Will residents and businesses be consulted? If so, how and when can we engage and participate?

    Yes. We have a statutory obligation to consult residents and businesses within the project area on the design of the scheme prior to the implementation of the Permanent Traffic Orders (PTO).

    There will be a phased approach to engagement and consultation, as detailed below:

    • July 2021 to September 2021 - Early engagement on the project aims and objectives: we will share the proposed concept and welcome suggestions for the design of the project.
    • September and October 2021 - Statutory consultation: in line with our statutory requirements, a statutory consultation will open ahead of the implementation of the PTO for at least 21 days. Residents can provide objections or representations to the traffic order via the consultation survey on the project page at https://letstalk.enfield.gov.uk/clean-air, in writing to healthystreets@enfield.gov.uk, or mail to ATTN Healthy Streets team, Enfield Council, Silver St, EN1 3XA.

    When the design is completed and the relevant draft PTO are advertised, a statutory consultation will take place. During that period, anyone will be able to formally object or make any representation relating to the order, stating the grounds on which their objection or representation is made. Responses to individual objections will not be provided, but any issues raised will be addressed in a formal report that will inform the decision-making process. The report will be publicly available and will be uploaded to the project page at https://letstalk.enfield.gov.uk/clean-air.

    More information can be found in the Communication, Engagement and Consultation Plan which can be downloaded from this project page.

    How will the success of the scheme be monitored?

    There will be a range of assessments that will need to be balanced when judging the overall success of the project. Assessments will include:

    • Residents’ views on how the benefits of the project compare against the disbenefits
    • Data on the number of pedestrian and cycle journeys that make use of the active travel route
    • Data on the volume of motor vehicle movements in the area
    • Data on the speed of motor vehicles in the area
    • Impact on the primary roads surrounding the area
    • Air quality considerations
    • Bus journey time considerations through discussion with Transport for London
    • Outcomes of ongoing dialogue with the Emergency Services

    More information will be available in the Monitoring Plan which will be soon published on this project page.

    What are the timelines for this project?

    The timelines for this project, including the anticipated construction dates (subject to approval), can be found at the Key Dates section on the right-hand side of this project page.

    Will the School Street be operating on a permanent or timed basis?

    The proposed School Street on Grove Street will be operating on a permanent basis. Unlike other School Streets in the Borough that operate Monday to Friday in term time, during set times at drop-off (e.g. 8.15-9.15am) and pick-up (e.g. 2.45-3.45pm), the restrictions for this School Street will apply 24 hours a day 7 days a week throughout the year, in order to allow for interventions that will make the public space seem more welcoming and provide opportunities for social interaction and children’s play.

    How will motor vehicles be prevented from travelling through the School Street?

    The gap that will be provided through the School Street to allow through access for cyclists and exempt motor vehicles such as emergency services, will be reduced to the minimum required. The vehicle entrance from the east side of the School Street will be located on the opposite direction of traffic and the path will be weaving in order to provide visual deterrents to any potential non-compliance.

    A closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera will also be used to enforce the ‘Motor vehicles prohibited’ signs which will be placed on each side of the School Street. Any non-exempt motor vehicles travelling through this modal filter will be captured by a CCTV camera and issued with a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) for not obeying the traffic restriction.

    What type of signage will be used at this camera-enforced School Street?

    This camera-enforced School Street will make use of suitable signage as prescribed by the Traffic Signs Regulations and directed by the Traffic Signs Manual. This consists of:

    • ‘Motor vehicles prohibited’ signs

    • ‘Reminder to drivers that traffic enforcement cameras are in use’ signs

    What do the ‘motor vehicles prohibited’ signs indicate?

    As per the Highway Code, signs with red circles are mostly prohibitive. Specifically, the Highway Code mentions that “Red rings or circles tell you what you must not do, e.g. you must not exceed 30 mph, no vehicles over the height shown may proceed”. Therefore, the ‘motor vehicles prohibited’ signs indicate that motorised vehicles (including cars, vans, lorries, motorcycles, and mopeds) are not permitted to drive past them. Emergency services are exempt from this rule and are therefore permitted to drive past the ‘motor vehicles prohibited’ signs.

