6.30am on 12th March and yet another crash in Hornsey Park Road - this time a head on collision between two cars. A neighbour called the police. Two fire engines came to move the cars. The road was closed for a time and traffic forced to U turn and divert to the Mary Neuner Road. A shocked woman driver went away in an ambulance. Another neighbour had shouted at her to move her car to stop blocking the road and causing chaos. It looked like the southbound driver was going too fast and out of lane. Predictably, a double decker bus was caught up for the duration. We have asked the police what happened because theirs is the only record of this crash and the many like it.
There are more accidents in Hornsey Park Road than the council are aware of or will admit to: despite residents' pleas, they ignore accidents unless police report that there has been injury to a person. If there is no injury, no accident statistic is recorded. From such a lack of statistics, the council determine that the road has no problems and needs no investment. Mean time, residents are left to clear up the mess, offer help to those in distress, suffer damage to their cars and garden walls and worry that, next time, it could be far more serious. It's just a case of waiting for the next one!
Hornsey Park Road is has had the least amount of investment of all main routes through the borough, yet a new £5m road, paid for with public money, 100m to the west, lies all but empty - its traffic lights causing congestion and pollution. Worse, the council continues to divert more and more traffic onto Hornsey Park Road, with increasing traffic calming in the High Road, diversion of buses and regular closures of Alexandra Palace Way.
What can be done - it's easy: MOVE THE TRAFFIC TO MARY NEUNER ROAD! Traffic calm Hornsey Park Road. Be fair and share some of the investment across the borough on a road that should never have been turned into a by-pass 35 years ago.
In 2010, we protested, with the help of local politicians, to get traffic diverted and were promised action. What has happened since then?
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Our report on the first Wood Green Summit, organised on Zoom by the Wood Green Business Improvement District. After the grandiosity of the Heartlands developments might Haringey be discovering a sense of proportion?
There will be a playground and new green space by the lime trees. But most residents live on the other site of Hornsey Park Road. What better reason to install a new crossing and traffic calming measures?
We’ve decided to call off this Saturday’s meeting about Hornsey Park Road. MP Catherine West was to join have joined us at 11am by the new benches at ‘Mayes Corner’ at the back of the Shopping Mall. A lot of neighbours and friends were planning to attend. Although the government’s changed restrictions don’t apply until Monday this no longer seems a safe thing to do. Catherine will meet individual members of the Hornsey Park Road a Living Street group in the course of the morning instead.
Last year, 2020, was one of the busiest in our organisation's history.
The redevelopment of Mayes Corner and our ongoing fight to make Hornsey Park Road a Living Street' have seen some successes but also setbacks.
So where do we go from here?
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