Bowes Primary Area Quieter Neighbourhood

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Overview

The Bowes Primary and Surrounding Streets Quieter Neighbourhood (QN) was implemented as a trial in September 2020 using experimental traffic orders. The objectives of the project were to create healthier streets within the area, significantly reduce the volume of through motor traffic and enable a longer-term increase in walking and cycling levels. The trial was funded from the first tranche of the Department for Transport Emergency Active Travel Fund, an initiative that was launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Implementation of the trial

Modal filters introduced as part of the trial are at the following locations:

  • Maidstone Road at its junction with Warwick Road
  • York Road at its junction with Brownlow Road
  • Palmerston Road northbound at its junction with the A406 North Circular Road
  • Existing width restriction on Warwick Road, near its junction with Maidstone Road, replaced with point closure for all vehicles except for emergency vehicles and service vehicles

A restriction was introduced at Palmerston Road at the junction with Kelvin Avenue via a new traffic island restricting right turns from Palmerston Road into Kelvin Avenue. A 20mph maximum speed limit was also introduced on some roads.

Future of the project

During the trial, a range of monitoring activities were carried out to assess the impacts of the scheme. Residents, businesses and other stakeholders had the opportunity to share their comments through the consultation period which commenced at the beginning of the trial and ran until 2 May 2021. A further opportunity to comment was provided in November 2021. The findings from these activities were summarised in the decision report which can be found here.

More information

Project updates are posted under the Project Updates tab on this page below. You can also find FAQs here.

Overview

The Bowes Primary and Surrounding Streets Quieter Neighbourhood (QN) was implemented as a trial in September 2020 using experimental traffic orders. The objectives of the project were to create healthier streets within the area, significantly reduce the volume of through motor traffic and enable a longer-term increase in walking and cycling levels. The trial was funded from the first tranche of the Department for Transport Emergency Active Travel Fund, an initiative that was launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Implementation of the trial

Modal filters introduced as part of the trial are at the following locations:

  • Maidstone Road at its junction with Warwick Road
  • York Road at its junction with Brownlow Road
  • Palmerston Road northbound at its junction with the A406 North Circular Road
  • Existing width restriction on Warwick Road, near its junction with Maidstone Road, replaced with point closure for all vehicles except for emergency vehicles and service vehicles

A restriction was introduced at Palmerston Road at the junction with Kelvin Avenue via a new traffic island restricting right turns from Palmerston Road into Kelvin Avenue. A 20mph maximum speed limit was also introduced on some roads.

Future of the project

During the trial, a range of monitoring activities were carried out to assess the impacts of the scheme. Residents, businesses and other stakeholders had the opportunity to share their comments through the consultation period which commenced at the beginning of the trial and ran until 2 May 2021. A further opportunity to comment was provided in November 2021. The findings from these activities were summarised in the decision report which can be found here.

More information

Project updates are posted under the Project Updates tab on this page below. You can also find FAQs here.

  • Update 4th January 2022

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    A decision on the Bowes Primary and Surrounding Streets Quieter Neighbourhood (QN) has been published and can be found here. The decision has been made by the Leader of Enfield Council to make the traffic orders permanent. This means that the measures that have been trialled in the Bowes Primary QN will stay in place.

    This decision has been made in the knowledge that:

    • A subsequent report is to be produced as soon as possible which explores mitigation measures to improve access for residents with disabilities through potential exemptions and includes consideration of those with caring responsibilities.

    • A subsequent report is produced which recommends the implementation of a School Street at Bowes Primary.

    • The filter on Maidstone Road at its junction with Warwick Road is amended from a bollard to camera controlled filter, increasing permeability for any exemptions, including the emergency services.

    • The filter on Maidstone Road at its junction with Warwick Road is reviewed to determine whether further public realm improvements could be implemented at this location.

    • A review is undertaken of traffic speed and volume on the unclassified roads, monitored as part of this project, that are outside the Bowes QN area. This will inform the potential residential areas of focus for further QN style interventions.

