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Does Crouch End need through traffic - no, resoundingly , no, it does not. #LiveableCrouchEnd

There is a question on the newly announced Liveable Crouch End questionnaire which asks

"In order to improve air quality and reduce traffic in high pedestrian areas of the Town Centre, one idea is to stop through-traffic on key main roads, such as The Broadway, Crouch End Hill, Crouch Hill, Park Road or Tottenham Lane. Interventions may be 24 hours or only at certain times of the day and would not affect bus routes or emergency vehicles."

I am grateful to Brian Bowles on Facebook for foreknowledge that one of the new proposals might include the closure of both Crouch Hill and Crouch End Hill.

This is a proposal which seems to have much merit.

Much of the anecdotal evidence (mainly complaints) was that there was little diminution in through traffic during the trial, resulting in jams.

This proposal will effectively eliminate through traffic altogether.

This, I think is the To go large, and go Dutch. option in a recent Neighbourhood Forum blog.

It is an approach that has worked well elsewhere, for example, Pontevedra in Spain. The article in the Guardian identifies some of the problems that remain.

My reply to this question was that I would be very supportive.

Tags: 2020 questionnaire, liveable crouch end

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