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.

Modal filters 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.

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.

Modal filters 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.

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.

  • Decision published about amendments to the Bowes Primary Area Quieter Neighbourhood

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    A decision on making amendments to the Bowes Primary Area Quieter Neighbourhood (QN) has been published and can be found here. The decision has been made by the Leader of Enfield Council following the publication of a report addressing two existing permanent Quieter Neighbourhoods. The decision has been made to:

    • Make the necessary Traffic Management Order (TMO) to convert the existing modal filter with a bollard to a camera enforced modal filter by introducing a ‘no motor vehicles’ restriction at Maidstone Road

    • Carry out monitoring on selected roads outside of the Bowes QN area

    • Continue with small scale and minor improvements, which were identified during the trial period in response to feedback received and monitoring data, such as new advanced warning signage.

    The decision also confirms the Council’s recommendation not to make further changes to the layout of the Quieter Neighbourhood following an engagement survey conducted earlier this year about access to the area. Please refer to the published report for details about the recommendation.

    The decision is subject to call-in as per Council’s scrutiny process. More information on this process can be found here.

  • Amendments to the Bowes Primary Area Quieter Neighbourhood

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    Recommendations for amendments to the Bowes Primary Area Quieter Neighbourhood have been published in a report that can be found here. The recommendations are included in a report that addresses two existing permanent Quieter Neighbourhoods. The recommendations are that the Council:

    • Makes necessary Traffic Management Order (TMO) to convert the existing modal filter with a bollard to a camera enforced modal filter by introducing a ‘no motor vehicles’ restriction at Maidstone Road

    • Carries out monitoring on selected roads outside of the Bowes QN area

    • Continues with small scale and minor improvements, which were identified during the trial period in response to feedback received and monitoring data, such as new advanced warning signage.

    The report also presents the findings from the engagement survey we conducted earlier this year about access to the area. Residents were invited to share their views on whether they had a preference on accessing the area from the south, or from the north as per current arrangements. After having considered a number of factors, the Council has made the recommendation not to make further changes to the layout of the Quieter Neighbourhood. Please refer to the published report for details about the recommendation.

    This report, and each of the recommendations, is under consideration by the Leader of the Council with a decision anticipated shortly.

  • London Borough of Haringey's Bounds Green LTN launches Monday 15th August

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    On 15 August 2022, the London Borough of Haringey is introducing a trial Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) in Bounds Green.

    The Bounds Green LTN is located immediately adjacent to the Bowes Primary Area Quieter Neighbourhood, separated by the borough boundary between Enfield and Haringey.

    Ten new traffic filters are being installed in the Bounds Green LTN area within Haringey to stop motor traffic using the neighbourhood as a through route. Some of these filters will be camera enforced which enables emergency and waste vehicles to pass through, and others will use a physical restriction, such as a bollard or planter.

    All homes and businesses remain accessible by motor vehicles at all times. The maps on Haringey's website show the locations of the filters and how you will be able to drive to a home or business in the area by car. This may vary from your usual route.

    You can view maps and further details about the LTN, including what exemptions are available, at their website here.

    The Bounds Green LTN in Haringey will be introduced as a trial under an experimental traffic order (this can be in place for a maximum of 18 months) to see how it works in practice before Haringey takes a decision on whether to amend, remove or make the trial scheme permanent.

    Get in touch with Haringey

    If you want to get in touch with Haringey please call their dedicated LTN line on 020 8489 4787 or send an email to BoundsGreenLTN@haringey.gov.uk. More information is available on their website here.


  • Exemptions from camera enforced filters for Blue Badge holders living in the area

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    We are introducing a virtual permit system (“BOW Permit”) to the Bowes Primary Area Quieter Neighbourhood (Bowes QN).

    Blue Badge holders residing within the “BOW Permit Zone” as shown here. BOW virtual permit holders can nominate one vehicle to pass through the camera enforced modal filter within the Bowes Primary Area Quieter Neighbourhood without receiving a Penalty Charge Notice. As a Blue Badge is personal, eligible Blue Badge holders must nominate the vehicle to which the exemption applies.

    The virtual permit must be applied for as it is not able to be applied automatically to a Blue Badge holder. One vehicle per Blue Badge holder may be nominated. There is no charge for a permit.

    Enfield Blue Badge holders residing within the BOW Permit Zone will be able to apply for a BOW virtual permit from Thursday 23rd June 2022. If your application is approved, you will be able to use this permit from Monday 27 June 2022.

    We are working with Haringey Council so that residents within Haringey inside the BOW Permit Zone can apply for a BOW permit.

    New signage will be installed on site to reflect the exemptions for BOW virtual permit holders.

    There is no change to access for emergency service vehicles, which continue to be exempt from camera enforced filters.

    Please refer to the FAQs on this page for more details about the BOW virtual permit.



  • Survey about access to and from the area closes this Sunday

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    The opportunity to provide feedback about the access to and from the area ends this Sunday. The survey will be open until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday 22nd May 2022. Please refer to our earlier project update about how to provide your feedback.

  • Further opportunity for feedback: Survey on access to and from the area

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    In response to feedback received during the trial period, the Council has committed to looking at a number of improvements to the scheme.

