Walking and cycling commitment showcased in Haringey
A £114million programme to encourage walking and cycling in London was celebrated at Alexandra Palace yesterday, with Haringey leading the way through its Liveable Crouch End scheme.
The Liveable Neighbourhoods event was attended by London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner Will Norman, Haringey Council Leader Cllr Joseph Ejiofor, Chief Executive Zina Etheridge, and Cllr Kirsten Hearn, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Sustainability, as well as transport policy and civic leaders from across the capital.
The event showcased the ambitious work being carried out by Haringey in Crouch End, to challenge the dominance of car use. Under current proposals, pedestrian and cycling conditions in Crouch End town centre will be improved to help encourage more active travel in the area, tackling congestion and improving air quality and residents’ wellbeing.
The proposals look to create a new square incorporating the clock tower, currently surrounded by traffic on all sides. Segregated cycle routes will feed the town centre, pedestrian crossings will be improved and traffic will be reduced on residential streets with new modal filters.
The aim is to make the area cleaner, greener and healthier.
Extensive engagement with the community is at the heart of the project. So far this has included a series of co-design workshops which residents could attend to discuss plans and submit their own ideas for improving Crouch End’s streets. A public consultation will follow later in the year.
Haringey was one of the first boroughs to receive Liveable Neighbourhoods funding from the Mayor of London through Transport for London in November 2017, with £4.8million allocated to Crouch End.
Cllr Joseph Ejiofor, Leader of Haringey Council, said: “Haringey is committed to sustainable transport and making the borough more accessible for pedestrians and cyclists – it is vital that we reduce car use, for the environment, for our own health and for our children’s futures.”
Cllr Kirsten Hearn, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Sustainability, said: “Liveable Crouch End will create a more people-friendly environment for residents, businesses and visitors to the area to enjoy, making the roads safer and helping to reduce reliance on private use vehicles. We are proud to host the inaugural Liveable Neighbourhoods conference to show the rest of London what we are doing to tackle air pollution and make walking and cycling a safe and desirable option.”
At the event, Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: “Our Liveable Neighbourhoods funding is helping transform town centres in 18 boroughs across London, including Haringey. I’m delighted to see the ambitious plans in Crouch End progress - helping reduce car use and enable more people to walk and cycle. By working together we can make our neighbourhoods cleaner and greener for everyone, which is crucial for the future of our city.”
There is more information on Liveable Crouch End here.
Liveable Neighbourhoods is a programme funded by TfL, assisting 18 London Boroughs to create safer and more accessible streets for sustainable forms of transport. More information is available at the TfL website.