What is Let’s Talk Enfield Town?

    Enfield Council is in the process of developing exciting plans for the future of Enfield Town. We want to create a vibrant major town centre, whilst respecting the town’s unique character The vision for the future of Enfield Town is being developed in collaboration with the local community. 

    Let’s Talk Enfield Town is an opportunity for the community to share ideas and help shape the future vision for Enfield Town. Let's Talk Enfield Town will involve of a series of surveys, pop-up events, and community workshops. We are also working closely with key stakeholders in Enfield Town to ensure the voices of people with disabilities, business owners and residents groups are represented in the consultation.

    What are you proposing for Enfield Town?

    The detailed proposed plan can be viewed in the document library. Some of the key features of the proposed plan are:

    • Increasing the number of formal signalised pedestrian crossings throughout the town centre
    • Increasing the width of footways where possible to prioritise space for pedestrians
    • Introducing a formal 20 mph speed limit on all roads in the town centre 
    • Placing a particular focus on improving the pedestrian connection between the Market Square and Pearsons shop front / shopping centre entrance
    • Improving the pedestrian arrival at Enfield Town Station
    • Improving bus stop accessibility and consolidation of bus stops to improve interchange between routes
    • Introducing a series of facilities to enable safer cycling through the town centre and creating connections with other cycle routes 
    • Creating a better connection between the Library Green and Enfield Town Park
    • Creating a new public square at the junction of Little Park Gardens and Church (outside Nationwide)
    • Providing 15 formal blue badge disabled bays throughout the town centre
    • Collaborating with the Old Enfield Charitable Trust and Vicar of St Andrews to enhance the Market Square as the heart of the town centre
    • Creating an improved public space on ‘Fountain Island’

    View the information boards and technical summary in the documents library for further details about what is being proposed. 

    Have you considered any other design options for Enfield Town?

    We did consider other options. 

    The alternative option we considered in detail was making Cecil Road two-way for motor traffic and making Church Street two-way for buses only. There are a range of benefits to reducing motor traffic on Church Street, however these designs generated a number of challenges. 

    Whilst the 100 buses each hour could travel more freely on Church Street, traffic modelling indicated that overall journey times would be longer as the road layouts at the junctions at each end of the town have to accommodate additional movements to allow two-way working on Cecil Road and Church Street. 

    In addition, there is insufficient width on Church Street to have two-way buses and dedicated cycling facilities (and with two way motor traffic on Cecil Road, no space here for cycling) meaning that people cycling would need to use the bus lanes. This design option would also not allow the same amount of footway widening as the current plan. 

    Through discussions with Transport for London, Enfield Council are proposing the plan we have shared, which we believe maximises improvements for pedestrians, adds cycling facilities and does not introduce significant delays to buses. The proposed plan also enables significant opportunity for public realm improvements and removing the current feeling of dominance by motor vehicles. 

    How will the proposed plan affect journey times through Enfield Town?

    We have modelled the changes and found that journey times, in the majority of cases for people travelling by private vehicle, will be impacted by approximately one to two minutes as a result of the changes that we are proposing. On average buses will experience a similar impact but in some cases, the journey times for buses will be reduced. The maximum impact found in our modelling is three minutes. A table outlining these results can be found by consulting the technical summary in the documents library. 

    The journey time results assume a 10-15% reduction in motor traffic compared to 2019 traffic levels during the peak hours.

    It is anticipated that this traffic reduction will be generated as a result on the following, that has been seen on similar schemes of this nature across London:

    • People will choose to travel at different times of the day
    • People will link their trips rather than going to the shops and back, or work and back they will combine trips reducing the overall number of vehicles on the road
    • People will choose to travel by different mode – bus, walk, cycle
    • People on longer trips will choose other strategic routes such as the A10 or the A406.
    • In the short term, some reassignment is expected onto local roads but this will be monitored and mitigation put in place to minimise the impact, or prevent additional traffic on residential roads.

    How will emergency services be impacted by the proposed plan?

    Emergency services will be able to travel through Enfield Town as they do currently, and we do not anticipate any significant impact to their journey times by the proposed plan. Access to Little Park Gardens will be maintained from the west, access to St Andrew’s Road will be maintained from the north and access to the New River Loop Car Park will be maintained off   Southbury Road.

    What is happening with the Market Square?

    The Council is working directly with the Old Enfield Charitable Trust, the site owners, to explore plans for the future of the Market Square. This will focus on what the Market Square may look like on non-market days and will be designed to align closely with the Enfield Town Design Principles. Whatever is proposed, the Market Square will continue to host the market in Enfield Town which is an essential part of our heritage. 

    Due to the Market Square being privately owned and run, the changes proposed for this space are not open for feedback during this period of community engagement.  Both the Council and the Old Enfield Charitable Trust are excited about the potential for this space and continue to collaborate as part of an on-going design process.  

    What public spaces are you proposing to change?

    We are inviting you to design with us four public spaces in Enfield Town: 

    • The Library Green and Town Park entrance 
    • Fountain Island 
    • Enfield Town Station Plaza 
    • Saddlers Mill Square (area at the eastern junction of Church Street and Little Park Gardens) 

    You can share your design ideas for these spaces via this map. If you’re a young person in Enfield you can also submit your design to the Youth Design Competition for one or more of these spaces here. 

    Additionally, we are conducting workshops on the above public spaces (the workshops are now full). Design ideas from these workshops, the map, and the Youth Design Competition will all feed into the design development process for these spaces. 

    How are you ensuring Enfield Town is accessible for people with disabilities and limited mobility?

    However you arrive to Enfield Town, once you’re there everyone becomes a pedestrian. For you this may mean moving through the town by foot, or with the assistance of a wheelchair, walking stick, mobility device, with a pram or young children, individually or in groups. Improving the Town Centre for pedestrians has been our key priority when developing the proposed plan for Enfield Town. Some of the ways we have looked to improve accessibility in Enfield Town are by:

    • increasing the number of disabled bays in Enfield Town from one to 15 
    • widening footways to enable people to safely pass by each other
    • improving accessibility at bus stops, allowing passengers to board and alight safely and conveniently.
    • We are also exploring opportunities to provide additional seating and places to rest throughout the town centre.

    How will parking be affected?

    In order to prioritise pedestrians and people with disabilities, we these plans propose the removal of much of the current on-street parking provision in the Town Centre. It is proposed that 29 on-street parking bays are removed. This has enabled us to widen footways and introduce 14 additional (to a total of 15) dedicated disabled parking bays across Enfield Town on London Road, Church Street, Sarnesfield Road and Little Park Gardens. There are an additional 78 disabled bays in dedicated car parks.

    Whilst we recognise that on-street car parking is considered convenient for some people, we believe that the town centre can become a much safer and more attractive place by removing this. Significant capacity is available in car parks around the town centre. The removal of the 29 on-street parking bays equates to a 2.5% reduction in the overall car parking capacity. Increasing footways and dedicating any on-street provision to blue badge holders is considered to be the best use of this public space.

    When will these changes be implemented?

    There is much work still to be completed in order to bring the final plans to life. Your continued engagement is important so that we’re able to develop plans that work for everyone. The outline timetable at this time is:

    • Revising proposed plans: Spring/Summer 2021
    • Statutory consultation on proposed plans: Winter 2022
    • Implementation of changes: Summer 2022 

    There will be ongoing discussions with stakeholders about the implementation of these proposals as well. 

    How can I provide my feedback on these proposals?

    The opportunity to provide your feedback and ideas has closed on Sunday 15th November 2020. We will soon publish the summary report.