Road plan lunacy (Seven Sisters Road)


[from Hackney Gazette]

“Crossing conditions are unsafe, links to community facilities poor and the treatment of the road unsightly. The wide road creates high traffic speeds. The community has consistently emphasised this.”

“The existing road through Woodberry Down is an anomaly – the only six-lane section in the area. Both east and west have four lanes (two all vehicle and two bus lanes).”

Road plan lunacy

hg.editorial@archant.co.uk
14 September 2007

Plans to reduce traffic on the notorious Seven Sisters Road rat run by narrowing the dual carriageway from six lanes to just two for cars and a bus lane in either direction have been branded as lunacy by a Hackney councillor and dangerous by London Ambulance Service.

Cllr Maureen Middleton, who represents New River ward, believes that instead of cars speeding down the stretch of road between the junctions with Green Lanes and Amhurst Park, a major accident blackspot, the proposals will result in a bottleneck of traffic, increasing congestion and pollution at peak times.

She said: “The reduction of Seven Sisters Road is going to be appalling. Where is the traffic going to go and what if there is no access for emergency vehicles? It is crazy.”

A spokesman for London Ambulance Service added: “We feel that a reduction in road capacity would be likely to increase road congestion and potentially cause a delay in answering emergency calls.”

The scheme forms part of the £1 billion, 20-year masterplan to rejuvenate the Woodberry Down estate, approved on Monday by Hackney Council’s planning committee.

Transport for London, which is responsible for the road, has yet to approve the scheme.

The council dismissed 50 formal objections to the scheme, 30 of which came from individual residents and one of which was lodged by the Woodberry Down Estate Development Committee, which represents the tenants, who argued that reducing road capacity would add to congestion in the wider area and contribute towards rat-running along Woodberry Grove.

The council states in the masterplan that congestion in Seven Sisters Road will increase by no more than 15 per cent.

A council spokesman said: “Crossing conditions are unsafe, links to community facilities poor and the treatment of the road unsightly. The wide road creates high traffic speeds. The community has consistently emphasised this.

“The existing road through Woodberry Down is an anomaly – the only six-lane section in the area. Both east and west have four lanes (two all vehicle and two bus lanes).

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