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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.