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A105 Scheme

This is a unique opportunity for Enfield to transform the look and feel of this vital local road for the benefit of the whole community, whether they cycle or not.

Latest Update

This project has been approved for implementation. More details can be found on the construction page.

 

Disabled Parking along A105

For more information about disabled parking along the A105 route please click here.

This Consultation is Closed

Closed 6th July 2016 - 29th July 2016

The statutory consultation period enables any objections to the draft traffic management orders. All objections must be made in writing and state the grounds of objection. Objections can be submitted by the online form below or by writing to Cycle Enfield, Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield, EN1 3XY.

You Said, We Did
Changes to the design as a result of the consultation

Key Issues
Council responses to key issues raised in the consultation

You Said:
We Did:
  • You said you were concerned about stepping on/off the bus into the cycle lane. A buffer strip (at pavement height) will be introduced at 22 of the bus stop boarders, creating an additional space between the bus and the cycle lane, 6 bus stop boarders will remain as the original design.

  • You said you were concerned that the cycle lane would prevent access to places by people with a disability who are transported by private vehicles. You were also concerned that the cycle lane would restrict the dial-a-ride from operating at locations such as the Ruth Winston Centre. Any blue badge holder will be able to set down and pick up passengers at any point along the route, even if that means temporally entering the cycle lane to position their vehicle by the kerb edge. The situation is the same for the dial-a-ride buses operating in Enfield.
  • You said you were concerned about loading at points along the route where we have not designed loading bays. The same volume of formal loading bays in the high street areas as currently exists is incorporated into the designs. We are currently investigating the feasibility of temporary loading permits for loading / unloading in additional areas along the route. This would be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
  • You said you were concerned that in places the cycle lane was located on the outside of parking bays, when it could be located on the inside of parking to provide greater protection. We have amended the designs so that they cycle lane will now remain on the inside of parked vehicles along the entirety of the route, providing a greater sense of safety and distance from moving motor traffic.
  • You said the removal of the informal crossing point outside of Regency Court would make it difficult for residents to cross the road to access the north bound bus stop. We will change the design to ensure this bus stop is included in the designs. This will result in the removal of the three car parking spaces at this location. The consultation demonstrated some confusion over the car parking that is currently available in the service road by Bush Hill parade – all of these car parking spaces will be retained in the design.
    We will also amend the proposed junction of Bush Hill Road/Church Street/Park Avenue. This will provide improvements for pedestrians, stopping all motor traffic when pedestrians are able to cross – enabling pedestrians to cross diagonally (should they wish) from one shopping parade to another. It will also enable left turns (travelling North) into Bush Hill. Finally, the new junction design will also improve the connection between the A105 route and the Quietway that will connect Enfield Town to Edmonton Green.
  • You said that you did not like seeing Vicars Moor Lane converted to an exit only junction. Vicars Moor Lane will now remain as two-way operation but with the northbound slip road removed. This will enable the increase in public space and improve cycle safety without restricting access.
  • You said you did not like the proposed closure of the left hand turn traveling northbound from Green Lanes into Station Road. We will amend the designs to maintain a slip road that allows northbound traffic to turn left into Station Road.
