Haringey Council must drastically reduce traffic and pollution across the residential area of Wightman Road/Harringay Ladder, London N4

The British Government, Mayor of London, National environmental agencies, Haringey Council - all these have policies that aim to reduce car use and NO2 pollution levels.

Parallel to Green Lanes, Wightman Road is a residential road in Harringay, North London that runs between Turnpike Lane in the north and Alroy Road (next to Finsbury Park) in the south.  The Harringay Ladder is a residential community of approximately 10,000 residents, including two primary schools.

Wightman Road’s narrow mile-long stretch of road  carries over 120,000 motor vehicles each week (including many illegal weight HGVs and commercial vehicles) through a residential area – this is almost as busy as Seven Sisters Road in N17, and is actually busier than Turnpike Lane, both of which are major A roads. As the Ladder's geography works to siphon traffic off Green Lanes up to Wightman Road (or the reverse) ten of the narrow residential rung roads on the Ladder also carry more than 10,000 vehicles a week.

Wightman Road/Harringay Ladder has become a 'Sacrifice Zone' to commuting through traffic as a consequence of the area being virtually the only zone in an eight square mile radius without measures to stop or seriously reduce through traffic.
Pollution monitoring shows regular exceeding of the legal limit for NO2 air pollution.

Wightman Road only works for such traffic volume because cars are parked on pavements obstructing wheelchairs, mobility scooters and parents with pushchairs. This narrow road is dangerous for cyclists, the traffic islands reduce road width further and those cycle lanes that do exist breach TfL guidelines and put cyclists’ lives seriously at risk. It is essential to make Wightman Road a safe cycle route.

Though Wightman Road is a residential road it has become a Green Lanes Bypass.

Haringey Council planning has  prioritised traffic expediency over residents and pedestrians and there are only three traffic light controlled pedestrian crossings along Wightman Road’s mile length. The road is blighted by traffic, pollution, dirt and litter  -these all combine to mitigate against quality of life for residents and the community. It is unacceptable that windows can’t be opened due to pollution, dirt and noise.

Wightman Road is unsafe for pedestrians, cyclists, residents, families - resident health and wellbeing is sacrificed to traffic advantage.

This is why Living Wightman was founded, to campaign for drastic reduction and rationalisation of traffic.