Impact on residents
The Liveable Crouch End scheme aims to make significant changes to the way people move around the area.
- What will the changes look like?
- Trial road closure
- Parking spaces
- Road closures
- Parking and loading bays
- Changes for commuters/cyclists/pedestrians
The designs have been shaped by what you told us during the pre-engagement period. We are working on plans which have been informed by your comments but still need to develop the specifics and make sure these plans work in practice before we can show you the details.
You told us you wanted:
- greening and tree planting
- footway widening and better surfaces
- new pedestrian crossings on desire lines and improvements to existing crossings
- priority for pedestrians and cyclists over vehicles at side streets
- pedestrianisation of roads and / or trial road closures for community events such as markets or other social events
- re-allocation of road space to parklets
- improvements to freight and services
- Improved air quality
To test some of the above changes we are now proposing to trial one element of the scheme options that were put forward at the co-design workshops earlier in the year. We want to trial a closure on Middle Lane and other traffic reduction measures in that area for two weeks starting on 7 October. The aims of the trial are to:
- provide the opportunity for the community to understand some of the positive aspects of road closures and filtered permeability being proposed in the wider scheme
- enable us to explore with cyclists the potential for a cycle route along Middle Lane
- provide us with traffic data to explore if traffic levels decrease across the area, and also if there is an impact on Ferme Park Road traffic as a result of this closure
- provide an opportunity to undertake additional origin and destination surveys to further enhance our understanding of the through traffic in the area.
The trial will help us to understand the effects of the closures which could be implemented as part of the Liveable Crouch End scheme and help us develop the final designs which will be put forward to the public for consultation later in the year.
We want to ensure any designs put forward to you will work if they are taken forward, so this trial is an opportunity for the Council and residents to see what the potential effects of road closures in Crouch End could be.
More information on the trial has been sent to residents and businesses in the area and is available on the Trials page.
Residents on Farrer Road and Park Avenue South have also received a letter advising of additional measures for their roads, should the trial cause significant amounts of traffic to divert along them. Please find the letter below:
We want the area to be as accessible as possible to everyone, and the scheme will be co-designed with the community to ensure inclusion and improved accessibility.
Some parking spaces could be reallocated for parklets, cycle parking or taken out to put in new pedestrian crossing facilities but these will be subject to consultation in due course.
Some partial or full road closures are being looked at as part of the scheme as the local community said they wanted to see a reduction in traffic through the area and improved air quality but this will be subject to consultation in due course.
Parking and loading bays and restrictions are being reviewed as part of the overall scheme but changes will only be made if they look beneficial to the scheme aims of encouraging walking, cycling and public transport, and if the local community are in favour.
- Commuter: improvements made as part of the Liveable Crouch End scheme will help to reduce bus journey time and ease congestion, leading to better fuel efficiency and lower carbon emissions. Wider footways in the town centre will make waiting for buses more pleasant as well.
- Cyclist: the Liveable Crouch End scheme will be designed around creating safer journey for cyclists, with reduced congestion, improved stopping at junctions and better air quality as carbon emissions are lowered.
- Pedestrian: the final scheme will include better crossing facilities and changes to the pedestrian areas of Crouch End, such as better and wider paving, areas to sit and rest, greening, and will benefit all by lowering carbon emissions, making a safer journey for everyone.
The Police and Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be involved throughout and safety reviews of the final designs are also required. Safety will be embedded at all stages of the scheme design.