  • You asked where the 125 bus would terminate if we removed the stopping point by Station Road. The original proposals were for the 125 bus to terminate off the route. However, we will now include a bus stand in the same vicinity as it is currently.
  • You said that you wanted to see some more of the high street car parking kept within Winchmore Hill high street areas. Along Winchmore Hill Broadway we will introduce an additional 3 high street car parking spaces compared to the original consultation proposals. One of these spaces will be incorporated into the design of the left hand slip road into Station Road, and a further two will be incorporated into the designs for Compton Road by converting some of this parking into diagonal bays. This will result in a slight reduction of the new public space created in this area.
    Fords Grove car park will be converted to pay and display to discourage people driving short journeys to park for the station and create additional capacity for shopper parking. Additionally, a 45 minute free parking zone will be created within the car park containing 20 spaces, encouraging the car park to be used for shorter shopping trips. Parking in this car park will be free to all users after 6.30pm to support the evening economy.
    In Winchmore Hill, from Fords Grove to Sainsbury’s 76% of the high street car parking spaces (proposed 45 spaces versus the current 59) will be retained.
    From Elm Park Road to Elsiedene Road, 89% of the high street car parking spaces (proposed 49 spaces versus the current 55) will be retained. A marked bay(s) for 10 parking spaces will also be provided to offset the loss of unrestricted kerb space in this area (surveys show an average occupancy of 10 vehicles).
  • You said that our proposals to move the Southbound bus stop at Sainsbury’s further away from the store would be inconvenient. We have relocated the bus stops to maintain convenient access to Sainsbury’s. In addition, we will merge the two zebra crossings in this location, to provide one central crossing directly by the access to the store, conveniently located between both the northbound and southbound bus stops.
  • You said you were concerned about the re-location of the northbound bus stop outside of St Monica’s church. In the designs, we have put the northbound bus stop back to its current position. This does mean that we have also moved the southbound bus stop back to its current position south of Hedge Lane (it’s not possible to have both bus stops outside of St Monica’s). The return of the southbound bus stop does mean a reduction of 2 car parking spaces to that described in the original consultation. Based on the town centres survey, and the understanding that more people travel by bus than car, this was deemed to be the best approach. This also resolves some issues that were raised regarding the use of this bus stop as an interchange. The informal crossing by St Monica’s will be upgraded to a zebra crossing.
  • You said you were concerned about reducing the flow of traffic through the Fox Lane junction. We have converted the Fox Lane junction, removing the proposed traffic lights and created a T-junction. This will reduce the potential of northbound traffic queuing through Palmers Green. This does result in the removal of the proposed signalised pedestrian crossing at the junction. Pedestrians will continue to cross via informal crossings however the junction will become a raised area to reduce speed.
  • You said you were concerned about converting Hazelwood Lane into exit only. In the designs, we have reverted Hazelwood Lane to two-way working.
  • You said you were concerned about the removal of The Fox Pub bus stop. In response to the consultation, whilst we still propose to remove one of the northbound bus stops between the triangle and Fox Lane, we will locate the new bus stop into a more balanced central position on the high street, which will ensure the distance between bus stops remains less than the TfL maximum guideline of 400 meters.

