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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
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
Adrian Day posted a reply
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).
Ediz Mevlitt posted a reply
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.
Ediz Mevlitt posted a reply
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…..
Ediz Mevlitt posted a reply
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…
Tamer Sancar posted a reply
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.
Ediz Mevlitt posted a reply
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..
PGC Webmaster posted a reply
12 Jan 2022 20:00
The decision to make the Bowes LTN permanent has now been officially "called in" by seven councillors and will be debated by a meeting of the Oversight and Scrutiny Committee on 20th January.

The committee will decide to do one of the following:

(a) It will refer the decision back to the council leader, who then has 14 working days in which to reconsider the decision; or
(b) It will refer the matter to full council;
(c) It will confirm the original decision.

The grounds given for calling in the council leader's decision are too long to summarise!
PGC Webmaster posted a reply
22 Jan 2022 17:35

At its meeting on 20th January the Overview and Scrutiny debated the "call in" of the council leader's decision to make the Bowes LTN permanent. Opposition councillors from the Conservative and Community First groups argued that collection and analysis of data before and during trial operation was inadequate and the decision should be referred back to the leader, but they were outvoted by Labour members of the commmittee.

Enfield Dispatch has a detailed report on the meeting .
Geoff Walsh posted a reply
28 Jan 2022 09:53
I am aghast at the way Enfield council has ridden rough shod over the residents of Enfield .
You have created a nightmare on major roads with access restrictions resulting in high polluting static traffic .
Whilst some streets enjoy low traffic and emissions , the rest of us are stifling under a huge major cock up by taking away access routes .
Traffic monitoring was done at a time when the roads were at their quietest , during lockdown ...there has been majoR objections to the road closures and I feel confident that the residents of Enfield will make there voices heard at the next local elections .
How dare you Enfield , for making our lives more miserable .
Adrian Day posted a reply
28 Jan 2022 11:00
The Council doesn't generate traffic - drivers do that . And research study after research study shows people support measures to reduce car use and encourage active travel. In the Fox Lane LTN traffic within the neighbourhood is down 72% and only 6% up on boundary roads. And cycling is up 121%. We need to end all high traffic neighbourhoods in Enfield.
Ediz Mevlitt posted a reply
28 Jan 2022 21:18
It just pushes it onto others for longer hours instead giving the residents living in the LTN a utopia polluting children like mine for much longer hours … I’m disgusted in my fellow cycling community for choosing to pollute children like mine for self gain …. Roll on May !!!
Karl Brown posted a reply
30 Jan 2022 09:25
The optimal way to reduce traffic-originated pollution has to be to reduce traffic. All of Enfield has been an air quality action area for years. Everyone will have suffered, and still is. Last week Mayor Khan targeted 2030 for a minimum 27% drop in London’s vehicle miles to improve air quality. This is an aggressive intent. I hope there is the necessary wider political, business and resident support for what I assume will necessarily include measures such as disincentives to personal vehicle travel, incentives for active travel, enhanced public transport and ideally car share schemes so as to mitigate against the small marginal costs of occasional journeys for car owners where alternatives exist.
I’d like to see woodturning stoves added to his air-cleaning task; recent data on their impact to both the owning households and the wider population is horrendous.