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Why is this being imposed and inflicted upon us. None, repeat NONE of the people in my road wanted or asked for this chaos. It's all designed by trendy hipsters, too busy poking their unwanted noses into the business of the residents of Crouch End. It's a rubbish scheme, badly thought out, badly designed, hopelessly managed and designed to get the backs of the people of Middle Lane and streets off it. If this is supposed to be about pollution, well that fell flat on it's face from day 1. What took my mum 5 minutes to get to Queenswood Medical Centre now takes her (me as the carer) an extra 2 mile trip around the now jammed streets of Hornsey. Also if you now want to get to Park Road we now have to drive up to Town Hall then do a dangerous U Turn to get beck! It's a hair brained scheme designed by people who have a degree in eating avacados and no doubt don't live in the area or even drive. If these brainless dimwits understand Crouch End, the reason we live here as it's got no train or tube station so by virtue we use cars! Get rid of the gates on Middle Lane and give us back Crouch End as at present we've been annexed. Typical council forcing lefty green rubbish on us. Some of us have to use a car regardless unless you want to take my 87 year mum on your stupid bike! Hair brained or what!
So, first Saturday of the trial period. Some observations (purely personal, based on walking round Crouch End at various times).
The trial undoubtedly caught a lot of road users unawares. The chaotic scenes from earlier this week with ambulances flashing blue lights stuck in gridlocked traffic were not pretty and show this scheme needs a lot more careful thought before / if it is implemented. Emergency vehicles must be able to pass freely even in a perfect storm of major road works, poor weather and heavy traffic. Same for buses.
I witnessed and heard anecdotally of angry confrontations between motorists and the stewarding teams threatened with violence (stabbing !!) and verbally abused. This is not acceptable. They are doing their job in difficult circumstances and from what I have seen, they have been unfailingly helpful, polite and engaging with the public really well.
The scheme will inconvenience some, and benefit others. Whatever happens next, I hope further phase/s are handled better in terms of communication and consultation.
I live on Farrer Road and am fed up with it being used at rush hour like a speedway rat run, Drivers usually 4x4's race to the last third of the road where the traffic is stopped and queuing to cross over to Cranley Gardens. There is also a noticeable increase in vehicles cutting down our road during the day. The first week the additional traffic bypassing the traffic lights at the bottom of Muswell Hill, by cutting down Farrer Road, could also turn left to Crouch End. In the second week they put up a no left turn sign which is pretty useless. Because this pollution concentrating ring road scheme is likely to go ahead. I want Farrer Road closed as a no through road. I have also noticed an increase in vehicles queuing to get out of Etheldene onto Park Road, they creep out and block the left filter up Muswell Hill because they want to go down Priory Road at rush hour - really, really stupid and selfish driving it increases the tail back along Park Road.
I fear for parents who walk or allow their children to walk to St. Mary's Infants, St. Mary's Juniors, Greig City Academy, Campsbourne and Highgate Wood Schools. Haringey expect children to walk to school, yet they are exposing children to higher concentration levels of vehicle fumes because they are concentrating all vehicles on roads that are not fit for purpose as ring roads. Haringey is not reducing emissions they are merely concentrating emissions due to additional queuing and stop start driving.