Consultation on new Enfield to Ponders End walking and cycling route extended

The route aims to improve active travel options for people travelling between Enfield Town and Ponders End Station

credit Enfield Council
credit Enfield Council

A public consultation on a new walking and cycling route through eastern Enfield is being extended until 7th January.

The survey on the Enfield Town to Ponders End active travel scheme was due to end on Sunday, 17th December, but will now be open for another three weeks because of the high number of responses being received.

The route will largely make use of quieter residential streets, with a mixture of interventions being installed such as segregated lanes, shared cycle/walking paths, junction upgrades, and traffic restrictions such as modal filters and banned turns into particular roads.

An earlier report from Rick Jewell, the council’s cabinet member for environment, explained the rationale behind the route, saying: “There is a considerable barrier and lack of cycling connection between the east and west sides of Enfield.

“Through creating this east-west link, this project will expand the active travel network in the borough, which will contribute towards long-term increases in levels of active travel as well as create safer neighbourhoods for road users to walk, wheel and cycle.

“The project will deliver a combination of on and off carriageway cycle facilities, upgrades to footways, improved pedestrian crossings. a school street at Bush Hill Park Primary School, and junction upgrades along the proposed route. The provision of these facilities will enable more people to walk, wheel and cycle and aligns with the council’s strategies to combat.”

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Prior to the news the consultation would be extended, Enfield Town resident Adam White told the Dispatch: “The plan is complex and difficult enough to understand as it is, and yet less than a month’s notice for stakeholders’ comments on the specifics has been provided.”

However, the council issued an update to its consultation website this week, saying: “Due to the upcoming holiday, along with a steady flow of responses to the survey, Enfield Council have decided to extend the deadline for this period of community engagement. This will enable us to gather as many comments from the local community as possible.

    “We would also like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has completed the survey, written to us or attended one of the community drop-in sessions.”

    A map of the proposed route
    A map of the proposed route

    To find out more about the route and take part in the survey:

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