    • A post-project monitoring plan is developed to continue to carry out some high-level monitoring in this area of the Borough.

    • A decision on the implementation of a bus gate on Brownlow Road is taken when further monitoring has occurred following the implementation of Haringey’s Bounds Green LTN, enabling a full assessment of network impact.

    • Measures to improve an East / West walking and cycling route through the area are investigated.

    This decision has been made following a trial in the area since September 2020 including a period of statutory consultation and monitoring activities. The decision is subject to call-in as per Council’s scrutiny process. More information on this process can be found here. A letter will be delivered to residents this week to inform them of this decision, a copy of the letter is here.

  • Update 17th December 2021

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    The report on the Bowes Primary Area Quieter Neighbourhood published on the 8th December 2021 has been updated today with an addendum. The update provides the decision maker with additional information about the traffic analysis conducted on data collected in September 2021 during the fuel crisis. The recommendations and conclusions within the report have not changed. The report is still under consideration, with a decision anticipated shortly.

    A link to the revised report is available here.

  • Update 8th December 2021

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    A report on the Bowes Primary Quieter Neighbourhood has been prepared that evaluates the outcomes of the trial and takes into account residents’ feedback. This report, including recommendations, has now been published and a link is available here.


    This report is still under consideration, with a decision anticipated shortly.

  • Update 1st November 2021

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    The Bowes Primary Area Quieter Neighbourhood was implemented as a trial under Experimental Traffic Orders (ETOs) and the project has been under review since implementation.

    Restrictions on travel due to Covid-19 were lifted fully in July 2021 and with schools returning in early September, a further set of traffic data was collected towards the end of that month to help assess the impacts of this trial. The Council is now reviewing this data with the intention of publishing a report (following the interim report published in June 2021) before the end of the year.

    Prior to finalising this report, we would like to offer you a further opportunity to share with us any final comments on the Bowes Primary Area Quieter Neighbourhood trial. All responses will be considered alongside objections and representations previously made during the consultation period (held from 28 September 2020 to 2 May 2021). If you would like to do so, please make your objection or representation in writing stating the grounds on which it is being made and quoting the reference TG52/1454. You can send this via one of the following means:

    • By email to HealthyStreets@enfield.gov.uk, or
    • By writing to ATTN Healthy Streets, Enfield Council, Silver St, Enfield, EN1 3XA.

    This further opportunity to provide comment will close at 11.59pm on Sunday 21st November 2021. Please note that any letter or email you write to the Council in response to the ETO may, upon written request, be made available to the press or to the public.

    Whilst the Council will not be providing individual responses to any further comments, these will be responded to in the published report, along with the rest of feedback that has already been received.

    The monitoring plan for the project, along with a range of additional information, remains available on the dedicated project page: https://letstalk.enfield.gov.uk/bowesQN.


    BOWES PRIMARY AREA QUIETER NEIGHBOURHOOD – WHAT IS IT?

    The Bowes Primary Area Quieter Neighbourhood refers to measures implemented as a trial in Summer 2020. The trial introduced a number of measures including modal filters on Warwick Road, Maidstone Road, York Road and Palmerston Road.

    Haringey Council is currently investigating similar measures in the area and is analysing results of the consultation undertaken in August / September 2021 on proposed trial measures. Further information can be found on Haringey’s website here.

  • Update 20th August 2021

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    The trial of the Bowes Primary and Surrounding Streets Quieter Neighbourhood has been in operation since September 2020. The Bowes Primary Area Quieter Neighbourhood includes modal filters which prevent motor vehicles from passing through these filters but allow for walking and cycling. Exemptions apply to emergency services. Enfield’s trial modal filters are located on Warwick Road, Maidstone Road, York Road and Palmerston Road.