    This will mean that the southbound bus stop is located in the designs closer to its current location and will convert from a bus stop bypass to a bus stop boarder. At this bus stop boarder, a one metre buffer strip will be introduced between the kerb edge and the cycle lane. This change will also result in an additional car parking space on the high street.
  • You said you were concerned about the number of high street parking spaces in Palmers Green. In the amended designs, in the Palmers Green high street from Fox Lane to Alderman’s Hill, the designs incorporate 87% of the current on street car parking spaces (41 spaces proposed versus the current 47).
    For the Palmers Green section from Fox Lane to Bourne Hill 70% of the high street car parking spaces are included in the designs (26 spaces proposed versus the current 37).
    However, we will re-design the number of available car parking spaces in Lodge Drive car park, which will result in an increase of 20 car parking spaces.
    We will improve the signage to this parking from the high street. Additionally, a 45 minute free parking zone will be created within the car park containing 20 spaces, encouraging the car park to be used for shorter shopping trips. The open hours of this car park will also be extended to allow access at any time (currently closes at 9pm). Parking will continue to be free after 6.30pm. This and increased night time accessibility will assist the night time economy.
  • We asked you to provide feedback on two different options for the junction at Alderman’s Hill. Based on your responses, the design process will move forward using the options that retains the triangle and signalised junction.
    As outlined in the consultation process, there will be further opportunity for the local community to influence what the final design will look like on the footprint of the public space contained with the triangle island.
  • We asked you to provide feedback on two different options for how the route could link with the cycle route into Haringey. Based on your responses, the design process will move forward which routes people cycling via Palmerston Crescent.
Consultation Issue:
Enfield Council Response:
  • Concerns that the proposals may have a negative impact on shops & businesses along the A105. The proposals for the A105 have been subjected to an independent economic impact assessment which concluded that once installed the cycling infrastructure would have a negligible impact on town centre impact viability (with some minor negative/negligible impacts during construction). However the report identified a series of measures that if implemented could result in a neutral or positive level of impact. They further identified that if as anticipated, the scheme has a transformational effect on town centre attractiveness and liveability, there could be a longer term uplift of up to 10-15% of town centre revenue.
    In both Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill, the plans result in a net increase of overall shopper car parking. Whilst in places there is a reduction in some on street car parking spaces, significant on street parking is retained (and will be increased as a result of the consultation).
    In Palmers Green, Lodge Drive car park will be re-designed to include an additional 20 spaces. Improved signage from the high street will be provided. Additionally, a 30 minute free parking zone will be created within the car park containing 20 spaces, encouraging the car park to be used for shorter shopping trips.
    In Winchmore Hill, Fords Grove car park will be converted to pay and display to discourage people driving short journeys to park for the station and create additional capacity for shopper parking. Following the consultation, the number of high street parking spaces will also be increased (see table 9 below). Additionally, a 30 minute free parking zone will be created within the car park containing 20 spaces, encouraging the car park to be used for shorter shopping trips.
    We are aware that these concerns have been heightened by claims from anti-campaign groups such as ‘Local people wouldn’t be able to park in Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill to use their local shops restaurants etc’. These suggestions were factually incorrect, but we understand that their constant repetition by a vocal minority will naturally have caused concern for a number of local residents and business owners.
  • Concerns that proposals may increase congestion. Increases in the population in Enfield and any forecast growth in traffic volumes will lead to increased pressure on our roads, resulting in significant increases in congestion and further reductions in air quality. Doing nothing will lead to increasing levels of congestion.
    An assessment has been carried out on the impact on journey times along the length of the corridor, factoring in both the re-designed junctions and the impact of the bus stop boarders.
    The average journey time for the length of the corridor is approximately 10-15 minutes depending on the time of day. The modelling suggests the following increase in journey times:
    • AM Peak northbound 1.8 minutes or 33 secs per mile
    • AM Peak southbound 1.3 minutes or 24 secs per mile
    • PM Peak northbound 1.3 minutes or 25 secs per mile
    • PM Peak southbound 2.5 minutes or 47 secs per mile

