Thames Water make commitment to fix A406 problem water main

Local Assembly Member for Enfield & Haringey, Joanne McCartney AM, has welcomed a commitment from Thames Water to replace the main water pipes underneath the A406 Pinkham Way.

The pipes which date from Victorian Times, burst nine times in 2016, requiring unplanned works to repair them. Further bursts have also caused disruption this past autumn.

Ms McCartney has previously raised the issue at the London Assembly Environment Committee following complaints from residents who were concerned about traffic disruption to the whole area and the safety of children crossing the road, especially at times of disruption caused by burst water mains.

Following the Committee, Ms McCartney wrote to Thames Water who agreed to reroute the mains from underneath the carriageway, potentially to the side of the road where any problems can be fixed without disrupting the A406. However, due to the complexity of the project and the amount of funding required, this is likely to take place between 2020-25.

Labour London Assembly Member for Enfield & Haringey, Joanne McCartney AM, said:

“I am glad to see that after pressuring Thames Water and Transport for London, they have agreed to reroute the water mains.

“Unplanned works and repairs can cause huge disruption and congestion on the already busy A406, affect the whole local area and raise safety concerns.

“I will continue to urge Thames Water to prioritise this scheme so that the works are carried out as soon as possible.”

Hornsey Lane residents to benefit from bus stop move

Residents along Hornsey Lane are celebrating after it was confirmed that an unsafe bus stop will be moved to a safer location. Construction works at Whitehall Park school, where the bus stop was located has left the pavement damaged, making it difficult for elderly residents and people with disabilities to access the stop.

Local Assembly Member Joanne McCartney arranged a meeting in February 2017 between residents, Haringey Council and Transport for London to discuss a new location for the stop. After months of campaigning, funding has now been secured and the bus stop will be moved to a safer location at the top of Stanhope Road.

Labour London Assembly Member for Enfield and Haringey, Joanne McCartney AM, said:

“I am delighted that we have been able to secure the move of the bus stop for local residents on Hornsey Lane. It was good to meet with residents and stakeholders and work out a solution to this issue.

“The safety of local residents is paramount and moving the bus stop will make it both safer and more convenient for those using the W5.”

Local resident and campaigner, Rosemary Bodger said:

“I am delighted that the bus stop has been moved.  After campaigning for more than a year with my neighbours, we are now able to get around more in the future. People in wheelchairs and the disabled will once more be able to get onto the W5 bus safely from the wider pavement which has just been constructed near the top of Stanhope Road.

“This will mean easier trips to the shops; the Whittington Hospital, and for visits to friends and family.  I am glad that Joanne was able to help us in securing this change.”

Joanne welcomes lifting of cap on Hopper fare trips

Londoners will now be able to make unlimited bus and tram journeys within an hour and only be charged a single fare (£1.50). The announcement, made by the Mayor of London, was welcomed by Local London Assembly Member Joanne McCartney AM who said the move might encourage more people to use buses and would help lower income families in Enfield and Haringey.

The expansion of the Hopper fare scheme allows passengers to transfer any number of times even if they take a train or Tube between boarding buses. Since it was launched by the Mayor in September 2016, more than 140 million journeys have been made using the ‘Hopper’ fare.

The most recent data from Transport for London (TfL) shows that around 350,000 journeys are being made every weekday using the ‘Hopper’ fare. It is estimated by TfL that around 13,000 additional passengers will now benefit from the unlimited ‘Hopper’ fare every single day.

Labour London Assembly Member Joanne McCartney AM for Enfield & Haringey said:

“We know that the Hopper fare has already benefitted millions of Londoners, so it is great to see the scheme expand to allow unlimited bus and tram journeys within an hour for the price of a single fare.

“In particular, much of Enfield & Haringey is not served by the tube, meaning residents rely more on buses to get around. As such, this is especially welcome in Outer London boroughs.

London Overground should be handed control of local rail services

Joanne McCartney AM today asked the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan to provide an update on his discussions with the Government to devolve the Great Northern lines to Transport for London (TfL).

An independent report by Chris Gibb, a non-executive director of Network Rail, in 2017 recommended that TfL take over the Great Northern Metro lines which run out of Moorgate, through Enfield & Haringey.

Mr Gibb’s proposal stated that it would reduce the risk to the current train operator, GTR, and that this could happen as soon as 2018.

However, the Government suggested that the decision needed “further assessment”.  The Mayor said he had seen a new willingness from the Department for Transport to engage in conversations and he is hopeful of progress.

Labour London Assembly Member for Enfield & Haringey, Joanne McCartney AM, said:

“TfL have shown they can improve their existing rail services, such as the Greater Anglia lines which run through Enfield & Haringey. They have proved that they can absorb more responsibility and deliver a better journey for passengers. The Government needs to listen to their own independent report and devolve the Great Northern lines to TfL as soon as possible.”

Enfield and Haringey in Top 5 Areas for Homelessness in England

Responding to today’s report from Shelter which found that more than 300,000 people in Britain are homeless, with Haringey ranked second and Enfield ranked fourth in the worst 20 boroughs in England, Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, said:

“Recently the National Audit Office warned that government welfare policies are directly contributing to the homelessness crisis. These appalling figures show that the Government has wilfully turned its back on those who’ve had the misfortune to find themselves homeless.

“With both Haringey and Enfield needing 3834 new homes a year to meet local need – and London in desperate need of more genuinely affordable homes – the Government cannot miss the opportunity at this year’s budget to hand the Mayor the funding to make this happen.

“Right now we’ve got a Prime Minister who has prioritised pumping £10 billion into Help to Buy, inflating house prices in the process, rather than committing the funding to build hundreds of thousands of much needed social houses. The need to pave the way for longer tenancies doesn’t even appear to be on the Government’s radar and they chose capping benefits over capping rent increases.

“The Mayor has pledged £9 million a year to tackle rough sleeping, but this must be matched by determined action from the Government to tackle the chronic shortage of affordable housing and abandon their punitive welfare cuts and caps.

“We know so much about the causes of homelessness, but if we don’t start applying the solutions this picture in places like Haringey and Enfield it is only going to become even more bleak.”