What is an Experimental Traffic Order?

    Experimental Traffic Orders (ETOs) enable the Council to implement the scheme on a trial basis. The scheme can be in place for a short period and removed or changed. There is no minimum length of time after the initial implementation after which the scheme can be removed or changed. However, the Council would like to ensure an appropriate amount of time to assess viability of the scheme before any decisions are made. 

    A consultation must take place during the trial period and before a decision is made on whether to remove the trial of make the scheme permanent. 

    A report will be written to summarise the feedback. Monitoring will also inform any decision made by the Council. 

    The Council, including ward councillors are committed to undertaking a meaningful consultation that will inform our decision making for the Fox Lane scheme. 

    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 engaged and been in communication with emergency services and TfL before starting the trial.


    Can the trial measures be adjusted and adapted?

    Yes. This is the benefit of taking a trial approach. We're using planters and bollards for the modal filters that can be re-located as necessary. Balancing the desires of all residents is a significant challenge and it is recognised that these kind of schemes will mean that some residents will have to take alternative routes for some journeys. 

    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. 

    How will refuse trucks and other large vehicles such as delivery vans access the area?

    Delivers / visitors to the area will use the same access points as residents. Refuse vehicles, as well as emergency vehicles, will have dispensation to be able to pass through camera enforced closures

    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 to in/out of the same end of the road, but none of the roads will be completely closed to motor traffic, enabling access and deliveries to continue. 

    What is a modal filter?

    A modal filter is road closure for motor vehicles, but which continues to enable people to walk and cycle through the closure point. We are using bolt-down planters to reduce the width of the road and putting in a removal bollard into the centre of the remaining gap.

    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 trial. Assessments will include:

    • Residents views on how the benefits of the scheme compare against the disbenefits
    • Data on the volume of motor vehicle movements in the area
    • Data on the speed of motor vehicles in the area
    • Impacts 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


    Reporting on the trial will also consider whether the scheme supports the delivery of the Enfield Council Plan.

    We have already collected traffic data in the area, counting vehicle movements at a range of locations throughout the area, including on surrounding roads. We will repeat this process once the measures have been implemented and can start to compare the data to determine the level of success and impact.

    We will also carry out air quality modelling using traffic data collected.

    What will happen to the volume of traffic?

    We anticipate the volume of traffic within the area to reduce as it will only be local traffic accessing or visiting the area. We will need to monitor the impact on surrounding roads. However, observations from similar schemes in other areas of London has shown that not all traffic reassigns onto local strategic roads with people changing their travel behaviour by:

    • Using alternative travel modes, such as walking or cycling for shorter trips;

    • Carrying out their journeys at quieter (off-peak) times of the day;

    • Choosing to combine trips, such as a trip to the shops on the way to, or from work;

    • For longer journeys, reassigning onto the wider strategic network, away from the local area;

    • Car sharing;

    • Choosing not to make the trip at all; or

    • Altering the allocation of tasks within a household to enable more efficient trip-making.

    How is this project funded?

    This project is funded from Transport for London as part of the Streetspace programme.

    How will air quality be monitored?

    Traffic data collected for the Fox Lane Quieter Neighbourhood will be used to inform air quality monitoring. This is achieved by inputting the traffic volume data into a model to help understand the impact on air quality, which can be compared to the situation prior to the scheme using historical data collected. This will be done for both data collected prior to the implementation of the trial, and data collected during the trial. Details on the roads where this analysis will take place is contained within the slides outlined here.

    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 modal filters? What is the difference?

    • ‘Motor vehicles prohibited’ signs

    • ‘No entry for vehicular traffic’ signs


    The purpose of the camera-enforced modal filters is to prevent drivers from travelling through them, 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 modal filters.