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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

The trial projects include:

  • In Bushy Park, restricting all through traffic with a partial road closure between Teddington and Hampton Court Gates
  • In St James’s and Green Parks, closing the Mall and Constitution Hill to traffic on Saturdays, in addition to the regular Sunday closures
  • In Greenwich Park, a full-time closure of the Avenue to cut through vehicle traffic
  • In Hyde Park, trial closures of North Carriage Drive permanently, and South Carriage Drive on Saturdays, in addition to the regular Sunday closures
  • In Richmond Park, reducing cut through motor vehicles 

It's always a bit of a mystery to me why cars are permitted in parks in the first place.

Let's hope these trials are successful and the movement spreads to other parks..cough.. Finsbury Park...cough..

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Your analogy doesn’t really work does it? Using a lift doesn’t cause congestion, pollution or damage to the station. It doesn’t impair the enjoyment of the station.

But that’s beside the point, to be honest. I’d hope we could agree that the situations pictured above are not acceptable and that we should cast around for solutions that accommodate all park users. I would also hope that we can open these discussions up to see if other parks have solved the potential problems. Learning from other boroughs saves re-inventing the wheel. I don’t see why the choices should be simply ban all parking or allow all parking. 

I would suggest, for example, that limiting access to cars only to those who may need it most on days when park use is heavy such as bank holidays may actually make it easier for them to access the park facilities. I can’t imagine navigating between illegally parked cars and long lines of traffic would be easy for anyone who has trouble with mobility, sight or mental health conditions. Trials like the ones in the original posts could be be undertaken to establish if this was the case or not.

I don´t think it´s a matter of being happy with excluding people. I don´t have limited mobility myself, and I agree it´s something that should be factored in when making a decision on this. 

But a line should be drawn somewhere. A blue badge (even though as Darren mentioned these can also be misused) is at least a tangible requirement that would prevent people from getting away with parking in the park when they don´t actually need to. 

As you say, Tris, there´s no easy solution and I guess that´s why trials have been put in place, and in this case, Royal Parks will assess and take it from there. I believe that the starting premise to work from is how we can create healthier and environmentally friendlier cities where people and not cars are at the center of the decision-making. But I agree that inclusivity must be always in the mids of policymakers too.  

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