January 2021 – What is in store for Winchmore Hill this year?
Welcome to 2021. I think we are all coming to terms with having to deal with lockdown again when we were hoping for a more positive start to 2021 but hopefully there is an end in sight despite the current high rate of cases and the lockdown until mid February.
2021 is promising to be a year of potential change in Winchmore Hill and there are a number of issues we will be looking at with many more likely to develop over the year.
One of these is the new 456 bus route that will go through Winchmore Hill. This has been planned for a while now, the consultation was in October 2019 however they only just released details of all the stops. These details were communicated just before Christmas and for those people who would be directly affected by them this news and the timing of it was very unfortunate. The WHRA has been doing what it can to review these plans and make suggestions for alternative site where possible or a different approach to the way the bus stops are built to minimise the visual and traffic impact. It is important to make clear that we did support the route as there was a need identified and the route will go ahead as planned, the only thing we can do is to do what we can to make sure that the placement of bus stops is carefully thought through.
We have put together a detailed proposal outlining the current plans for the bus stops with photos and mockups to show where we think they could be moved to and why. To see this document and all the documentation relating to the route please click here. If you would like to support our recommendations or make your own thoughts clear on the route and the bus stop plans then details of who to contact are on this page. Please bear in mind that unfortunately the consultation period was mainly over the Christmas and New Year period and although we have succeeded in getting it extended, it does end on the 11th January so please contact them immediately if you want to have your say.