The ten worst rat runs in north London - has your street made the list?

Times Series: A lorry stuck in Ringslade Road, in Wood Green, where it is estimated more than 2,600 vehicles use the street as a cut-through every day A lorry stuck in Ringslade Road, in Wood Green, where it is estimated more than 2,600 vehicles use the street as a cut-through every day

Cars speeding along narrow streets, loggerhead traffic jams on a daily basis and constant beeping and revving from irate motorists.

These are just some of the complaints raised by readers when we asked them to send us their nominations for the Worst Rat Run in North London.

Dozens of people responded by venting their frustrations and nominating their own stress-inducing thoroughfare.

And now, having now sorted through all of the entries, we have compiled a list of the worst ten.

Cressingham Road, Edgware

What you said: “The road is nothing short of a race track during the morning and evening rush hours. It is used as a rat run in both directions by drivers cutting through this densely populated estate. What compounds the problem are the factors that Cressingham Road runs alongside Watling Park, which has three entrance gates alongside the pavement. This makes it especially dangerous for the many children that use this very large park.”

Chapel Lane, Pinner

What you said: “It is supposed to be a quiet road beside the park. Unfortunately now it's a race track for cars and heavy goods vehicles. The lane is not wide enough for two cars to pass, it's on a slight hill and has a long blind spot half way up. Regrettably, the pavement is very narrow as well and does not allow two people to pass without one going into the road. With cars passing you at 30 to 40mph just inches away, it's an accident waiting to happen. I have just recently delivered 80 petition letters into Westbury Lodge Close and Windsor court asking for the council to do something to slow traffic down. We have had 50 signed letters back.”

Allerton Road, Borehamwood

What you said: “This road is just a terrible rat run. People use it as a short cut from Radlett up to Aycliffe Road and they use it to avoid the humps in Aycliffe Road. 

“We have a school at the end of the road, so it is very busy, and buses travel up and down it as well. There is also a park where lots of little children play, but people speed up and down because it is a clear stretch of road.  There are no signs to say that there are children playing or a school sign, and there is no speed limit sign to be seen. This is an accident waiting to happen.”

Hartforde Road, Borehamwood, from Cowley Hill Road to Brook Road

What you said: “The parking on both sides of the road is awful, there are major traffic jams at school times, and when the road is clear during the day and evenings it is like a race track with no traffic calming. A car smashed into my neighbour’s front garden wall, resulting in our wall having to be replaced at a cost of £2,000.”

Chase Green Avenue (A) and Drapers Road (B), Enfield

What you said: “They are both pleasant residential streets that are plagued by fast moving traffic at most times of the day. Drapers Road is used to cut off the roundabout at the junction of the Ridgeway and Lavender Hill and Chase Green Avenue provides a quick way to get into Enfield Town, avoiding Windmill Hill. Having lived in the area for nearly 40 years the worsening changes are very noticeable.”

Ringslade Road/Watson Road, Wood Green

What you said: “Figures show that 2,600 vehicles use this road as a cut-through every day. At peak time, 8am, it's 300 vehicles an hour. This dips a little after 9am but is pretty constant throughout the day.  It's been a long time wrestling with the council on this and at a recent public meeting the council said they were considering 3 options, one of which was ‘do nothing’ - just incredible.”

Arnold Gardens, Palmers Green

What you said: “Traffic volume has significantly increased over the 30 years I have lived in the street. It is virtually one way in the mornings during rush hour because of the volume of traffic wanting to join the A406. We also are used as an escape route at all times of day and night when the A406 is blocked. Finally, parking in Arnold Gardens and the surrounding roads is virtually impossible on Friday lunchtimes and the roads are frequently blocked. On several occasions I have had to abandon my car several roads away and collect it later in the afternoon.”

Torrington Park, Friern Barnet

What you said: “Several elderly people have difficulty crossing the road to get the 383 bus, sometimes because the traffic is too fast. There have been several accidents, one in which a VW collided with a bus. Fortunately no one was killed, but the council will only wait for a fatality before they do something about it. Several pets - including one of our cats - have been killed over the year.”

