In case it's escaped your notice or slipped your mind, Wightman Road will be closed to through traffic for five months starting next Tuesday 29th March.
This will be a significant dislocation to North London traffic movement. So much so that warning notices have been placed as far away as Archway. No doubt it will also have a significant impact on Harringay's traffic.
However, there really is no alternative to at least partial road closure. The railway bridge between Alroy and Wightman roads is being replaced and there will simply be no road for a few months!
One option the Council could have taken would have been to simply reroute the traffic via the Ladder rung roads. It is to their credit, however, they recognised that with over 16,000 vehicles a day using Wightman Road, this would have placed an intolerable burden on our narrow residential roads, already beset by undue traffic volumes.
After consultation with residents, the solution decided upon is to place blocks at regular intervals along Wightman Road, in effect creating clusters of two or three rung roads. Whilst this will retain unfettered access for residents. it will render the whole Ladder, including Wightman, useless as a rat run. You can clearly see the details on the full size pdf map attached below.
Quite what it will mean for traffic in Harringay, Haringey and further afield remains to be seen. Those of us who have been working with the Council on this very much hope that traffic will quickly find other routes. It's fair to say, however, that at very best, we're going to experience some very heavy congestion on Green Lanes for a month or so.
At the same time, the Harringay traffic study will continue. The coincident timing of this piece of work with the bridge closure may be fortunate in that it will give the consultants an opportunity to study the outcome of diverting traffic away from Harringay.
A pdf copy of the Wightman Road closure is attached, along with some Council-produced documentation. You can stay up to date with what's happening on the Wightman Road closure on a dedicated page on the council website here.
Hi, do you happen to know whether pedestrians will also be able to access the cycle only sections?
On the temp bridge, yes they will.
We were told at the meeting last December that pedestrian access will be guaranteed. You can read my notes of that meeting here.
Thanks Hugh, this is really helpful. As a Wightman Road resident, I'm unclear as to whether we will be able to park outside our house during these works? Sorry if I've missed it in the above. Are you able to clarify please?
Or how your rubbish/recycling will be collected! Maybe the blocks will be easily moveable.
Veolia have ben involved in the consultation and the plan ensures full access for rubbish collection and all deliveries. The only thing is prevents are rat-running and easy access for Harringay residents to all points north and west.
They'll probably pick up while looping around the ladder roads.
The blockages are designed to create cells of roads, in one road, across a bit of Wightman, and out another road. At the top of the ladder (Hampden/Raleigh/Sydney) these will be two way roads and will have space reserved for turning at the end...
Certainly nothing has been mentioned to the effect that you won't be able to. It may be that the closure barriers will affect just a few spaces, but I imagine the effect of that would be minimal.
It is going to be an absolute nightmare - I don't know why the whole road had to be blocked off when I understand that the bridge that requires work is up one end. What are they thinking of?