    Many roads in the Quieter Neighbourhood area are currently accessed from the north via the A406 North Circular Road. During the trial period of the project, some of you told us that you would prefer access from the south (Bounds Green Road). This is a topic that we would like to explore further to see if this can improve the scheme for residents.

    Please complete a short survey to let us know what you think:

    • Scroll to the bottom of this page to the ‘Surveys & Forms’ tab, and

    • Select the link to the survey labelled ‘Survey – Access to and from the area’.

    If you require a paper copy of the survey, please email healthystreets@enfield.gov.uk, or call 020 8132 0981 and leave your name and postal address, and state your request for a Bowes QN paper survey. Alternatively, you can write to us at ATTN Healthy Streets team, Enfield Council, Silver Street, London EN1 3XA.

    This survey will remain open until 11.59pm on Sunday 22nd May 2022.

  • Update 23 February 2022 - Permits & Maidstone Road ANPR

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    As a result of the consultation and Equalities Impact Assessment during the trial period of the Bowes Primary Area Quieter Neighbourhood, the decision report for this project recommended consideration of measures to improve access for residents with disabilities and for those with caring responsibilities through potential exemptions. In addition to this, the decision report recommended consideration of increased permeability for the emergency services by expanding the use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras to the modal filter on Maidstone Road.

    Upon further consideration, the Council is proposing to:

    • Convert the Maidstone Road filter to a camera enforced modal filter by introducing a ‘no motor vehicles’ restriction at the location of the current filter

    • Exempt Dial-a-Ride vehicles from the camera enforced filters

    • Introduce a permit system to exempt permitted vehicles from the camera enforced filters.

    Blue Badge Holders residing within the “BOW Permit Zone” will be eligible to apply to the Council for a permit under a category of the ‘BOW’ permit. This permit could either apply to their own vehicle or they could nominate someone else's vehicle where a user of that vehicle has a role in the care of a Blue Badge Holder within the Quieter Neighbourhood area. This caring role could include transportation of the Blue Badge Holder and/or regular visits to the Blue Badge Holder’s home address.

    The BOW Permit Zone is defined by the area in the file named "Plan showing BOW Permit Zone". You can view this on the right hand side of the page under the Document Library.


    In addition to BOW permit holders, Dial-a-Ride vehicles will be exempt from the ‘no motor vehicle’ restrictions at the camera enforced filters. Dial-a-Ride vehicles were identified during the equalities assessment carried out during the trial period as a means of transport that some people rely upon or prefer, for example disabled people and people aged 65 and over.

    Current exemptions for emergency service vehicles and Council waste collection vehicles as defined in TG52/1454 continue to apply.

    These proposals would be likely to result in a small increase in vehicles on the roads within the Bowes Primary Area Quieter Neighbourhood, in particular on Warwick Road and Maidstone Road. There are approximately 250 Blue Badge Holders within the BOW Permit Zone within Enfield. Haringey Blue Badge Holders within the BOW Permit Zone would also be able to apply for a BOW permit. Whilst one of the objectives of the Bowes Primary Area Quieter Neighbourhood project is to reduce motor vehicle movement in the area, the potentially small increase in motor traffic as a result of these permits is considered a reasonable response to the issues identified in the Council’s Equality Impact Assessment.

    The Council will conduct future engagement with residents and disability groups on the potential for the development of this initial approach to permits. This could include the creation of additional categories to the BOW permit such as other carers, and the use of exceptional exemptions in particular circumstances. The intention is to conduct this further work in partnership with other North London local authorities, enabling consideration of how exemptions may work across borough boundaries, where this is relevant.

    If you wish to object to the proposed Order or make other representations, you can:

    • Write to: ATTN Healthy Streets team, Enfield Council, Silver Street, London EN1 3XA

    Your response must be completed by 11.59pm on Wednesday 16th March 2022. Under the Local Government Act 1985, your consultation response will be available for inspection upon written request. Personal details will remain confidential.


  • Update 27th January 2022

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    Enfield Council has confirmed the Bowes Primary Area Quieter Neighbourhood will be made permanent. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to feedback on the scheme. In response to feedback raised, we are committed to exploring the best ways to make further improvements. A leaflet is being delivered to the area which describes some of these. The leaflet can be found in the Document Library on this page.

    We are looking at:

    • A further review of whether the scheme would work better for residents if access was switched from the North Circular (A406) to Bounds Green Road
    • Introducing exemptions for Blue Badge holders who live within the area
    • Introducing a School Street outside Bowes Primary School
    • Replacing the bollard on Maidstone Road with a camera which emergency services can easily pass through
    • Ways to improve walking and cycling facilities within the area

    Please note that these will not be in place immediately. We will be providing further updates on each of these over the coming weeks. We also appreciate how important it is that people with disabilities get the support they are entitled to. Please see information at this link if you feel you might be eligible for a Blue Badge.

    A link to the report which informed the decision to make the scheme permanent can be found here.

    The traffic orders which give effect to the scheme becoming permanent can be viewed here. The traffic orders come into force 27 January 2022.

    You can also find links to the report and traffic orders on the right hand side of the page under ‘Important Links’.


  • 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.

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