Congestion at Henlys Corner to be cut as more lanes open at peak times

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TRAFFIC congestion at Henlys Corner should decrease dramatically after Transport for London announces it will open more lanes at peak times as of tomorrow.

Major works being carried out at the junction have been causing significant traffic disruptions since they started in May.

In response to concerns raised by Barnet residents and councillors TfL has announced it aims to cut congestion by 45 per cent for the 94,000 drivers using the junction every day.

From tomorrow, two lanes northbound and southbound on the A598 Finchley Road/Regent’s Park Road will remain open during peak hours (6-10am and 3-9pm).

From 23 July, three lanes on the A406 will remain open during the same peak periods.

Outside of peak traffic hours the A598 will remain at one lane and the A406 at two lanes.

Garrett Emmerson, chief operating officer for TfL London streets, said: “'The works at Henlys Corner will bring huge benefits to all road users along the A406 North Circular Road, but while we carry them out it is essential that every effort be made to reduce disruption and make life easier for local residents.

"This new way of working at the junction will do just that.”

In order to allow the changes to take place, overnight resurfacing works will be carried out on the A406 from 16-23 July between 11pm and 5am.

TfL has said all efforts will be made to keep the noisy works to a minimum during the night time operating hours.

The changes also mean the completion date for the scheme is now scheduled for November 2011.

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2:25pm Sat 16 Jul 11

Mr Green says...

Why in this day and age of mass unemployment are the same old companies continually being rewarded with such huge contracts such as the road scheme at Henleys Corner not made to tender with an obligation to work at nights as well as during day times so as to ease the burden for the general masses (Tax payers), of getting to work and home on time, and improving the chances of finalising a contract on time, and within budget for a change ?
Why in this day and age of mass unemployment are the same old companies continually being rewarded with such huge contracts such as the road scheme at Henleys Corner not made to tender with an obligation to work at nights as well as during day times so as to ease the burden for the general masses (Tax payers), of getting to work and home on time, and improving the chances of finalising a contract on time, and within budget for a change ? Mr Green
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9:38pm Sat 16 Jul 11

hunters999 says...

Mr Emmerson must be living in Cloud Cuckoo Land if he thinks his brilliant "scheme" is going to make 1 iota of difference to the Traffic Congestion at this junction. The Minute Tfl cancelled the Full Scheme with Underpass that should have been built at Henlys Corner was the minute that his organisation condemned motorists and local residents to a lifetime of traffic congestion and pollution at this junction. Plus I give it unfortunately a couple of months before a pedestrian is knocked down. When will the short sighted idiots ever learn. Just look what can be achieved at the scheme that was complelted by the Highways Agency from Henlys Corner through East End Road to Finchley High Road. Brilliant for motorists residents and safe for pedestrians
Mr Emmerson must be living in Cloud Cuckoo Land if he thinks his brilliant "scheme" is going to make 1 iota of difference to the Traffic Congestion at this junction. The Minute Tfl cancelled the Full Scheme with Underpass that should have been built at Henlys Corner was the minute that his organisation condemned motorists and local residents to a lifetime of traffic congestion and pollution at this junction. Plus I give it unfortunately a couple of months before a pedestrian is knocked down. When will the short sighted idiots ever learn. Just look what can be achieved at the scheme that was complelted by the Highways Agency from Henlys Corner through East End Road to Finchley High Road. Brilliant for motorists residents and safe for pedestrians hunters999
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2:08am Sun 17 Jul 11

harvey_uk says...

Brian Coleman campaigned for this delay in the project so his "voters" in the Golders Green and Temple Fortune area don't get too inconvenienced during the day. However as mentioned in other posts, this night work not only will extend the deadline, but increase the costs. Surely this should have been completed asap to let all a406 users least amount of pain over a shorter period. Why didn't TFL consider this aspect around the Bounds Green A406 area where traffic around Friern Barnet has been hugely affected for many years due to the roadworks which are usually down to one lane during the day! Why the hell did I vote for my local MP, what a waste of tax payers money.
Brian Coleman campaigned for this delay in the project so his "voters" in the Golders Green and Temple Fortune area don't get too inconvenienced during the day. However as mentioned in other posts, this night work not only will extend the deadline, but increase the costs. Surely this should have been completed asap to let all a406 users least amount of pain over a shorter period. Why didn't TFL consider this aspect around the Bounds Green A406 area where traffic around Friern Barnet has been hugely affected for many years due to the roadworks which are usually down to one lane during the day! Why the hell did I vote for my local MP, what a waste of tax payers money. harvey_uk
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4:38pm Sun 17 Jul 11

Jon10 says...

We should stop throwing money at new road schemes, like underpasses. There is enough development proposed on big sites in north London (maybe £10-billion over the next twenty years) to build an east-west light railway, like the DLR. This would join all the north-south railways together.
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There is the old Midland railway freight line from Ealing, the old railway route between the two branches of the Northern Line (closed in 1939), and then, east from Finchley Central, the wide North Circular corridor, to reach New Southgate and Arnos Grove.
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All it needs is some political vision in Barnet - but so far at least, that is what we are lacking.
We should stop throwing money at new road schemes, like underpasses. There is enough development proposed on big sites in north London (maybe £10-billion over the next twenty years) to build an east-west light railway, like the DLR. This would join all the north-south railways together. . There is the old Midland railway freight line from Ealing, the old railway route between the two branches of the Northern Line (closed in 1939), and then, east from Finchley Central, the wide North Circular corridor, to reach New Southgate and Arnos Grove. . All it needs is some political vision in Barnet - but so far at least, that is what we are lacking. Jon10
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5:32pm Sun 17 Jul 11

Mr Green says...

Why can't we turn left at traffic lights when the path is clear on a red signal like some continental roads allow, and do you think the STUPID all day bus lanes are just a ploy to get us on to public transport, I could not get to all my daily appointments in one day on public transport, but the empty bus lanes make me burn more fuel and waste valuable work time.
Why can't we turn left at traffic lights when the path is clear on a red signal like some continental roads allow, and do you think the STUPID all day bus lanes are just a ploy to get us on to public transport, I could not get to all my daily appointments in one day on public transport, but the empty bus lanes make me burn more fuel and waste valuable work time. Mr Green
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11:57pm Mon 18 Jul 11

Barnet-leaseholder says...

Both Hunters999 and Jon10 are right. Barnet needs the underpass at Henley's Corner and a DLR style train. It will be expensive but is vital for younger generations, the economy and the environment. We do lack politicians with balls as it seems no one has proposed anything realistic which will help future generations. Barnet's transport system is stuck in the 1940's.
Both Hunters999 and Jon10 are right. Barnet needs the underpass at Henley's Corner and a DLR style train. It will be expensive but is vital for younger generations, the economy and the environment. We do lack politicians with balls as it seems no one has proposed anything realistic which will help future generations. Barnet's transport system is stuck in the 1940's. Barnet-leaseholder
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12:19am Tue 19 Jul 11

Barnet-leaseholder says...

Anyone have any accurate stats on the population increase in the borough over the last 50 years? It will be good to see some visualisations of past and future trends to try and work out a scalable transport (rail, tram and road) system.
Anyone have any accurate stats on the population increase in the borough over the last 50 years? It will be good to see some visualisations of past and future trends to try and work out a scalable transport (rail, tram and road) system. Barnet-leaseholder
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