Well End Road, Shenley

What you said: “It is a major cut through for traffic on the M25 going to Borehamwood.  There are two schools, Clore Shalom and Shenley Primary, on this route.  The pavements are tiny and on one side of the road only, and as a result, pedestrians have to keep crossing the road.  Cars speed along here at well over the designated limits, huge lorries use the road as well, I believe illegally. There have been many accidents and near misses along this stretch.”

St Paul's Avenue, Harrow, between Kenton Road and Honeypot Lane

What you said: “Heavy goods vehicles use it constantly every day and it is also used by parents of children from The Jewish Free School, in The Mall, during the morning and evening school run.

“Some vehicles go at high speed down the road night and day. Speed bumps were put in a number of years ago but they don't make any difference. I have taken this up with Harrow Council from time to time but to no avail.”

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7:33pm Tue 20 May 14

Colin Perry says...

Are Borehamwood and Shenley in north London now? Not sure what the catchment area for this survey was.
Are Borehamwood and Shenley in north London now? Not sure what the catchment area for this survey was. Colin Perry
  • Score: 4

7:46pm Tue 20 May 14

Jon10 says...

So let's have an east-west light rail or tram line planned for outer north London.
So let's have an east-west light rail or tram line planned for outer north London. Jon10
  • Score: 10

4:41am Wed 21 May 14

libbo2003 says...

Just as I was reading this online yet another HGV is stuck on the "Wood Green Bypass"(Ringslade Road)!! 2nd one this week and it is only Tuesday Evening. Residents are trying to help the Lorry driver to reverse out safely yet again. People are having to do this yet again to protect the cars and houses from possible damage from this large sized Lorry!! Could one of these lorries please try and get stuck down Barratt Avenue N22 one day? Right outside the home of our local Ward Councillor and his neighbours. Then maybe he will actually do something to help close this and other local Ratruns, rather then doing all he can to oppose the closure of Ringslade Road!! He was after all elected by us to represent our best interests, but it seems he looks after the Councils interests first and ours when it suits him!! I have voted Labour all my life, but will not be this Thursday it is time for a REAL CHANGE in this Borough!!
Just as I was reading this online yet another HGV is stuck on the "Wood Green Bypass"(Ringslade Road)!! 2nd one this week and it is only Tuesday Evening. Residents are trying to help the Lorry driver to reverse out safely yet again. People are having to do this yet again to protect the cars and houses from possible damage from this large sized Lorry!! Could one of these lorries please try and get stuck down Barratt Avenue N22 one day? Right outside the home of our local Ward Councillor and his neighbours. Then maybe he will actually do something to help close this and other local Ratruns, rather then doing all he can to oppose the closure of Ringslade Road!! He was after all elected by us to represent our best interests, but it seems he looks after the Councils interests first and ours when it suits him!! I have voted Labour all my life, but will not be this Thursday it is time for a REAL CHANGE in this Borough!! libbo2003
  • Score: 10

7:00am Wed 21 May 14

Mr. Datchery says...

When I first drove through Totteridge I thought it might be nice to live there one day. Then I had to drive through in the morning rush hour...
When I first drove through Totteridge I thought it might be nice to live there one day. Then I had to drive through in the morning rush hour... Mr. Datchery
  • Score: 6

8:25am Wed 21 May 14

Warberry Resident says...

Well done Haringey Council, since the competition to find the worst rat runs was announced, the number of vehicles using Ringslade Road as a rat run has increased.

The latest traffic survey shows around 3200 vehicles a day are using it as a short cut.

The residents have been pleading with the council to stop using our local roads as the Wood Green bypass - and yet - the council sits on its hands.

Ringslade Road sits in the shadow of Haringey HQ, the fact the highways engineers have done nothing to help shows just what a bunch of inept people work in the department.

And where are our councillors? AWOL.

The area needs traffic management and solutions. None have so far been forthcoming from council or councillor.

