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Enfield Council leader Nesil Caliskan has approved making the Bowes low-traffic neighbourhood scheme permanent and the decision will come into effect on 12th January, subject to the outcome of a likely "call-in" by opposition councillors. A neighbouring scheme to be trialled by Haringey Council, possibly as early as this month or next, will expand the scheme down to Bounds Green Road (the maps published here show the combined effect of the two borough's schemes).

As reported previously, Enfield Council's Healthy Streets team issued its final report on trial operation of the low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN) scheme in the Bowes Primary Quieter Neighbourhood in early December. On 17th December it was reissued with some changes to the analysis of traffic conditions to take account of the effects of the "fuel crisis" that occurred in September. These did not alter the overall recommendation to the council leader that she should approve the scheme being made permanent. After consideration, Cllr Caliskan took the decision to do so at the end of December.

While the scheme will be unaltered for the time being, information about the decision published as an update on the Let's Talk Enfield website states that the council will be considering various potential modifications to allow for easier access by emergency services, exemptions for residents with disabilities or caring responsibilities, a school street for Bowes School and a possible "bus gate" which would prevent cars from using Brownlow Road as a through route while allowing buses to do so.

The same update mentions that "A review is undertaken of traffic speed and volume on the unclassified roads, monitored as part of this project, that are outside the Bowes QN area. This will inform the potential residential areas of focus for further QN style interventions." This probably relates to streets to the east of Green Lanes, which some residents have claimed are experiencing additional traffic as a result of the Bowes LTN. Whether or not the LTN has made it worse, there is no doubt that there is a problem, going back for a decade or more, caused by drivers using Wolves Lane and either Grenoble Gardens or Berkshire Gardens as an A105 bypass. In 2016 the council trialled a scheme designed to stop this, but it was a failure because drivers simply ignored the No Motor Vehicles signs. The alternative of adding a median strip in Green Lanes to prevent drivers turning right out of Grenoble Gardens and Berkshire Gardens was never implemented, even though there were reportedly many collisions caused by these right turns. A "QN-style intervention", preferably an LTN scheme to solve the problem of heavy traffic on Wolves Lane/Tottenhall Road/Chequers Way/Pasteur Gardens, is certainly needed.

This article was amended on 6th January to correct the name of the council's Healthy Streets Team.

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Adrian Day posted a reply #6312 06 Jan 2022 13:04
This is great news. Interesting piece here on how active travel opponents have tried to 'game' consultations including in Enfield
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Adrian Day posted a reply #6313 06 Jan 2022 13:06
This summary is also useful. The high traffic neighbourhood east of Green Lanes definitely needs addressing (as indeed do all high traffic neighbourhoods).
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Ediz Mevlitt posted a reply #6316 06 Jan 2022 13:35
A 66% increase in congestion on Wolves lane during peak times And it’s called a success. This during the petrol crisis when congestion was nonexistent. The figures are manipulated and is allowing residents in Bowes ward to be used as collateral.
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Ediz Mevlitt posted a reply #6317 06 Jan 2022 13:38
Traffic relocation scheme

A massive 104 % increase on wolves lane.

A massive 153% increase in Spencer Avenue

A massive 483% increase in Highworth road.

A massive 69 % increase in Natel road

A massive 46% increase in Truro road

A massice 59% increase in Sydney road

A massive 64% increase in Myddleton road

29% increase in Marquis road

A massive 178% increase on Palmers road

Rhys avenue a massive 133% increase

Woodfield way a staggering 307% increase in congestion

Wroxham gardens a massive 57% increase in congestion

Durnsford road a massive 31% increase.

There is no evaporation… it’s a traffic relocation scheme

Does this look good ? People are suffering… my children are suffering…..
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Ediz Mevlitt posted a reply #6318 06 Jan 2022 13:50
To make the LTN permanent using this data is negligent and is putting thousands of residents at risk . It’s up 66% due to this LTN and with Haringey about to displace more here we are being compromised without hesitation. To sacrifice us residents already suffering is inhuman and dangerous…
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Tamer Sancar posted a reply #6319 06 Jan 2022 13:57
Whatever your views are about LTNs or QNs, there is no getting away from the fact that the 500 page report written for the decision contained so many errors, dodgy data and misleading information that I don't even know where to begin. It seems like the only way to make these unpopular toxic schemes permanent is to make up the data, and put it in front of the decision maker who frankly has probably not even read or understood the report. If they had read it and objectively (like they should) reviewed it, then it clearly highlights, No increases in walking or cycling, No improvement in pollution or noise, No overall reduction in traffic but an overall increase, and a local community that is now bitterly divided. It also sickens people when false propaganda is put out by supporters of these schemes about "gaming" the consultations as they have no credible answer as to why the overwhelming majority of residents hate these inequitable schemes which frankly don't work and cost a lot of money to deliver nothing.
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Ediz Mevlitt posted a reply #6320 06 Jan 2022 14:02
Fully agree … I’m looking at the data and it does not make sense or add up … for instance ….According to the winged data Green Lanes was down 47% in congestion and roads were clear but the average speed MPH was reduced. So Less cars on the road allegedly reduced the speed of the cars …. no wonder the council do not want scrutiny of the data…

Then Palmers Road a massive 178% increase in congestion in the morning but the average speed went up. 47% evaporation on Green lanes but speed went down. @EnfieldCouncil logic isless cars means reduced speed, more congestion the speed increases.. marking one’s homework I see..