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Islington in danger of being left behind when it comes to cutting traffic

13 April, 2018

St John’s Church of England School deputy headteacher Nick Turpin with, from left, pupils Neo, 11, Luca, 9, and Leila, 8, standing where they want the zebra crossing

• THE children of St John’s Church of England School highlighted the blight of through traffic – “rat-running” – on Islington’s streets as well as the minimal impact of the 20mph speed restriction throughout the borough, (Zebra crossing plea from school in ‘rat-run’ road, March 30).

In Hackney, School Streets are being introduced, a scheme where the road outside a school is closed to traffic at the school’s opening and closing times. Camden too has trialled this and is also looking at only low-emission vehicles being allowed in streets around schools.

Once again, when it comes to traffic reduction, Islington is in danger of falling behind its neighbours. Its flagship 20mph scheme suffers from lack of enforcement.

Transport and its associated health and environment issues will be debated at a hustings jointly organised by Cycle Islington and Islington Living Streets which will take place from 6.30-8.30pm on Monday at Christ Church, 155 Highbury Grove.

Everyone is welcome at the event where councillors Claudia Webbe (Labour) and Caroline Russell (Green Party) and Lib Dem candidate Kate Pothalingam will answer questions.

ALISON DINES
Cycle Islington

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