There's a lot of ongoing discussions on this site regarding local traffic issues, with the volume of traffic on Wightman road a key issue, both making Wightman road unpleasant (even with the poorly signposted 20 zone), and creating more traffic on the ladder.
Given this, I was amazed a couple of weeks ago to see the design of the junction of Wightman road & Turnpike line, which basically tells drivers 'come on in, this is a big through road'...
Wightman road at this junction has an amazing 6 lanes, in strong contrast to the one each way further south.
Maybe traffic volumes would reduce if there was a redesign of this junction, narrowing down & making Wightman Road much less attractive to through traffic?
If you don't see the junction often (I was on a passing bus), then the google street view of the junction is here (if the very long URL survives...):
I have been outstandingly successful with liveried lorries. Collect a registration number, note the time of visit, google for their website and email the "contact us" address. Serco were amazing and no longer take their early morning prisoner convoy down Wightman.
Yesterday my wife was followed into Lausanne by a very big truck (she said bigger than a skip truck). She stopped in the middle of the road with her hazard lights on, got out and asked the driver if he spotted the 7.5t sign. He said he hadn't, bent over backwards to be polite and reversed out of the street. I am sure that this is how things are done in Muesli Hill.
Tony Kennedy has promised both myself and wifey to get the 7.5t signs at the entrance to Willoughby and Hampden put up but... I notice he put the one at this junction in a really useless spot but perhaps there was not much choice.
There is a Royal Mail truck that speeds up Umfreville Road and over the speed hump outside my flat every morning just after 6am, I'm just not sure how to know if over 7.5 tons without standing in the middle of the road in the dark trying to flag him down. It's certainly starting to cause structural damage though. He then travels at about 40 mph down Wightman.
Cheers, I've not managed to get his number yet but will do as you suggest when get lucky.
I must say, I don't agree with all the talk to try and reduce and re-route traffic from Wightman Rd, or even the Ladder roads. Sure, slow it down, but don't re-route it. The Ladder roads have very little traffic anyway, including key cross-overs like Frobisher Rd.
The main problem is: Where would it go? Green Lanes is gridlocked as it is. People don't want the noise and hassle of traffic, but, well, this is a busy city!
Plus, blocking off roads, as was suggested for Wightman Rd in a proposal document by- sorry I forget, a retired police officer or something? - utterly changes the life of an area. I think the blocks on Wilberforce Rd and Finsbury Park Rd etc make the place dead and miserable.
Not sure you'd agree if you had to live with the traffic we have Dominic.
Do you agree with the blocking off of the Gardens?
I live on Grand Parade so I do live with a lot of traffic!
I wasn't in the area before the Gardens were blocked off, so I can't compare before and after, but I would prefer if they weren't blocked off.
I don't think the arguments for blocking off roads in residential areas wash. Road noise can be more-or-less eliminated by double or secondary glazing by the resident and safety should be the responsibility of parents and drivers not tarmac and bollards.
Pushing all the traffic into someone else's backyard doesn't solve anything. I was astounded when I read in (found the link now) ward sergeant, Jono Clay-Michael's Traffic Calming Proposal that the suggested alternative route would be Stroud Green Rd/ Crouch Hill/ Topsfield Parade/ Church Lane or Tottenham Lane/ Turnpike Lane. How are the residential areas along that route any different to the one on Wightman Rd?
Ah I see. You've just changed your profile. Previously you gave a Gardens address.
I think if you buy or rent a property on a busy road, you can expect to....well... live on a busy road.
What's happened on the Ladder roads is that they used to have some, but not an unreasonable amount of traffic. That was changed significantly as a result of the various changes to traffic flow in the area. What the current petition is asking for is for the current funding to be used in part to rebalance things. It's not asking for roads to be closed off necessarily. We're asking for a solution to be worked out by the experts. not proscribing one.