On Monday evening, cabinet member for environment, transport and the climate emergency and deputy leader of the council, Mike Hakata, joined almost 100 Ladder residents on a Zoom meeting organised by community group Harringay Ladder Healthy Streets (HLHS).
In the context of the introduction of a number of low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) in the borough, the meeting was set up to answer residents' questions about what solution will be brought to the Ladder to finally deal with the huge volumes of traffic passing through the neighbourhood.
Whilst Mike gave few clues about what shape any solution might take, he did appear to show a real understanding of the need to deal with Ladder traffic and he skteched out some outlines about how the project would run.
"There must be a solution for the Ladder", he said. "This has been one of the most critical zones of traffic issues in the borough for two or more decades".
Mike then outlined a series of three parallel projects to deal with traffic issues in the central part of the south of the borough. The first, already in play, is dealing with the Woodlands Park area (referred to as the St Ann's LTN). The second will deal with the Ladder. The third will focus on just Green Lanes. Mike said that the Ladder project will include the rung roads, Endymion Road, Wightman Road and Turnpike Lane.
The timetable will build on the initial consultation that took place in February through the Commonplace map approach.
Mike told the meeting that the council is currently finalising the contract with consultants NRP to run the consultation and support the design process.
By January/February 2022, Mike said that he expects to be consulting again with community groups, including the Harringay Ladder Healthy Streets group.
Initial designs, he promised, should be published after the local elections in May and he said that we could reasonably expect work to start next summer.
Let's all get involved and meanwhile keep our fingers crossed and hope that this time the council is prepared to show sufficient boldness to finally deal with the Ladder's traffic.
Watch a recording here.
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The missing link to a recording of the meeting has now been added at the bottom of the original post.
What happened to the last Haringey councillor who tried to fix the traffic issues on the ladder...
Was he doxed?
Back then the worst that would happen might be a hand-delivered letter to their door. Things have 'progressed' significantly since then.
The clear and obvious solution to Ladder traffic is
a) the implementation of these signs at the exit point of each of the rungs (with enforcement cameras. of course)
b} the removal of parking paces to allow for a cul-de-sac turning area at these exit points.
c] Single-sided or alternate-sided parking sections along each rung to allow for the limited 2-way traffic that would ensue.