£1.6m invested in reducing danger on Haringey roads
A review on road safety across Haringey with the introduction of new safety measures has been given the go ahead with a £1.6m investment.
The funding will help Haringey deliver the Mayor of London’s Vision Zero, which aims to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries from London’s transport network by 2041.
The ‘Safe Systems approach’ endorsed by the Royal Society of Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is being used to assess and improve road safety across all Haringey roads by exploring road design, safe speeds, vehicle safety, safe road use and post-crash responses.
Determining the improvements that are made to roads and pavements will be pro-active, rather than waiting for an accident to happen and then reacting, by using evidence-led data to identify areas of concern and the best solution to increase safety.
The investment plan has highlighted four key areas for review; Safe Speeds to reduce the likelihood and severity of collisions, Safe Streets to help people feel safe to use Haringey’s streets freely and encourage active and sustainable travel modes, Safe Vehicles to ensure those driving on local roads are operating as safely as possible, and Safe Behaviour that encourages everyone travels safely and is aware of other road users’ needs.
Cllr Seema Chandwani, Cabinet Member for Customer Service, Welfare and The Public Realm, said: “No one should feel that they’re not safe when travelling across Haringey, and it is vital that we do all we can to achieve Vision Zero and protect all road users.
“Using evidence-led data we will be able to identify where we improve our road and pavement infrastructure and address areas where our residents have raised specific concerns.
“This will help us to gain insight into the needs of those using our roads and work towards a borough that is safer and more sustainable.”
The council will also use the funding to take steps to increase safety among its fleet of vehicles when travelling across the borough by introducing Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA), whilst also campaigning for TfL to introduce this measure on all taxis and private hire vehicles as well.
Education in schools, enhanced enforcement action and joint operations between the council and police will also be used to tackle road danger and help achieve Vision Zero in Haringey.
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