Monday, June 13th 2016 at 6:08PM BST
Wightman Road, a residential road in Haringey, north London, should be kept traffic-free after bridge works have finished, argue campaigners. The B-road is usually treated as an A-road by motorists and the local authority but following its closure for bridge-works residents have discovered its tranquil side.
Air quality has improved since the closure took effect in April and the largely traffic-free route has provided a “huge boost” for walking and cycling, say two campaign groups. Haringey Cycling Campaign and Living Wightman have joined forces to lobby for the local authority to keep Wightman Road closed after the bridge works have finished.
“The impact on the local community of drastically reducing the 120,000 cars and vans which used this road every week has been a literal breath of fresh air,” said a joint press release from the two organisations. Living Wightman is a campaign group made up of residents seeking a “safer, healthier and happier future” for those living on or near the road.