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, 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.
Also - 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 further away in sunnier zones.

The Localism Act allows users and residents of an area to decide where they would like new development for example, and what greenspace they would like to protect.

PlanArchway welcomes all Archway residnets and users to join the process so do sign up at www.planarchway.org.uk.

Meanwhile, simply sending an email objecting or in support of a new development can make a difference to the future of Archway. Sign up at contact@betterarchway.org.uk to find out how you can make Archway an even better place to live.

For more information about Archway’s shops, services, history, children’s activities and more visit www.livinginarchway.org.uk.

For more information about green activities visit www.ecoarchway.org.uk

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