Enfield Town as it is now
And how it could be
Read on for our response to the Enfield Town consultation:
We support the plans to remove car traffic from Church Street. Such a plan will make Enfield Town a much more attractive place to visit and shop. With less traffic in the town centre, air pollution will be lower, Church Street will be easier to cross and the calmer environment will encourage shoppers to spend more time, and money, in Enfield. The calmer conditions will allow people to move easily from the newly revamped market to Fountain Square enabling community events to take place more easily. With this scheme in place, the increase in trade should enable our closed shops to be re-opened. It is worth noting that several of the closed down shops are on the north side of Church Street, away from the pedestrianised shopping centre. Hopefully, making Church Street easier to cross, will see more trade on the north side of the street.
Of the two options for the town we are strongly in favour of Option 1; having a bus lane in one direction allowing for a two-way cycle track along the southern side of Church Street. The main reason for this is our concern that shoppers coming by bicycle will not be happy riding between the two bus lanes of Option 2 especially young or elderly people and those with less experience. Accessing and leaving the cycle path at either end could feel tricky and dangerous for less experienced riders. The other reason we support this option rather than the option with bus lanes in both directions is that it will further reduce traffic making the shopping street calmer and less polluted.
We do, however, have one or two concerns about the plans as they stand:
• Westbound cyclists having to move into centre lane while crossing Genotin Road. It would be easier to keep to the left and have a signalised crossing across Genotin Road for pedestrians and cyclists so they could cross in one movement rather than having to wait on the central island.
• Cycle lane on Genotin Road starts near to the car park. There should be a cycle path to connect to that and enable cyclists to access the cycle hub. Some space should be taken from the cycle hub to allow for a full bus stop bypass at that busy bus stop.
• We are concerned about the timings at Cycle Gates and Two-stage Rights being sufficient for cyclists, especially the young and the elderly, to be able to complete the manoeuvre safely.
• The junction of Genotin Road/Cecil Road with London Road appears hostile for cyclists. In particular.
o Cyclists turning right into London Road from the ASL in Cecil Road have no protection.
o There is a danger of cyclists being “left-hooked” turning left out of Genotin Road to travel south on London Road.
Our Response to the Southbury Road Consultation
We support this plan overall. It will provide a route into Enfield Town from the east to link with the redesigned Town centre making travelling to Enfield Town centre by bicycle a safer and more attractive option. A safe route to the town is an essential part of the scheme to take advantage of the much calmer and pleasanter town centre we will have. It also provides a vital part of the network of cycle routes across the borough which will allow everyone more choice in how they travel to work, school, shopping and social events and help reduce pollution and combat poor health and obesity in the borough.
We do, however, have comments on the following pages of the Southbury Road plans:
• Bus stop by River Front is too busy for a bus stop boarder. People waiting for a bus already block the path for pedestrians.
• We are not sure how the junction with Willow Road/Tesco’s entrance will work. There are cycle gates, two-stage right turns and ASLs. If the ASLs are to allow cyclist to perform an ordinary right turn instead of the two-stage right, there must be sufficient time delay on the signals to avoid risk of collisions. See Cambridge Heath Road junction for the difficulties which may occur.
• There is no protection for a cyclist going east to do a right turn into Eaton Road to pick up the Greenway.
Page 4. Remove the stagger for northbound cyclists crossing Southbury Road.
Page 5. There is the risk of a left hook accident both for eastbound cyclists from large vehicles turning into Crown Road and, despite the curb being built out, from large vehicles as they turn left exiting Crown Road.
Page 6. There needs to be protection for westbound cyclists turning right into Glyn Road.
• We have concerns about the westbound route for cyclists being deflected into Scotland Green Road rather than carrying straight on. Our concern is that cyclists may continue straight on without adequate protection.
• The left turn into Scotland Green Road needs protection to prevent left hook accidents.
• The crossing for eastbound cyclists to join the two-way track on the south side may be ignored by cyclists who carry straight on.
Page 9. We have grave concerns over the use of the subway on the Mollison Avenue roundabout. Current cyclists report that they never use it preferring to take their chances on the roundabout itself rather than risk mugging etc. using the subway. This is not an attractive route and may encourage eastbound cyclists to ignore the cycle path and use the main road and roundabout.
Page 13. We are not sure why there needs to be a “Give Way” for cyclist on the left hand side of this page.
A Day to Celebrate!
After months of hard work on the campaign trail and a real feeling that we were trying to achieve the impossible we can today announce that the first Cycle Enfield Consultation results are in. This covered the A105 which included Palmers Green. An incredible 1646 people responded to the consultation and 60% of respondents were in favour with 40% against. The plans for Palmers Green, which are being funded through the Mayor of London’s £30 million Mini Holland fund, will see the town centre improved with wider pavements, more trees, bike lanes, landscaping, and more car parking. There will be extra parking spaces serving the shopping area and there will also be major improvements to the Winchmore Hill area with a safe, separated cycle track running from Palmers Green to Enfield Town allowing people to make local journeys by bike instead of car.
The feedback from the consultation will now shape some revisions to the designs. These will be shared in a full report when the final Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill proposals will be submitted to TfL for approval. We understand the work will commence in the Spring of 2016.
Today’s announcement was accompanied by a visit from Chris Boardman and Andrew Gilligan and we were able to join them for a ride from Palmers Green up to Enfield Town where the next Consultations are now available online to fill in. See Enfield Town Consultation and Southbury Road Consultation
Mini-Holland in Enfield could transform the borough into somewhere like this – safe and inviting for everyone to cycle. Tell the council you support plans for mini-Holland in Enfield.
