Published: 18 May, 2012
• THE council has recently installed a lorry width restriction in Drayton Park.
Cameras and signs have yet to be installed, but the road has been redesigned, much to the confusion of motorists, who appear to find the new layout illegible.
Contrary to consultation documents, which showed cycle by-passes, cyclists are being squeezed through the width restriction along with motorists.
The width restriction is close to Drayton Park station, where large numbers of people need to cross the road.
The original layout had an island in the centre of the road that worked as an informal pedestrian refuge.
The new design has positioned four islands in a diamond shape, making them useless as aids to crossing.
This is of particular concern as there is a Learning Disability Partnership opposite the station, and vulnerable adults with learning disabilities are having to navigate their way across a confusing and hostile street layout.
Drayton Park is an increasingly residential road. It is also on the safe walking and cycling route from Finsbury Park to Highbury Corner.
While Living Streets welcomes the aim to reduce traffic speeds and deter large lorries, it hopes the council can redesign a more people-friendly layout which will encourage more walking and cycling in the area.
Chair, Islington Living Streets