After a six-year campaign local Liberal Democrats in Alexandra ward have welcomed the announcement last week of the start of consultations on the introduction of a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) ban and traffic calming measures.
From 14th April until 12th May local residents in the Palace Gates triangle area will be asked their opinion on traffic calming, including a 20mph limit and an HGV ban in the local area. Also in April local residents in the rest of the affected area will be consulted on the plan to ban HGVs.
For many years residents have been plagued by noise and vibration caused by HGV drivers taking shortcuts down small residential streets. The HGV exclusion area proposed stretches from Muswell Hill Broadway in the west, to Dukes Avenue in the south, to Alexandra Park Road/Albert Road in the north and Crescent Road in the east. The ban does not include Muswell Hill Broadway, Alexandra Park Road or Durnsford Road.
Cllr Susan Oatway, Alexandra ward, who brought together local residents, Haringey Council and private haulage companies, comments:
“The fact that this has taken six years to get to the consultation stage is testament to the shear perseverance of local residents, including the hard work of the Palace Gates and Dukes Avenue Residents’ Association, to rid our local streets of the menace of HGVs. We have all worked together to make Haringey Council and private companies sit up and listen.
“For too long local people have had to endure large lorries clogging the streets and thundering down roads.
“When you get the document through your door, please respond, and come to the exhibition if you have any questions.”
Lynne Featherstone MP, adds:
“This is a victory for the local community. Thanks should also go to Susan Oatway who has tirelessly supported local residents in their cause. Well done and everybody – now take part in the consultation.”
The start of the HGV ban (vehicles over 7.5 tonnes) consultation in the Dukes Avenue area is yet to be confirmed.
A proposed exhibition will take place at the Alexandra Park Library on 24th/25th April to take local residents through the plans for the traffic calming and 20mph limit plans (to be confirmed)
London Buses, all emergency services, Freight Transport Association, Road Haulage Association, London Cycling Campaign and Transport for London’s Network Assurance Team are all consulted along with the relevant councillors and residents.