Transport for London has agreed to look again at a “dangerous” rat run that has been the subject of a six-month campaign by residents, according to an MP.
The roads network operator met with Hornsey and Wood Green MP Lynne Featherstone at City Hall last week to discuss the issue of Ringslade Road, in Wood Green.
Residents say nearly 3,000 cars and lorries cut through the quiet residential street every day to escape the ‘no right turn’ restrictions from High Road to Station Road.
They want to see the road closed to through-traffic or have the right turn restriction removed.
Cars and lorries are using Ringslade Road as a cut through between High Road (A) and Station Road (B)
Haringey Council says it has long been advised by TfL that removing the right turn restriction would not be feasible, and that closing the road would simply shift the problem elsewhere.
But Liberal Democrat politician Ms Featherstone, who is supporting the residents’ campaign, says TfL has now agreed to carry out traffic modelling in the next six weeks to assess the impact of changing the road layout.
She says the baton has now been passed to the local authority to act after her meeting with TfL representatives.
In a statement, she said: “Residents in Ringslade Road have been living with the problems caused by this rat run for too long.
“Haringey Council has refused to listen, and has always tried to shift the blame onto TfL for the lack of action.
“Now we have met with TfL, we know that they are open to change and will carry out traffic modelling to find a way forward.
“The final decision on what action to take rests with Haringey Council. I very much hope they finally listen to residents, and work with TfL to find a suitable solution.”
A Haringey Council spokesman said TfL’s agreement to carry out traffic modelling was “news to us”, but added that the authority would be “more than happy” to work with TfL.
The Haringey Independent has requested a comment and further details from TfL.