Boost for long-awaited Enfield Town revamp as TfL recommits £6m funding

Detailed designs for new public spaces, crossings and cycle lanes to come forward in next year, reports James Cracknell

The new 'plaza' outside Enfield Town Station
The proposed new ‘plaza’ outside Enfield Town Station

The proposed revamp of Enfield Town has received a big boost after Transport for London re-committed to funding it.

Enfield Council had been planning to fund the ‘Liveable Neighbourhoods’ scheme from alternative sources after TfL’s perilous financial situation last year led it to withdraw a £6m grant offer, but the transport body this week announced it will be funding it after all, along with a number of schemes in other boroughs centred around improving road safety and encouraging cycling and walking.

The Enfield Town revamp has gone through four rounds of public consultation since 2019 and includes the creation of new public spaces, cycle lanes and pedestrian crossings around the town centre. However, the most recent consultation last summer saw complaints about reduced parking and controversial bus stops.

Enfield Council leader Nesil Caliskan welcomed the announcement from TfL. She said: “Confirmation that TfL continues to support the Enfield Town project and our ambition to invest in our town centres is very welcome news.

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“Community engagement with the project demonstrated the appetite to improve the town centre to make it cleaner, greener and safer for everyone in the area. TfL will be funding a detailed design stage in the forthcoming year, and a report will shortly be published which establishes a programme for the improvements.”

City Hall’s walking and cycling commissioner Will Norman said: “I am delighted that we have been able to award London’s boroughs with more than £63million in funding to make our streets healthier and safer.

“The funding will give boroughs the certainty to deliver improvements to public transport, support ‘vision zero’ and make active travel safer and more appealing.

“The funding will also support more active travel in outer London and help Londoners prepare for expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone. Boroughs have an essential role to play as we continue to build a safer, greener London for everyone and the mayor and I will continue to work closely with them.”

Alex Williams, chief customer and strategy officer at TfL, said: “London’s boroughs are at the centre of our plans to transform access to walking, cycling and public transport.

“This investment will deliver benefits, especially in outer London and plays a huge role in our determination to provide a green, healthy and sustainable future for all Londoners.

“We look forward to working closely with the boroughs to deliver projects that make our city greener, safer and better for everyone.”

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