Could Hornsey Park Road become a living street?

John Miles

Not built for this, surely
Not built for this, surely

If you live in Hornsey Park Road now’s the time to demand change. A couple of weeks ago I joined the Living Streets Haringey webinar hosted by the Muswell Hill Sustainability Group. Living Streets want to get vehicle traffic reduced with more space for pedestrians and cyclists.

We know all about this on Hornsey Park Road. The street is often in poor repair and the pavement's a disgrace. The figures from 2014 show 8-9000 vehicles a day travelling in each direction. Locally, vehicle ownership appears to have declined since then but the numbers driving through (including large trucks and out of service buses) has stayed the same. Many people report so much noise and vibration that they avoid the front of their houses. The first few weeks of the lockdown vastly improved air quality.

Maintenance is always behind
Maintenance is always behind

We haven’t been idle. The original 20 hour limit, the narrowing by the Mall and at Clarendon Road, the build-outs and tree-planting next to The Avenue, the restored off-pavement parking southbound from Ravenstone Road – these are all the result of our campaigns. Soon there’s to be a new table-top and reduced parking opposite the lime-trees and the new park entrance. But it’s not enough. We need a permanent weight reduction for a start and a proper consultation about the road with full political support from our elected representatives and the Council’s Highways department.

Buses are always a squeeze
Buses are always a squeeze

The Greater London Authority’s new Streetspace initiative promises new cycle lanes and wider pavements in London. But getting things to change here will not be easy. The planners will have a real problem finding alternative north and south routes. But change is essential and a new generation of Hornsey Park Road residents are impatient for it to happen. We don’t have to put up with it anymore. So look out for our new campaign proposals. Please get involved and support them. 

3 comments on “Could Hornsey Park Road become a living street?”

  1. In my view, there is only one tangible solution for traffic on HPR and that is to make the road one-way probably the other way to Alexandra Road. When there was a trail, residents voted overwhelmingly for a one way system.

  2. Great to hear that you are setting up a low traffic campaign! I live in the Alexandra Park neighbourhood, and am aware that the traffic that runs through our area from beyond the north circular also blights many neighbourhoods to the south of us. Hornsey Park Road acts as a funnel for much of this traffic, so a low traffic neighbourhood here, stopping this through-traffic, would not just benefit residents here but also those in a much wider area. It may also of course impact negatively on some other neighbourhoods - so has to be part of an integrated scheme. More ideas in the post I've just put on Harringay Online:

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