    Road users have an obligation to know and apply the rules contained in the Highway Code, which includes, among others, the signs that will be used for camera-enforced modal filters. Please refer to the Highway Code at the following link for more details: https://www.highwaycodeuk.co.uk/road-signs-giving-orders.html

    Why are ‘motor vehicles prohibited’ signs used instead of ‘no entry for vehicular traffic’ signs at camera-enforced School Streets? What is the difference?

    • ‘Motor vehicles prohibited’ signs

    • ‘No entry for vehicular traffic’ signs

     

    The purpose of the camera enforcement is to prevent drivers from travelling through the School Streets, whilst allowing emergency vehicle access.

    The ‘motor vehicles prohibited’ signs give effect to a Traffic Regulation Order that prohibits the use of a road by motor vehicles except for the emergency vehicles. On the contrary, the ‘no entry for vehicular traffic’ signs prohibit all vehicles, including emergency vehicles. This is in compliance with the legal requirements of The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016, Schedule 3, Part 3, Paragraph 11.

    'No entry for vehicular traffic’ signs could for example be seen at entry points to one-way streets, where access to all vehicles, including emergency vehicles, would not be permitted. Hence this type of sign would not be appropriate for camera-enforced School Streets.

    Will the active travel route be segregated between pedestrians and cyclists?

    No, the active travel route will be shared between pedestrians and cyclists. To prevent any potential conflicts between pedestrians and cyclists, the route is proposed to be wider than the standard requirements for shared use routes, with even more width provided near the school entrances.

    Will the school staff car park and the church car park remain accessible?

    Yes, both the school staff car park and the church car park will continue to be accessible from the east side of Grove Street.

    Will any of the roads be completely inaccessible?

    No. Vehicle access will be maintained to all roads within the area. Vehicle access will be limited between opposite ends of Grove Street, but none of the roads will be completely closed to motor traffic, enabling access and deliveries to continue. Specifically, the proposed School Street at Grove Street will not allow drivers through access to Fore Street from the west side of Grove Street and the other way around.

    Will motor vehicle be able to access Snells Park from Grove Street?

    Yes, the proposed closure extends from the east side of the junction of Snells Park with Grove Street. This will create a loop between Langhedge Lane, Grove Street, and Snells Park to enable easier motor vehicle movements in and out of the neighbourhood. Motor vehicles heading northbound on Snells Park will only be able to make left turns into Grove Street, and motor vehicles on the west side of Grove Street that are heading eastbound will only be able to make right turns into Snells Park.

    Will emergency services still be able to access the school and all properties within the area?

    Emergency services will continue to be able to access the school and all properties within the area. The emergency services have been engaged in discussion on the proposals for this project. This has led to a design which will allow emergency access through the School Street. Within the traffic orders necessary to support enforcement of such restrictions, emergency vehicles can be exempt, enabling unhindered access to both the school and the whole area.

    The Council will continue to engage and discuss with the emergency services after the implementation of this project.

    Will refuse services still be able to access all properties?

    Yes, refuse vehicles will continue to be able to collect refuse from all 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 that reduce traffic speed and volume.

    How will the exit from the petrol station onto Grove Street be affected?

    The exit from the petrol station onto Grove Street will not be affected. Vehicles will continue to be able to exit the petrol station onto Grove Street.

    How many parking spaces will be removed?

    Approximately 14 on-street parking spaces are proposed to be removed, 6 of which are pay and display spaces. Removal of parking spaces was kept to a minimum where possible but was necessary at places in order to improve traffic flows.

    Will the public realm interventions be implemented at the same time as the School Street and the active travel route?

    Yes, subject to approval for the implementation of this project, all the interventions are expected to be implemented at the same time. The exact sequence of construction works will be scheduled nearer the construction period.