Bid to end traffic woe at retail park
09 April 2008
AN EMERGENCY summit has come up with fresh ideas to end traffic gridlock blighting Arena Retail Park in Green Lanes.
Haringey Council called a meeting with park owners Wildmoor Properties and Sainsbury’s representatives in a bid to ease problems of traffic getting out of the shopping complex on to Green Lanes.
Options included re-routing traffic around the complex and introducing a bus stop lay-by at the junction with Williamson Road so cars do not have to wait behind buses.
The representatives also agreed to talks with London and Quadrant Housing Trust, which owns land behind the site, about creating emergency access only from Finsbury Park Avenue.
Councillor Brian Haley, cabinet member for environment and conservation, said: “There is no simple solution. We need to work with a range of partners to tackle this effectively.
“I look forward to meeting with both organisations again in May and I hope positive progress has been made.”
The proposals were given a cool reception by Jim Cassins, chairman of neighbouring Hermitage Road, Oakdale Road, Beechfield Road and Ashfield Residents’ Association, who has witnessed the traffic chaos.
He said: “They need another exit. If they push all that traffic onto Finsbury Park Avenue, there will be accidents. It’s not fair to people who live there.”
He says instead an exit through Doncaster Gardens “would be a good means of getting traffic out of Sainsbury’s car park on to Green Lanes”. He added: “Rather than talk, they have to act or it’s never going to end.”
Transport for London has promised new traffic light “phasings” will be working in June and allow “the lights to synchronise more effectively with other junctions”.