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Archway traffic: ‘Gyratory changes turned our streets into rat-runs’ say Hazellville Road and Cressida Road neighbours

PUBLISHED: 14:10 24 October 2017 | UPDATED: 14:13 24 October 2017

A lorry reversing out of Hazellville Road into Cheverton Road. Picture: Sonal Sodha

A lorry reversing out of Hazellville Road into Cheverton Road. Picture: Sonal Sodha

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Neighbours in Hornsey Rise say the new-look Archway gyratory is funnelling too much traffic down their residential streets.

And they believe TfL could lessen the problem by reintroducing right-turns into Archway Road from St John’s Way – something they’ve been calling for since the turns were removed in the renovation.

Drivers heading north onto the A1 are forced to use Cressida and Hazellville roads as a cut-through, but the people who live there say the narrow, steep roads are unsuitable for traffic, including HGVs, which are becoming more common.

Ronny Abbott lives in Partington Close at the bottom of the Hazellville Road hill.

“It’s the big trucks,” he said. “You hear them loudly braking when they try and get through these narrow roads.”

Improvements to Archway began in February 2016, and included changes from a one-way to two-way traffic system, building more cycle lanes and replacing an underpass with pedestrian crossings.

But Transport for London insisted a right-hand turn into Archway Road, called for by motorists and neighbours, would create unacceptable delays to traffic approaching Archway and decrease “green signal time” at the junction.

Merilyn Moos has lived in Cressida Road for 25 years and has noticed the recent increase in traffic.

“It’s so noisy for long parts of the day now,” she said. “It’s noisy at rush-hour, but also really bad mid-morning.

“It’s an evidently residential road, yet I’ve seen lorries trying to get down here. I once saw two lorries come through at the same time and it was total gridlock.”

People are worried about road safety, too. Tom Forde, who’s lived in Cressida Road since 1984, said: “The serious thing is the schools – there are four nearby. The traffic down this road is a total danger to the old folks and to the children.”

By combining her own measurements with estimates given by Islington Council prior to the changes, another neighbour – Sonal Keay of Hazellville Road – has calculated that traffic down her street has quadrupled.

TfL said: “Allowing a right turn would have significant negative impacts on all other users at this junction, would result in the loss of more trees and would not allow for segregated cycling facilities.”

But it is planning traffic counts in the area soon.

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