Haringey is to be pressed into action by Lib Dem controlled Islington Council to improve the traffic chaos on Stroud Green Road. The move follows intervention by Haringey’s Lib Dem Leader Lynne Featherstone.
Ms Featherstone had asked Transport for London chief Derek Turner to help reduce the jams and bottlenecks on the busy road, which is often obstructed by traffic mayhem and illegally parked cars. The route, which forms part of the 210, W7 and W3 bus routes, is a vital link for Highgate, Muswell Hill and Crouch End, connecting them to the major transport interchange at Finsbury Park. However, bus journeys are often delayed by the jams on Stroud Green Road.
Co-ordinating the battle against illegal parking is not helped by the fact that the road forms part of the boundary between Islington and Haringey, and has in the past been victim of inadequate co-ordination between the two boroughs over the enforcement of parking restrictions.
However, as result of Lynne Featherstone’s intervention, Islington Council has told the Lib Dem leader that officials would meet with Haringey to set up a new joint initiative to tackle the problem. The two boroughs are now committed to enforcing their sides of the road together, which should result in a substantial improvement.
Commenting, Lynne Featherstone said:
“This is good news. However, the traffic and parking problems on Stroud Green Road have been around a long time. Haringey has dragged its feet in the past, but happily Islington is moving things forward. Buses must be able to travel freely and swiftly along their routes.”