Now Liverpool Road is busier than the A1
28 May, 2021
‘There is just too much traffic and too much of it is on side streets where most of us live’
• LIVERPOOL Road certainly does need controls, (A route crying out for an LTN, May 21).
Unconnected with the writer of that letter, two of us went out on Tuesday May 18 between 5.20pm and 5.50pm to count the vehicles heading north on Liverpool Road and Upper Street, just north of their junctions with Barnsbury Street.
Results: excluding motorbikes, we counted 267 motor vehicles on Liverpool Road and 85 on Upper Street (and 14 buses).
There were more than three times as many cars, vans, etc, on residential Liverpool Road as there were on the main road Upper Street. This is an important and disturbing finding.
How did we find ourselves in this absurd situation, that the almost entirely residential Liverpool Road is taking more than three times the traffic as the A1?
Certainly no one was consulted about it. We just let it happen. For more information about the state of our roads and what needs to be done, please visit LowTrafficIslington.org.
There is just too much traffic and too much of it is on side streets where most of us live. This is why we need low traffic neighbourhoods.
By making driving less convenient, LTNs reduce the overall traffic levels and ensure that the only vehicles on roads like Liverpool Road are the vehicles that have a valid reason to be there.
PHIL BUCKLE, N1