Welcome to the Better Archway Forum
web site.

Archway is a lively London village.
We have lots of independent shops
and cafes, a swimming pool, library,
hospital, university campus,
an Internationally acclaimed art
school, and fantastic transport
links with tube and overground
Stations, plus fourteen different bus
routes, not to mention the spot
where Dick Whittington and his cat turned again to become Lord Mayor of London.

Archway’s boundaries are Dartmouth Park Hill to the west, Hornsey Lane to the north, Hazelville Road to the east, and Fairbridge Road and the Upper Holloway railway line to the south.

The Forum is a community organisation and emerging development trust which works for everyone with an interest in Archway, whether they live,
work or run a company here.

Our aim is to make Archway an even better place to live, work and play.
We start and support projects that improve the quality of life in the area, and empower the community in sustainable and environmentally friendly ways to help make it a place where people can live, work and relax safely and successfully.

We work with local organisations and Islington council on a wide range of projects from greening and food growing to protecting historic buildings, improving air quality, and reducing carbon our footprint.

Archway Gyratory
The number one problem according to the latest PlanArchway consultation is the road layout  - confirming many years of campaigning. So it is good that TfL are consulting on taking it out www.tfl.gov.uk/archway-gyratory until 14 Dec.

The current plan is the best yet but does not serve bus users, remains dangerous for cyclists, and would result in traffic displacement. However, simple changes would resole those problems:

1.  Reinforce traffic hierarchy, with heavier traffic kept on main roads (ie no displaced vehicles pushed on to smaller, side roads).

2.   Provide comfortable pedestrian routes from surrounding areas to and through the centre of Archway.

3. On public transport routes serve points of demand ie the Hospital  northbound and Archway Market and Upper Holloway station southbound, with these key attractors becoming termination points for routes ending in Archway.

4. Improve interchange between buses and bus and tube, encouraging passengers to use Archway and its local shops.

5. Ensure that all buses travelling to the same destination (Archway Road or Highgate for example) must leave from the same central Archway stop.
6. Make the new pedestrian space next to the Tower an area for a big tree canopy, mitigating the continued wind blight in this shaded area, and improving the appearance of the area, with café and outdoor use in sunnier zones.

Displaced Traffic
At the moment the banned right turn from St John’s Way on to the A1 means that traffic will drive through Whitehall Park and along Hornsey Lane, and there will be 20 buses an hour driving past the Archway Early Years Centre and bedrooms of Annersley Walk on the Girdlestone Estate along Vorley Road into Macdonald Road. This is not good.  

The solution is to allow the banned turn. Although capacity on the A1 is protected, vehicle numbers are falling with the work at the Upper Holloway bridge and will fall further with the Highbury bridge work. Those lower levels could then absorb the delay caused by a turn out of St John’s Way.

Failing that, at a minimum the buses could make use of remote control traffic lights proposed for the emergency vehicles, or a small turning area could be created around the green triangle at the top of the Holloway Road, allowing all traffic to use it as a mini gyratory and rejoin the northbound traffic. It’s not great, but better than all that displaced traffic.

Serving Points of Demand
And northbound terminating buses (17, 390 and 41) should serve the hospital before turning to stand on Highgate Hill (which will see less traffic) while the 143 and W5 should travel to Upper Holloway station and the Archway market, standing outside the church and apart-hotel before turning to travel north again.

Creating Clear and Connected Cycle Routes
The current bike proposals are not joined up, and at points mix cyclists and pedestrians which is dangerous. Better have a clear and complete network, with defined crossing points for those on foot.

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