Mini-Hollands are here because of London Cycling Campaign and local campaigners, who won a promise from the mayor to make London as safe and inviting for cycling as it is in Holland. We’re delighted that Enfield’s been awarded mini-Holland funding – it’s a huge opportunity to transform the borough and make it great for cycling and walking.
Cycling has so many benefits. It’s cheaper than public transport or driving; it’s great for you and the environment, and it’s a quick and easy way to get from A to B. Lots of people in Enfield would like to cycle, but don’t feel our roads are safe enough. The mini-Holland improvements would create safe space for cycling in the borough, so many more people can enjoy the benefits of cycling.
Enfield Council are asking people what they think of plans for the first mini-Holland scheme, which would create safe space for cycling from Palmers Green to Enfield Town. It’s really important that as many people as possible show they support the scheme. You don’t have to live in Enfield to respond to the consultation – it’s open to everyone.
It’s easy to have your say through council’s online survey. You can either give your feedback on the scheme overall, or go through and answer each section. We’ve given some suggestions below as to how you might want to respond. Individuals within a household can submit separate responses, so please encourage family members, as well as friends and colleagues, to respond.
The scheme overall section of the consultation is a space to give your thoughts on the plans in general. If you don’t have time to respond to each section, please take a moment to respond to this part. You might want to mention that you support the proposals because making it safer and more inviting to cycle in Enfield will mean many more people will be able to enjoy the benefits of cycling; because it will help tackle congestion and air pollution, or because investing in cycling is great for local business.
If you’d like to respond to all parts of the consultation, we’ve provided some more detailed information on each section below.
Section 1: Enfield Town to Village Road
We support the overall proposals for the section from Enfield Town to Village Rd. We’d like to see the junctions with Essex Rd and Lincoln Rd made safer for cycling, and it should be as easy as possible to enter the cycle lane in the service road by Majestic Wines.
Section 2: Park Crescent to Walnut Grove
We support the overall proposals for the section from Park Crescent to Walnut Grove. It’s important that the junction at Private Rd is made safe, and that the cycle lane isn’t blocked by motorists. Closing Uvedale Rd, Walshingham Rd or Park Crescent to through motor traffic would make the area much safer and more inviting for cycling and walking. We’d like to see the protection for cyclists continue along the whole route, not removed at crossings.
Section 3: Walnut Grove to Teynham Avenue
We support the overall proposals for the section from Walnut Grove to Teynham Avenue. It’s important that the removal of the informal crossing at the junction of Park Avenue and Village Road doesn’t encourage traffic to move faster round this bend. We’d also like to see the junction of Park Avenue and Village Road made safer for cycling, especially for people travelling northwards wanting to turn right into Village Road or Park Avenue.
Section 4: Teynham Avenue to Church Street
We support the overall proposals for the section from Teynham Avenue to Church Street. We’d like reassurance that motor traffic won’t be able to use the slip road to turn left up Bush Hill Rd, as this could lead to drivers cutting across the path of cyclists travelling straight ahead. Cyclists should have priority when passing the Berkeley Gardens junction.
Section 5: York Road to Devonshire Gardens
We support the overall proposals for the section from York Road to Devonshire Gardens. We’d like parking between Oxford Gardens and Devonshire Gardens to be moved outside of the cycle lane.
Section 6: Elsiedene Road to Shrubbery Gardens
We support the overall proposals for the section from Elsiedene Road to Shrubbery Gardens. We’d like parking to be moved outside of the cycle lane. The western part of this section should include protected space for cycling.
Section 7: Shrubbery Gardens to Station Road
We support the overall proposals for the section from Shrubbery Gardens to Station Road. We’d like parking to be moved outside of the cycle lane. The junction at Fords Grove would be much safer as a Dutch style roundabout.
Section 8: Station Road to Fernleigh Road
We support the overall proposals for the section from Station Road to Fernleigh Road. Southbound cyclists turning right into Sainsbury’s need a safe crossing. The whole of this section should include protected space for cycling.
Section 9: Woodberry Avenue to Crestbrook Avenue
We support the overall proposals for the section from Woodberry Avenue to Crestbrook Avenue. We’d like the parking to be moved outside of the cycle lane.
Section 10: Stonnard Road to Bourne Hill
We partially support the overall proposals for the section from Stonnard Road to Bourne Hill. The Hedge Lane /Bourne Hill junction must be made safer for cycling; it creates conflict between turning motorists and cycles on cycle lane. The whole of this section should include protected space for cycling.
Section 11: Osbourne Road to Hazelwood Lane
We partially support the overall proposals for the section from Osbourne Road to Hazelwood Lane. The whole of this section should include protected space for cycling.
Section 12: Lodge Drive to Broomfield Lane
We support option 2 for the section from Lodge Drive to Broomfield Lane, though the Dutch style roundabout must be well designed to avoid conflict between drivers and cyclists.
Section 13: Broomfield Lane to Palmerston Crescent
We support option 2, a new pedestrian crossing and a new cycle track along the New River.
Section 14: Palmerston Crescent to Palmerston Road
We support option 2, continuation of the cycle track along the New River.
If you’d like to get more involved, please get in touch with Enfield Cycling Campaign, we are working hard to make sure Enfield’s mini-Holland transforms the borough into somewhere that’s great for cycling and walking. Or if you’d like to find out more about mini-Holland in Enfield, visit the Cycle Enfield website.