The Federation of Enfield Residents’ & Allied Associations
Enfield Residents’ & Allied Associations

Roads – arteries to health and prosperity 

 

FERAA has long been concerned that infrastructure in the Borough is not being given the attention needed if quality of life in the area is to be preserved. Projections over the next 20 years result in Enfield becoming one of the most populous boroughs in London, approaching 350,000 inhabitants. Where are the plans to accommodate such numbers in quality conditions? Infrastructure investment is looked on by the treasury department as a dead cost, whereas looked at end to end every improvement in efficiency pays our community, lifts the standard of living and increases tax yield. This mind set, lazy administration, must be corrected.

Transport facilities

The roads system in Enfield has evolved from a network of country lanes passing through a residential suburb of London. Now the population is much greater and economic activity running at much higher levels. Roads are critical infrastructure but where are the visionary plans to meet the needs of the 21st century?

East-West road connections:

It has taken a long time to get some relief on the congested North Circular Road (A406) at Bounds Green in the south of the Borough, and the job is a long way from completion to modern standards – congestion cost the nation through wasted time and puts us at a disadvantage to nations that keep up with demand. FERAA’s campaign continues for full dualisation of the A406 with upgraded junctions, and completely rejects the Borough’s recent planning decision to limit the scope for road widening.

The other important east - west road, the A110 that bisects the town (Bramley road connecting with the Southbury road) is also not fit for purpose: it needs to have restrictions and obstructive parking removed and junctions improved if efficient traffic flows are to be delivered. FERAA is pressing for a plan and improvements. We often detect in officials’ responses the notion that “reducing congestion just promotes growth in traffic” which is such a negative outlook that we are prompted to suggest passing the task to managers who are pro-active, not defeatist.

North-South Routes:

The Borough has to bear a great deal of N-S traffic coming from inner London and the industrial sites of the Lea Valley. The bulk of this moves along the A10, which is so loaded it cuts off the far east of the Borough from the town centre. Underpasses are needed, especially at the A10 / A110 intersection. This may take time to move up the spending list, but we must not lose sight of the value this would bring to E-W and N-S communications in the Borough. 

The A10 / M25 intersection is one of the most heavily used in the northern sector of the motorway. A large volume of traffic leading to and from the Lea Valley uses this route, to the detriment of the many families and institutions in the area.

A relief road, called the Northern Gateway Relief Road (NGAR) has been discussed for years and FERAA strongly supports this investment. It would connect the A1055 (Mollison Ave) with the A121 (Meridian Way) and run over open ground providing access to and from the east at Junction 26 on the M25. The savings in transport costs, time and environmental benefit make this investment (small by modern standards) a very attractive proposition.

Vision and Resistance to Development

FERAA believes the quality of life in the Borough depends on the Council adopting as its prime mission to attract and retain quality employment opportunities. Everything that residents aspire to springs from that. Settling for a plan that is dependent on retailing, dormitory, or low added value distribution employment will sap the vitality of the Borough and render it uncompetitive with its neighbours. People with ambition and skills will have to seek fulfilment outside the Borough. Every move by the Council that deters inward investment further weakens the Borough’s prospects.

It is true that major roads are the prime responsibility of Transport for London, managed by the Mayor of London. But improvement schemes are prioritised on the basis of the case made and the value of the investment. Enfield council needs to step up its representations and show commitment, to grasp the vision and press until it is a reality. FERAA is working to influence these decisions and speed the benefits to the Borough.

Campaigning for improvements is time-consuming and beset with difficulties – public consultation is insisted on by the courts. This can deter councils from coming forward with schemes if they believe the legal costs will be heavy. FERAA works to offset this on behalf of the many residents who will benefit from such schemes. By the same standard it works to deter the Council from totemic schemes, such as unenforceable speed regulation, that have only cosmetic value and encourage “jobsworths” who delight in process over delivery. It is a culture that demands constant vigilance and back pressure.

How to make a difference

Join your local Residents Association and make your views known, get information on what is happening, and support the Association at public meetings: write to your local Councillor (address easily found on the Enfield Council website) and use the press letters columns to show Enfield Council that residents expect more from their management and their taxes.

 

See below - how else you can make personal representations on traffic matters

 

 

 

 

 

How you can make personal representations on traffic matters

FERAA is in constant contact with the authorities to lobby for improvements. But a lot can be achieved by individual representation on large schemes or even local issues, so here’s a guide to help you start:

Transport for London (TfL) is responsible for everything that happens on the A406 North Circular Road and the A10 Great Cambridge Road.  So, if you have any complaints about the A406 or the A10, do not waste your time contacting Enfield Council but get straight on to TfL.

If you are enquiring about emergency and general maintenance on the A406 or the A10 the person to contact is Gary Steward, who is the TfL’s Highway Operations Manager North area:
e-mail GarySteward@tfl.gov.uk or telephone 0845 365 3100.

If he is not available, his boss is Graham Vowles, who is TfL’s Head of Highway Operations:
e-mail GrahamVowles@tfl.gov.uk or telephone 020 3054 1311.

If you are enquiring about a scheme on the A406 or the A10 that is under construction, or that you know is in the process of being designed, the person to contact is Nick Atkinson, who is TfL’s Development and Delivery Manager North area:
e-mail NickAtkinson@tfl.gov.uk or telephone 020 7618 7907.

If you think that a new scheme is needed anywhere on the A406 or the A10 the person to contact is Chris Tudor, who is TfL’s Planning Manager North area:
e-mail ChrisTudor@tfl.gov.uk  or telephone 020 3054 1807

If he is not available, his boss is Chris Martin, who is TfL’s Head of Planning Unit:
e-mail ChrisMartin2@tfl.gov.uk  or telephone 020 3054 1746

All traffic lights (including pedestrian crossings that are controlled by traffic lights) are also TfL’s responsibility, regardless of where they are in the Borough.  To report anything that is wrong with any traffic lights the telephone number to call is 0845 6061005.

Although TfL are responsible for traffic lights, and for bus stops/shelters, on all of Enfield’s roads you should get in contact with Enfield Council if you think that any new ones should be provided or existing ones altered, in any way.

The person to contact is Liam Mulrooney who is Enfield Council’s Group Leader Traffic, Road Safety & Parking in its Traffic & Transportation Service: 
e-mail Liam.Mulrooney@enfield.gov.uk or telephone 020 8379 3550.

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