The transport agenda in this country has become heavily biased towards road
use, with attendant neglect of rail and bus. Aside from adding to congestion
and further disadvantaging the poor, this has serious consequences for global
warming, the most serious threat currently faced by mankind. Greens stand
for rebalancing the transport equation to favour public transport - see the
The hot transport issue in Enfield is the North Circular Road scheme which
has finally been given the go-ahead after 45 years of wrangling. Enfield
Green Party views the scheme with mixed feelings. Less road-biased than the
previous attempt, and with some good safety features, the plans nevertheless
leave many local concerns unaddressed, particularly the rat-running which
is endemic in the area immediately south of the A406.
Enfield Green Party member Laura Davenport is also part of the
Community Action Group (BTCAG) which has taken the trouble to
ask local residents what they want - something Transport for London and the
council have signally failed to do - and fought tooth and nail to get it.
After much negotiation with Transport for London they managed to save local
businesses including those in the Ritz Parade, the chemist and dentist; they
pushed for a new pedestrian bridge to be installed at a busy junction, the
implementation of 30mph throughout this stretch of the A406 and that the
tree and shrub planning programme be improved. At the same time the BTCAG
continually campaigned for a 20mph zone on residential streets, improved
street lighting and that the blighted houses be brought back into use.
As at Autumn 2011 there are issues over three aspects of the scheme:
(a) A406 road
With at least six months of construction yet to come it hard to know whether
the scheme will meet its
still less the aspirations of local people.
On the north side of the road the pavement is shared between cyclists heading
east, cyclists heading west and pedestrians. TfL ran out of green tarmac
for the cycle lanes so both pedestrian and cycle route have black tarmac.
TfL assure us that it is safe.
The 7 lane junction at Wilmer Way is now open. Is it helping traffic flow?
Not at the moment: the yellow box seems to be used as a car park. TfL assure
us that once road works are complete traffic will flow smoothly.
Public transport, pedestrians and private vehicles continue to be diverted
around the area whilst work takes place. TfL assure us things will improve.
The roadworks will be complete by Spring 2012 and shortly after that one
of the lanes will be designated a VIP Olympic lane linking Wembley to the
(b) Traffic calming
Enfield's Labour Council has implemented the 20 mph zone we proposed - but
not very well.
The Warwick Road traffic calming scheme is almost complete. The Green Party
campaigned for a 20 mph zone and the Labour Party liked the idea so much
they put it into practice. Local people anticipated a nice-looking scheme
incorporating brick block tables at junctions that would not only physically
slow traffic down but would also remind drivers coming off the A406 that
they were entering a residential area. Unfortunately it looks as if Haringey
used up most of the £4 million TfL traffic calming grant, so Enfield
have used lots of tarmac to create humps and bumps.
The Notting Hill Housing Trust has done a good job on renovation but proposes
a lot of new building too - but with no new public facilities even though
local schools are over-subscribed.
Since 2005 the Green Party has campaigned to get the homes along the A406
brought back in to use. Notting Hill Housing Trust (NHHT) was given a grant
to purchase and sort out the housing. On the one hand they are doing a great
job: new roofs, windows and doors for tenants. However, NHHT sees the area
as a way to make big bucks. One of their many plans is to knock down the
14 family homes next to the new bridge and build 80 flats (including 3 bed
flats) in their place; that's right, putting families in flats. For more
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