    Haringey has written to residents inviting feedback on their proposals to deliver similar interventions in the area under the Bounds Green LTN project. We recognise that both projects are very closely linked. We have been and continue to work closely with Haringey Council to align our proposals so that they are complementary to each other as a scheme that covers a wider area, rather than separate schemes within each local authority’s boundary. This means that conversations have occurred to discuss how each authority’s plans may impact residents in the other, and vice versa.

    Haringey’s proposals aim to improve air quality, reduce traffic levels and enable safer walking and cycling in the area. Should they be implemented, they will affect how some Enfield residents travel through and experience the area. We encourage you to take part in Haringey’s engagement survey at www.haringey.gov.uk/low-traffic-neighbourhoods. At this link you can also find the consultation leaflet and questionnaire Haringey recently delivered to residents.

    The trial of the Bowes Primary Area Quieter Neighbourhood is ongoing to enable the opportunity to collect further traffic data that is more representative of ‘normal’ conditions. No decision has been made by Enfield Council at this time to remove it, make changes, or make it permanent. With this understanding, Haringey Council has presented their plans which do not include any changes to the Enfield trial.

    The consultation for the Bowes Primary Area Quieter Neighbourhood project was run from 28 September 2020 to 2 May 2021. The engagement report has been published and is now being considered in decisions about the next steps of the trial. There will be a further opportunity to comment on Enfield’s Quieter Neighbourhood in the coming months.

  • Update 8th June 2021

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    An interim report has been prepared for Bowes Primary and Surrounding Streets Quieter Neighbourhood project. The report is being submitted to the Cabinet of Enfield Council and will be discussed at the next Cabinet meeting on 16 June 2021. Ahead of the meeting, the report is published on Enfield Council’s website. You can find a link to the report at the following link:


    The report includes an interim update of monitoring activities before further traffic data collection is planned to be carried out later in the summer prior to the end of the school year. The report also includes an interim report of the analysis of the public consultation. This community feedback, including suggestions for change, will now be considered further as part of the design development work that is ongoing with Haringey Council.

    A full copy of the report will be uploaded to the project page following any decisions at the Cabinet meeting on the 16th June.


    A further decision report will follow for this project, anticipated later in the Autumn/Winter of 2021.

  • Update 14th May 2021

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    The consultation survey closed on 2nd May 2021. Thank you to everyone who shared their views. An independent agency is analysing the responses and preparing a consultation summary report which will be published.

    As we continue to monitor the trial, we have been co-ordinating with Haringey as they progress their Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) programme. The Bounds Green area adjacent to Bowes is one of three areas in their programme.

    Haringey wrote to residents last week with details about:

    • Design workshops being held this week before further consultation on their designs later this summer
    • A disabled people and carers survey
    • Haringey’s next steps in their LTN programme.

    Further details, and the letter sent to residents, is available at the following link: http://www.haringey.gov.uk/low-traffic-neighbourhoods

  • Update 14th April 2021

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    Enfield Council is installing secure cycle parking on several roads within the Bowes Primary Area Quieter Neighbourhood between 15-20 April 2021. Two units will be installed on each of Palmerston Road, Kelvin Avenue and Russell Road, one unit on Melbourne Avenue and one unit on Sidney Avenue. Requests for new cycle parking can be made via the Cycle Parking Request page on Let’s Talk here: https://letstalk.enfield.gov.uk/cycleparking

  • Update 18th March 2021

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    Please find below an update on a number of aspects of the Bowes Primary and Surrounding Streets Quieter Neighbourhood.

    Public Consultation closing Sunday 2 May 2021

    • In addition to the ongoing monitoring activities we are undertaking to understand the impacts of the trial, we continue to review feedback received about the scheme. The consultation survey has been open since the 28th September 2020. An external company is analysing the feedback and will be providing a report summarising the feedback received.
    • The opportunity for comment was originally intended to last for 6 months, however we have extended this period and intend to continue to take comment up until Sunday 2nd May 2021.
    • Whilst we continue to review the data during the feedback period, closing the survey for comments will provide a period of time for our external consultants to prepare the report and for the Council to then review this to inform the next steps for the project. The Council is anticipating the publication of next steps report in the Summer of 2021.

