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From: Better Archway Forum <contact>
Subject: Archway Gyratory + Housing Consultation
Date: 6 December 2017 at 12:56:39 GMT
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Archway Gyratory + Housing Consultation
Feedback on the Gyratory Changes
Both TfL and Islington have said they welcome feedback on the new layout at Archway as now that work has been completed they are looking at what could be improved.
If you would like to offer your thoughts you should write to:
Barry John (ST) john.barry
Cooijmans, Martijn martijn.cooijmans
Islington Exec member for Transport claudia.webbe
Deputy Mayor for Transport Val Shawcross val.shawcross
Plus GLA members jennette.arnold (the representative of our area), caroline.pidgeon and caroline.russell who are GLA members on the Transport Committee and have been working on these issues.
Better Archway has written with the suggestions below, looking at what could be done immediately, what might be done in the medium term, and longer term suggestions. The aim is to improve the working of the area, not least for public transport users, but also to reduce displaced traffic and rat running. You may have other contributions based on your own experiences of the changes. If so please copy contact so we can include those with ours.
- Halt the 210 bus at Stop G on Tollhouse Way instead of C on Highgate Hill, to provide a common stop with the 41 towards Hornsey Rise.
- Re-instate former Stop G at the bottom of Archway Road northbound. This was removed to make way for standing buses but its loss means the first common stop for northbound routes to Highgate Station, Muswell Hill and North Finchley is beyond Waterlow Road. It would take little of the wide footway and two lanes dedicated to buses here to provide the space needed for a bus stop.
- There is also a need for a common stop E to Highgate Village and Brent Cross. The logical place for this would be just north of Macdonald Road on Highgate Hill. Here the pavement is still quite wide and is against a blind flank wall of the housing terrace. There is a cycle lane but no parking and it does seem that removing the railings is well within the scope of works typical to bus stops.
- It would appear that if all traffic from Macdonald Road were allowed to turn right along with the buses that would not cause anything like the problems caused currently by requiring most vehicles to turn left. That requirement is causing displacement and rat running through residential roads as well as illegal U-turns on Highgate Hill just north of Macdonald Road. It therefore seems that allowing the right turn for all vehicles would be beneficial.
- Finally, provide Macdonald Road with a set down and a pick up stop for the 41 to assist passengers to and from the Hospital. The pick-up stop would also be within reach of the W5 at a relocated stop E serving Crouch End. At present passengers hovering between the two routes risk a suicidal dash across Tollhouse Way.
In the short term it is difficult to see that these changes cannot be implemented, if necessary experimentally.
Extend terminating northbound bus routes to the Whittington Hospital, starting with the 17, and 390, turning at the main entrance before standing downhill on Highgate Hill where, since the road changes, there is much less traffic than before. There is enough turning space for this at the main Hospital entrance if the pavement island is shortened just slightly to accommodate the sweep of rear wheels.
Relocating the bus stands from Archway Road avoids the need for the right turn into Tollhouse Way and Highgate Hill, which should provide capacity instead to reinstate the right turn from St John’s Way, avoiding traffic displacement shortening mileage run by the 210.