UPDATE 18th March, 2014 - email received from Tony Kennedy, Group Manager - Sustainable Transport, Haringey Council
We are currently identifying stakeholders to invite to the inception meeting. We will liaise with the Local Ward Councillors to identify local groups who may want to participate in this process. If you would like to suggest any groups we are happy to consider them. We are keen for the community to assist us in developing for this area.
Funding of £255k is to be used specifically for pedestrian and cyclists improvements underneath and close to the widened bridge and the junction of Tottenham Lane and Turnpike Lane. Additional funding is available to improve lighting and the general appearance under the bridge. No further funding is identified at this present time.
You will have the opportunity at the meeting to air your views and discuss issues with other stakeholders.
I hope that I have addressed your concerns and look forward to hearing your views at the meeting I will be arranging, the date of which I will be finalising in the near future.
We are starting a blog on the impact of the temporary narrowing of Turnpike Lane/ Hornsey High Street beneath the railway bridge, installed as part of Network Rail’s work to widen the bridge.
Narrowing the road was proposed by PMRA back in 2008 and widely supported by, amongst others TfL, the local LibDems and GLA LibDem member Caroline Pigeon. Proposals back then were
sidelined by Haringey’s Frontline officers because there was no money for either a study or permanent works. Now, in spring of 2013, there are both. The temporary works provides direct evidence – far better than any desktop study, while the council is holding £800,000 for improvements to the immediate area (received from granting planning permission for the development of Coronation Sidings). Meanwhile, its own policies are to improve east-west lines under the bridge, to encourage and make safer walking and cycling and better connect the east and west Heartlands.
A look at the temporary works proves there is space for wider footpaths and cycle, whilst maintaining sufficient carriageway width and traffic flow. The change would make the area under the bridge much more pleasant and safer. Only a very short length of bus lane would be affected – with negligible effect on bus reliability (4pm to 7pm). However, the benefits for pedestrians and cyclist would be immense.
We would need to mobilise support, particularly those who walk to school or walk or cycle this way. This is our most important link and the beginning of the infamous Haringey east/west social and economic divide. The suggested improvement will help get a better Heartlands too.
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