Plan to ease car park chaos
28 May 2008
SEVERE congestion and road rage at a shopping complex may become a thing of the past if a new Haringey Council plan works out.
Huge traffic jams at the Arena Retail Park and Sainsbury’s, leading into Williamson Road and Green Lanes, Harringay, had shoppers fuming and some even abandoning their cars in the car park last year.
Following a campaign for changes to the traffic lights and junctions by residents, new measures were agreed last week by the council and Arena complex owners Wildmoor Properties.
New measures will see traffic re-routed around the shopping complex and upgraded traffic lights around the junction with Green Lanes.
Sainsbury’s has also agreed to reconfigure its car park, removing the existing conflict between drivers entering and leaving, and improving traffic flow.
The plans still have to be submitted to the council and approved by its planning committee, but Wildmoor Properties has agreed to trial the closure of its car park entrance closest to Green Lanes at peak times and weekends, following the upgrading of the traffic lights, with drivers entering further along Williamson Road instead.
Transport for London should start work on the traffic lights at Williamson Road this summer, taking four weeks to complete.
Williamson Road may also be widened and its two-lane stretch lengthened for motorists leaving the shopping complex, to prevent motorists turning left into Green Lanes from becoming stuck behind traffic turning right.
Cabinet member for environment and conservation, Councillor Brian Haley, said: “We’ll now monitor the impact of the package of improvements and, if necessary, look at whether there’s anything else we can do to tackle congestion in the area.”
Jim Cassins, of South Tottenham Residents’ Association, said: “Anything is better than the current situation, but I would have to see it trialled first. I went into Sainsbury’s at nine o’clock in the morning at the weekend and it still took me half an hour to get out.<