Disgraceful.
Well done Haringey Council, since the competition to find the worst rat runs was announced, the number of vehicles using Ringslade Road as a rat run has increased. The latest traffic survey shows around 3200 vehicles a day are using it as a short cut. The residents have been pleading with the council to stop using our local roads as the Wood Green bypass - and yet - the council sits on its hands. Ringslade Road sits in the shadow of Haringey HQ, the fact the highways engineers have done nothing to help shows just what a bunch of inept people work in the department. And where are our councillors? AWOL. The area needs traffic management and solutions. None have so far been forthcoming from council or councillor. Disgraceful. Warberry Resident
  • Score: 10

8:59am Wed 21 May 14

murphy575 says...

COOL. Thanks for the tips, the maps are especially helpful. That Wood Green bypass seems very handy for me and I didn't know about it.

Thanks again :-)
COOL. Thanks for the tips, the maps are especially helpful. That Wood Green bypass seems very handy for me and I didn't know about it. Thanks again :-) murphy575
  • Score: -8

10:18am Wed 21 May 14

Ringslade Resident says...

If you didn't know about it Murphy575, and it's particularly handy for you, you must be even more stupid than you first appear.
Yes, please come and use it, get stuck in traffic behind a jammed HGV for 2 hours then see who has the last laugh.
If you didn't know about it Murphy575, and it's particularly handy for you, you must be even more stupid than you first appear. Yes, please come and use it, get stuck in traffic behind a jammed HGV for 2 hours then see who has the last laugh. Ringslade Resident
  • Score: 10

10:27am Wed 21 May 14

Terry365 says...

It's not often people get a chance to vote to demonstrate what they feel about a particular situation. I would urge all residents of Ringslade Road and surrounding areas to persuade all their neighbours to vote anyone but Labour in the local and European elections this Thursday. They won't like it up 'em.

It's democracy. Use it.
It's not often people get a chance to vote to demonstrate what they feel about a particular situation. I would urge all residents of Ringslade Road and surrounding areas to persuade all their neighbours to vote anyone but Labour in the local and European elections this Thursday. They won't like it up 'em. It's democracy. Use it. Terry365
  • Score: 8

12:55pm Wed 21 May 14

Adam17 says...

Two cheap and easy solutions:

If the problem is all traffic, then block the road with bollards which allow cyclists and pedestrians through, but not any vehicle. (e.g. Gordon Road Finchley)

If the issue is lorries and vans, not cars, then use bollards to create a 6 foot 6 pinch point stopping them going through. (E.g. Netherlands Road Oakleigh Park)

Minimum costs, maximum effect.

Yours overtaking Masaratis on his folding bicycle (honest have done it twice when it was in a jam!)

Adam
Two cheap and easy solutions: If the problem is all traffic, then block the road with bollards which allow cyclists and pedestrians through, but not any vehicle. (e.g. Gordon Road Finchley) If the issue is lorries and vans, not cars, then use bollards to create a 6 foot 6 pinch point stopping them going through. (E.g. Netherlands Road Oakleigh Park) Minimum costs, maximum effect. Yours overtaking Masaratis on his folding bicycle (honest have done it twice when it was in a jam!) Adam Adam17
  • Score: 6

4:06pm Thu 29 May 14

Christo16 says...

I live on Arnold Gardens and it is like a Formula 1 track! I have been emailing all the senior Enfield Council officers and our ward councillors for weeks now as TfL close Fore St Tunnel from 10pm - 5:00am every week day and the traffic is diverted to us. You can imagine, thousands of noisy vehicles stuck outside our houses not knowing where to go!

They have been promising us for years that they will put something in place to stop drivers using this tiny road as a rat run. I don't believe a single word of it. Definetly the worst council officers I have ever dealt with. That's another list that could be compiled!
I live on Arnold Gardens and it is like a Formula 1 track! I have been emailing all the senior Enfield Council officers and our ward councillors for weeks now as TfL close Fore St Tunnel from 10pm - 5:00am every week day and the traffic is diverted to us. You can imagine, thousands of noisy vehicles stuck outside our houses not knowing where to go! They have been promising us for years that they will put something in place to stop drivers using this tiny road as a rat run. I don't believe a single word of it. Definetly the worst council officers I have ever dealt with. That's another list that could be compiled! Christo16
  • Score: 1

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