    Public webinar Thursday 18 March 2021

    • An online public webinar will be held Thursday 18th March 2021 from 6.30pm to 8.00pm. Letters, emails and posters have been distributed and social media posts have been made to advertise the webinar.
    • The first part of the webinar will be an opportunity to hear from the project team about the monitoring and evaluation plan, consultation and engagement activities, and the Equalities Impact Assessment. Following this we will host a question and answer session to listen and respond to issues raised by residents.
    • The webinar will be recorded and available to watch after the event.

    Engagement with people with disabilities and carers, and Equalities Impact Assessment

    • A particular focus area for us over the next few months is engaging specifically with members of the community with disabilities, representative groups of people with disabilities, and carers. We have contacted Blue Badge holders directly with a further survey to gather more insights. We also directly contacted those who completed the consultation survey on this page and identified as having a disability, receiving care assistance in their home, or as a carer. The feedback collected will inform our ongoing Equalities Impact Assessment and be considered alongside feedback collected through the main consultation survey and other monitoring activities when making decisions on the future of the scheme.
    • This survey is open until the 31st March 2021. We are looking to arrange focus groups with residents which will provide a further opportunity to discuss feedback on the scheme in greater depth. We are currently working through how these may look given Covid-19 restrictions.

    Project documentation and project page updates

    • We have made several updates to this project page. The main body of this page has been updated, and we have also reorganised the Document Library and FAQs (found on the right hand side of the page) to make things easier to find.
    • Four new documents have been uploaded to the Document Library. These provide information on the rationale of the scheme, communications and engagement activities, our approach to equalities, and how we are monitoring the scheme.
    • The information aims to provide some context around the activities we have been carrying out over the past months since the scheme was implemented. They also set out the information which will be used to inform future decisions about the scheme.
    • We have also renamed all the documents so they are listed in the order in which they were first published to make it easier to read through and find them. All files that were previously uploaded remain on the project page.
    • We have added a number of new FAQs. All FAQs have been placed into subfolders which we hope makes finding a question you might have easier.

    Next Steps

    • Explore with Haringey whether there are opportunities for a wider area approach that crosses Borough boundaries. This work will include consideration of how the proposed Bus Gate for Brownlow Road is incorporated into a wider area plan.
    • Develop a report which will set out the feedback received from residents and other stakeholders and provide an update on the outcomes of further monitoring completed as traffic starts to return to ‘normal’ (as lockdown restrictions are eased).
    • This report will be reviewed by elected members who will use the detail of the report to inform their decision making. This report is expected to be published in Summer 21 and its recommendations will be dependent upon the circumstances at that time, particularly in relation to the Covid-19 crisis.

    Other updates in the Bowes Primary Area

    You may be aware Enfield Council has advertised the intention to install electric vehicle chargers in lamp columns on a number of streets in Enfield as part of a trial. Whilst this project is being managed by another team in the Council, the combination of a range of initiatives will contribute towards achieving the aims of strategies such as the Climate Action Plan and Health & Wellbeing work. Details of this can be found at this link(External link).

  • Update 5th February 2021

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    We have received a large number of responses regarding the implementation of the Bowes Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) and we really value your feedback.

    We are providing this update to advise you that Haringey has now been allocated funding to engage with residents regarding a potential LTN in Bounds Green to complement the LTN in Bowes. Haringey is delivering letters to advise residents of their Bounds Green LTN early engagement to hear views on the issues being faced in the area and changes residents would like to see. Their engagement is open from today, 5th February, to the 7th March 2021, and a link to this can be found at their website page here: https://www.haringey.gov.uk/parking-roads-and-travel/travel/transport-strategy/low-traffic-neighbourhoods-haringey

    Haringey’s engagement is complementary to our ongoing engagement to monitor the implementation of the Bowes LTN, which you can access at the bottom of this page.

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