Quieter Neighbourhoods

A low-traffic neighbourhood scheme would remove through traffic from the neighbourhood's streets, which raises the question: Will the traffic that now drives through the neighbourhood just be displaced onto main roads, causing more congestion? In this article, originally published on the London Living Streets website, the campaign group's vice-chair, Emma Griffin, sets out the evidence, collected over several years, which suggests that these fears are overblown..

It was standing room only at last week's open meeting of Fox Lane & District Resident's Association (FLDRA) as people from the Association's catchment area (and some from further afield) flocked in, hoping to discover what Enfield Council has in mind for the Fox Lane Quieter Neighbourhood scheme, now that the planters experiment has been officially declared a failure. Actually, we didn't learn much at all about what new traffic calming measures will be proposed, but it was nevertheless a very useful meeting because of what we, the Council and the FLDRA found out about residents' views on traffic volumes and speeds in the so far not very quiet 'quieter neighbourhood' area.

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Enfield Council is to end the trial placement of large planters at road junctions in the Fox Lane area because traffic count data collected in May this year shows that the planters are not achieving their intended objective of reducing through traffic. Before trialling an alternative method of reducing through traffic, the council will ask residents to comment on its ideas.

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The campaign group Better Streets for Enfield is this week publishing its five 'asks'. Ask No 1 is A low traffic neighbourhood in every ward

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A new traffic filter in Warwick Road, which local activists see as the first step in a wider effort to implement a Low Traffic Neighbourhood in the west of Bowes Ward, has had a bumpier ride than envisaged