Is your road north London's worst rat-run?

Enfield Independent: The Times and Independent Series is on the lookout for the worst rat-run in north London The Times and Independent Series is on the lookout for the worst rat-run in north London

Traffic speeding along residential short cuts causes misery for the occupants of many streets across north London.

Now the Times and Independent Series is on the hunt for the worst rat-runs across our boroughs.

If you think you might live down one of Barnet, Enfield, Harrow, Haringey or Borehamwood’s most blighted thoroughfares, we want to hear from you.

Whether it’s commuters trying to shave a couple of minutes off their route to work, lorries squeezing down narrow roads, or an influx of parents on the school run – tell us why your street deserves the crown.

We want to name the worst rat runs in the borough and see what the council is doing to make them safer.

To put your street forward, send an email titled ‘Worst Rat Run’ to michael.pickard@london.newsquest.co.uk, with a brief explanation of the issues in your road and your contact details.

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10:15pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Ringslade Resident says...

Often dreamt about my road winning Britain in Bloom, but I think we've got a real chance with this one.
Ringslade Road, N22, a small one way road, lined with terraced cottages - the new North London through route... except for when the HGVs get stuck.....then nothing gets through......for a long time.
Often dreamt about my road winning Britain in Bloom, but I think we've got a real chance with this one. Ringslade Road, N22, a small one way road, lined with terraced cottages - the new North London through route... except for when the HGVs get stuck.....then nothing gets through......for a long time. Ringslade Resident
  • Score: 10

10:05am Sun 30 Mar 14

Warberry Resident says...

The Wood Green Bypass, also known as Ringslade Road, has to be a strong contender for the tittle.

The paper asks, what the council are doing to make it safer, in a word, nothing.

In a year or so, we have gone from 2600 vehicles a day to 3000 whilst Tony Kennedy at Haringey Council comes up with innovative solutions such as doing nothing to resolve the problem.
The Wood Green Bypass, also known as Ringslade Road, has to be a strong contender for the tittle. The paper asks, what the council are doing to make it safer, in a word, nothing. In a year or so, we have gone from 2600 vehicles a day to 3000 whilst Tony Kennedy at Haringey Council comes up with innovative solutions such as doing nothing to resolve the problem. Warberry Resident
  • Score: 13

10:08am Sun 30 Mar 14

Warberry Resident says...

If you need to see an illustration of the traffic hell on Ringlsade, there is a picture illustrating our traffic hell in the picture gallery attached to this story.
If you need to see an illustration of the traffic hell on Ringlsade, there is a picture illustrating our traffic hell in the picture gallery attached to this story. Warberry Resident
  • Score: 10

2:40pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Tony McLoughlin says...

I don't understand the 'do nothing' attitude of the council and the residents in the wider local roads.... look at the bigger picture and create solution for all. Seems like us normal folk a treated like idiots, condescended and patronised too by council and councillors alike. I thought the idea of 'public servant' was exactly that, we have no service to the public, just do nothing until it costs more to do nothing.
I don't understand the 'do nothing' attitude of the council and the residents in the wider local roads.... look at the bigger picture and create solution for all. Seems like us normal folk a treated like idiots, condescended and patronised too by council and councillors alike. I thought the idea of 'public servant' was exactly that, we have no service to the public, just do nothing until it costs more to do nothing. Tony McLoughlin
  • Score: 8

12:11am Tue 1 Apr 14

phil.fuse says...

Ringslade is an incredible example of a Rat Run... an almost constant stream of traffic coming from a bottleneck of two main roads coming south from the north circ. TFL (apparently) refuse to put a right turn in at Wood Green and thus Ringslade bares a huge brunt of people traveling across north London. The tiny 100m residential street sees thousands of vehicles a day including HGVs. Laughed at recent public meeting at Haringey Council whereby one of the councils proposals for the problem was 'Do Nothing'... Incredible...

In fact, the pic above in the gallery is the corner of Ringslade!!
Ringslade is an incredible example of a Rat Run... an almost constant stream of traffic coming from a bottleneck of two main roads coming south from the north circ. TFL (apparently) refuse to put a right turn in at Wood Green and thus Ringslade bares a huge brunt of people traveling across north London. The tiny 100m residential street sees thousands of vehicles a day including HGVs. Laughed at recent public meeting at Haringey Council whereby one of the councils proposals for the problem was 'Do Nothing'... Incredible... In fact, the pic above in the gallery is the corner of Ringslade!! phil.fuse
  • Score: 7

2:37am Tue 1 Apr 14

harvey_uk says...

Colney Hatch Lane, up through Friern Barnet Road towards Arnos Grove as everybody who gets stuck in Pinkham Way traffic cuts through. Every day the Barnet Times has traffic alerts for Pinkham Way and Colney Hatch Lane.

What will you do Barnet Council and those councillors we elect to represent the interests of the people of Barnet?
Colney Hatch Lane, up through Friern Barnet Road towards Arnos Grove as everybody who gets stuck in Pinkham Way traffic cuts through. Every day the Barnet Times has traffic alerts for Pinkham Way and Colney Hatch Lane. What will you do Barnet Council and those councillors we elect to represent the interests of the people of Barnet? harvey_uk
  • Score: 4

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