What is an Experimental Traffic Order?
An Experimental Traffic Order (ETO) is a legal document, made under Sections 9 and 10 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, which imposes traffic and parking restrictions or changes the way existing restrictions function. ETOs enable the Council to implement the scheme on a trial basis, while a formal consultation takes place, and the scheme’s effects are monitored and assessed.
An ETO can only stay in force for a maximum of 18 months, after which a decision must be made on whether to remove the trial or make the scheme permanent. There is no minimum length of time following the initial implementation after which the scheme can be changed or removed. However, the Council would like to ensure an appropriate amount of time to assess viability of the scheme before any decisions are made.
The Council, including ward councillors are committed to undertaking a meaningful consultation that will inform our decision making for the scheme. A report will be written to summarise the feedback. Monitoring will also inform any decision made by the Council.
Will residents be consulted? If so, how and when can we leave feedback?
Yes. Given the ETO nature of the scheme, the consultation with community takes place during the trial rather than ahead of the scheme being implemented.
The Council have consulted with emergency services and TfL before starting the trial.
Once the trial is fully in place, residents and all interested stakeholders will be able to provide their comments via the statutory consultation that is key part of the process and will be hosted on this page. We will write to residents again to inform once the consultation is live and explaining how paper copies of the consultation can be requested. Residents, will be able to complete the survey to provide their views on how the scheme is working in practice, or if they prefer can submit their comments in writing to the below address:
ATTN: Healthy Streets team, Enfield Council, Civic Centre, Silver St, Enfield, EN13XA.
To submit your comments online you will need a Let's Talk Enfield account. Click 'Sign up' in the top right corner of this page. See here for more information on the Let's Talk Enfield site.
Can the trial measures be adjusted and adapted?
Yes. This is the benefit of taking a trial approach. Owing to the urgency that the Covid-19 situation has presented, rather than spend months and even years modelling multiple scenarios and potential impacts, we are trialling an approach and can then monitor the actual impacts.
The scheme is implemented using an Experimental Traffic Order (ETO) enabling the Council to make temporary changes and consult with community and stakeholders during the trial. This gives the Council an opportunity to review feedback and see how the scheme operates and either make changes to the trial, remove the scheme or make it permanent.
Before a decision is made whether to make the scheme permanent, feedback and monitoring will be reviewed, and a formal report produced and published on our website.
What will happen after the trial is implemented?
Once the trial is delivered, feedback received during the trial period will be reviewed in combination with evidence such as traffic monitoring data. A decision will be then made whether or not to make measures permanent or make changes and conduct another trial.
What are the timelines for the project?
We are aiming to commence a trial starting in autumn 2020.
How will cyclists heading southbound on Fore Street (Cycleway 1 – A1010 South project) be able to access this route?
A parallel zebra crossing has been constructed as part of the A1010 South project on Fore Street just south of the junction with Park Road. Southbound cyclists will be able to make use of this facility to cross safely and enter Park Road, where the proposed route starts.
Which parts of the route will have a segregated cycle lane?
Due to the current low traffic volumes of most of the roads through which the cycle route is running, and the further reduction in traffic that the proposed measures will achieve, a segregated cycle lane will not be needed. Instead, provisions will be made for safe on-street cycling. This will be supported by junction and crossing improvements as well as traffic reduction measures, in the form of modal filters and banned turns, to create a safe and pleasant cycling experience. In addition, the part of the route from the junction of Victoria Road with Park Road to Sweet Briar Walk will run through Pymmes Park.
Will the section through Pymmes Park be accessible at all times?
Yes, the shared footway through the park which this route makes use of is open 24/7. It also has existing lighting provisions to improve visibility and enhance security during the hours of darkness.
Will any of the roads be completely inaccessible?
No. Vehicle access will be maintained to all roads within the area. Vehicle access may be limited between opposite ends of the road, but none of the roads will be completely closed to motor traffic, enabling access and deliveries to continue. For instance, the proposed closure to motor vehicles at Park Road will not allow drivers through access to Fore Street from Victoria Road and the other way around.
What is a modal filter?
A modal filter is a road closure for motor vehicles, which continues to enable people to walk and cycle through the closure point. We will be using bolt-down planters to reduce the width of the road and achieve the closure.
Will emergency services still be able to access the roads?
Emergency services will continue to be able to access all residential streets, in some cases using different routes. The emergency services have been engaged in discussion on the proposals for this project. This has led to the design of modal filters which allow emergency access. Within the traffic orders necessary to support enforcement of closures, emergency vehicles can be exempt from these closures, enabling improved circulation in the area. The only proposals which will lead to a change of direction, are the banned right turns from Sweet Briar Walk into Denton Road and from Denton Road into Sweet Briar Walk.
Will refuse services still be able to access the roads?
Yes, refuse vehicles will continue to be able to collect refuse from all residential properties. This was an operational requirement of the design. Discussions have already taken place with Officers responsible for Waste Management at the Council. Whilst they will need to maintain access, they are also clear that the number one risk to their operatives is from car drivers who are trying to pass through as they collect waste. To this end, they welcome measures to reduce traffic speed and volume.
Will the scheme increase journey times in the local area?
Residents may be required to take a different route to access their homes, depending on where they live within the area. For example, residents living on the east side of Park Road will not be able to drive to their homes from the west end of Park Road (junction with Victoria Road). Similarly, residents living on the west side of Park Road will not be able to drive to their homes from the east end of Park Road (junction with Fore Street).
This can lead to a slight increase of individual motor vehicle journey times. However, this is only a minor inconvenience in comparison to the benefit of having quieter and safer residential roads with improved local air quality. Moreover, one of the objectives of the project is to reduce the overall number of motor vehicle journeys by encouraging more active and sustainable transport choices.
How will the proposed banned turns and closures be enforced?
Measures have been included in the design to physically prevent drivers from not complying with the proposed banned turns. Where that was not possible, Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras could be installed at those areas to ensure compliance.