The information below has been provided by James Aufenast of Winton Avenue:
Following a meeting between Alexandra and Bound Green councillors and traffic officers at Haringey Council, a bid has been submitted for a Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) scheme in Bounds Green.
The bid is a direct response to the proposal for a LTN in neighbouring Bowes Park, submitted by Enfield Council. It is aimed at mitigating the impact of traffic overflow from Bowes Park, and covers the area bounded by the North Circular, Albert Recreation Ground and the Muswell Hill Golf Course Allotments.
The result of the bid will be known by the end of August, and if the bid is awarded the LTN will go live in September and October. This will follow engagement with local residents. A six-month consultation will commence once the LTN is in place.
According to a statement by the Council: “This area of the borough suffers from significant problems of rat running, high levels of congestion and low air quality. Much of the traffic in this area is through traffic from the A406 north circular by passing Bounds Green Road using Winton Avenue and Blake Road.”
The LTN proposals include:
- Modal filters at key locations to reduce the ability for non-local through traffic to permeate the area
- Rationalising two-way traffic flows into one-way streets to reduce traffic and movement in the LTN area
- Traffic reduction and bus priority to prioritise access for those walking, cycling, and using public transport
The Council added: “A LTN in Bounds Green will provide many benefits but primarily dramatically reduce the amount of motor traffic on streets in the area. This will enable people who live in the area to walk and cycle safely in the area and allow children to travel more safely to school. The impact of the LTN scheme on active travel in the area would be significant. The proposals would enable local people to walk and cycle more and provide more space for social distancing whilst moving around the area.
“Some journeys by car will be impacted by the proposals. However, all addresses will be accessible by motor vehicle for access of local residents, delivery vehicles and servicing. Local stakeholders will be involved in development of the scheme to ensure benefit realisation and resolution of any local issues in scheme implementation.”