    Providing infrastructure like that proposed, to enable increasing levels of active travel in future years, will provide an ongoing means of addressing the issue of congestion.
  • Concerns that proposals will cause danger at bus stops. The bus stop bypass and bus stop boarder designs that are proposed have been used in other parts of London and the UK. There are a number of councils who have implemented these designs (e.g. Camden Council and Brighton & Hove Council) who have monitored their impact and have not reported any significant issues.
    Whilst it is acknowledged that this is a design not previously seen in Enfield, it is apparent from the consultation comments there are some misunderstanding of how the bus stop boarders will work. To better illustrate the layout of bus stops a detailed explanation has been added to the Cycle Enfield website. (http://cycleenfield.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/20150902_Bus-Images-e1454691017761.jpg) This visualisation will be updated to illustrate the revised design post consultation, where buffer strips will be introduced at 22 of the bus stop boarders, creating an additional space between the bus and the cycle lane.

  • Concerns that there are not enough people cycling to justify the proposals. Enfield Council understands that there are currently very low levels of cycling in the Borough. Indeed, it is believed this is one of the reasons why Enfield was successful in securing this external investment from TfL.
    We know from our survey of Enfield residents (we asked 3,516 people across the borough) that the number one thing that the council could do to increase cycling is to create safe cycling routes. Evidence from across the UK and beyond indicate that these routes need to be direct and convenient in order to encourage some people to choose cycling instead of the car for some of their local journeys.
  • Concerns that the proposals may have a negative impact on air quality. The proposals for the A105 have been subject to an independent Air Quality Assessment. This report concluded that although there are some increases in concentrations at junctions, with a 2.5% reduction in traffic, annual average NO2 concentration is predicted to decrease by 0.25 µg/m³ to 0.5 µg/m³ at roadside locations. This would bring improvements to air quality, a foundation to be built upon as active travel is increased further in future years.
  • Suggestions that the money should be spent on other issues. It is not possible for Enfield Council to spend this money received from TfL on other council services.
    It is anticipated that implementing our Cycle Enfield proposals across the entire borough will cost approximately £42m over 4 years. The significant majority of this funding comes from the successful ‘Mini Holland’ bid which secured £30m from the Mayors of London cycling budget. A further £7.7m is funding that Enfield would always have received from TfL to contribute towards transport improvement programmes. A further £1.5m will be received from Network Rail and £1m gathered as developer contributions.
    All but two of the twenty outer London boroughs bid for the opportunity to attract the ‘Mini Holland’ funding because they all recognised what a significant opportunity this was to bring economic, health and transport benefits to those boroughs that would be successful in their bids.
  • Concerns that alternative routes should be chosen, away from major roads. The New River route was investigated but would not be a workable solution. In the first instance, there are a range of land ownership and access issues. Those aside, this scheme is intended to increase cycling as a normal form of transport. The routes selected need to connect the places that people want to travel to on a daily basis (shops, train stations etc) and should be accessible at all times of day and night. Other quieter routes are also part of the overall Cycle Enfield network. Like any transport system, the network should be made up of quieter smaller routes, connecting to major routes that enable direct and convenient travel.
    More detail of why the A105 route was developed instead of a New River route is at Annex C.
  • Concerns that ‘rat running’ may increase. In addition to the main road routes, Enfield Council intend on implementing an initiative called Quieter Neighbourhoods. This programme divides the borough into approximately 40 residential zones and will consider ways in which traffic can be calmed and ‘rat running’ reduced through these residential areas. The scheme will be resident led, which means the council will hold workshops to discuss the various measures that are available to a particular area, and allow local residents to decide what measures they wish to implement. Some initial pilot work for Quieter Neighbourhoods has already started. However, the full rollout of this work will be sequenced in concert with the major Cycle Enfield road schemes, providing an opportunity for any ‘rat running’ issues to be addressed.
  • Concerns that the proposals do not do enough to make cycling safe. The proposals for the A105 will provide a transformational improvement in safety for people cycling. As part of the wider Cycle Enfield programme, the Council are striving to create a borough wide network of cycling infrastructure. This is an ambitious programme and as much as possible will be achieved with the resources available, whilst delivering balance with the needs of other road users.

There have been a range of events and key dates associated with development of the A105 Cycle Enfield Scheme. We have listed these below to help illustrate the process that has been followed.

Key Dates

View past and present key dates for this scheme:

25th May 2016
A105 co-design workshops

An opportunity to help shape the design of some of the public spaces in this scheme.

19th May 2016
A105 Public Exhibition

An opportunity to view the revised plans and discuss with designers and Council Officers. Palmers Green Library from 3pm - 8pm.

11th February 2016
Cabinet Approval

Considering a range of assessments and the revised plans following the consultation, the scheme was approved to allow detailed design work to continue.

17th July - 9th October 2015
Consultation Period

A 12 week consultation period enabling people to review plans and provide detailed feedback.

18th July 2015
Public Exhibition

An opportunity to view the proposals and discuss with designers and Council Officers. The Fox Public House, Saturday 10am - 4pm.

17th July 2015
Public Exhibiton

An opportunity to view the proposals and discuss with designers and Council Officers. The Fox Public House, Friday 3pm - 8pm.

16th July 2015
Exhibition for business owners

An opportunity for local business owners to view the proposals. The Fox Public House, Thursday 3pm - 8pm.

11th February 2015
Public Exhibition

Launch exhibition for the A105 showing a range of potential concepts and requesting feedback on early ideas to help shape future designs. The Fox Public House, Thursday 3pm - 8pm.

View more dates

Other Scheme Information

Co-design workshops

Visit our co-design section to see how some of public spaces could look following investment from Cycle Enfield. The improvements to these areas will be of benefit to everyone, however they choose to travel.

Palmers Green Triangle Future Look

Bus stop design

You can view some illustrations to help explain the design on our bus stop page.

Why we are not using a New River route

New River Route Plus and minus