Fox Lane Area Quieter Neighbourhood

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The Fox Lane Area Quieter Neighbourhood project is part of a Borough wide programme, which aims to:

  • reduce the volume of motor traffic in residential neighbourhoods
  • reduce the speeds that people drive at on our residential streets
  • reduce the ability for people driving to 'rat run' through residential streets
  • improve the liveability, amenity and safety of our neighbourhoods
  • enable residents to walk and cycle safely from their front door, to connect with public transport or major walking and cycling routes
  • increase the health and wellbeing of residents and strengthen community cohesion

Quieter Neighbourhoods and the wider Healthy Streets programme is

The Fox Lane Area Quieter Neighbourhood project is part of a Borough wide programme, which aims to:

  • reduce the volume of motor traffic in residential neighbourhoods
  • reduce the speeds that people drive at on our residential streets
  • reduce the ability for people driving to 'rat run' through residential streets
  • improve the liveability, amenity and safety of our neighbourhoods
  • enable residents to walk and cycle safely from their front door, to connect with public transport or major walking and cycling routes
  • increase the health and wellbeing of residents and strengthen community cohesion

Quieter Neighbourhoods and the wider Healthy Streets programme is intended to achieve Council aims to see more people walking, cycling or using public transport for short trips in the borough. Long-term benefits will include better public health, reduced pressures on the NHS, less motor vehicle pollution and improved air quality, which will also help deal with the declared climate emergency.

On this project page you can find:

  • Key project dates
  • A video providing an overview of the project
  • A document library with key documents
  • A list of frequently asked questions

Project updates will be provided in the news feed.

  • Decision published about amendments to the Fox Lane Area Quieter Neighbourhood

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    A decision on making amendments to the Fox Lane 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 necessary traffic management orders (TMOs) to:
      • Convert three existing modal filters with a bollard to camera enforced modal filters by introducing a ‘no motor vehicles’ restriction at Selborne Road, Oakfield Road and The Mall
      • Introduce exemptions for Blue Badge holders living within the QN area and Dial-a-Ride vehicles to the existing camera enforced modal filters on Fox Lane, Meadway and Conway Road. The exemptions shall also apply to the three locations being converted to camera enforced modal filters listed above (Selborne Road, Oakfield Road and The Mall).
    • Carry out monitoring on selected roads outside of the Fox Lane 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 restriction on the Meadway following an engagement survey conducted earlier this year about potential changes to the restriction on the Meadway. 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 Fox Lane Area Quieter Neighbourhood

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    Recommendations for amendments to the Fox Lane 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 orders (TMOs) to:
    • Convert three existing modal filters with a bollard to camera enforced modal filters by introducing a ‘no motor vehicles’ restriction at Selborne Road, Oakfield Road and The Mall
    • Introduce exemptions for Blue Badge holders living within the QN area and Dial-a-Ride vehicles to the existing camera enforced modal filters on Fox Lane, Meadway and Conway Road. The exemptions shall also apply to the three locations being converted to camera enforced modal filters listed above (Selborne Road, Oakfield Road and The Mall).
    • Carries out monitoring on selected roads outside of the Fox Lane 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 the Meadway. Residents were invited to share their views on whether the scheme would work better for them if the current restriction on Meadway was removed entirely, operated on a timed basis, or retained as is. After having considered a number of factors, the Council has made the recommendation not to make further changes to the restriction on the Meadway. 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.


  • Changes to waiting and loading restrictions near Southgate Circus, and parking on Fox Lane (between the railway bridge and Pellipar Close)

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    Enfield Council is proposing changes to waiting and loading restrictions around Southgate Circus and to parking restrictions on Fox Lane between the railway bridge and Pellipar Close following a review of traffic data and feedback received from residents.

    Southgate Circus

    Changes to waiting and loading around Southgate Circus and its approaches and exits are proposed to ensure these areas are kept clear for the movement of all traffic, including emergency services, buses and other large vehicles. This includes the introduction of new “at any time” waiting and loading restrictions on some sections of Southgate Circus N14, Chase Side N14, High Street N14, The Bourne N14 and Winchmore Hill Road N14.

    Fox Lane (between the railway bridge and Pellipar Close)

    Changes to parking on Fox Lane between the railway bridge and Pellipar Close are proposed. This includes removing sections of yellow lines to introduce approximately 10 unrestricted parking spaces on Fox Lane.


    More information


    More information, including plans of the proposed changes and the draft traffic order, can be viewed under the ‘Important Links’ section on the right-hand side of this page.

    Have your say

    Please view the proposed changes here.

    We invite residents, businesses, and any other interested stakeholders to take part in the statutory consultation on these proposed changes. Please make your representation or objection in writing stating the grounds on which it is being made and quoting the reference TG52/1504 no later than 11.59pm on Sunday 11 September 2022. You can submit your objections or representations in any of the following ways:


  • Meadway survey closes this Sunday, and Southgate Circus update

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    The opportunity to provide feedback about potential options for the camera enforced modal filter on Meadway 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.

    We have recently implemented some minor improvements at Southgate Circus. The keep clear markings aim to help traffic flow at this busy junction and we thank drivers for adjusting to the new markings. We are now planning to remove the small traffic island located on High Street at the entrance of Crown Lane. This will provide more space for people turning in to Crown Lane to move out of the path of vehicles continuing down High Street away from Southgate Circus.

  • Permits for Blue Badge Holders & increased use of ANPR (cameras)

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    As a result of the consultation and Equalities Impact Assessment during the trial period of the Fox Lane 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 camera enforcement rather than physical measures.

    The Council is therefore proposing to:

    • To convert a number of the bollard-controlled closures to no motor vehicle restrictions enforced by camera.

    • 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 “FOX Permit Zone” will be eligible to apply to the Council for a permit under a category of the ‘FOX’ 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 FOX Permit Zone is defined by the area in the file named "Fox Lane Area QN - Proposed FOX Permit Zone". You can view the FOX Permit Zone on the right-hand side of the page under the Document Library.

    In addition to FOX 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 will continue to apply.

    These proposals would be likely to result in a small increase in vehicles on the roads within the Fox Lane Area Quieter Neighbourhood. There are approximately 200 Blue Badge Holders within the Fox Permit Zone. Whilst one of the objectives of the Fox Lane 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 FOX 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.

    You can view the proposed Order here. If you wish to object to the proposed Order or make other representations, you can:

    Your response must be completed by 11.59pm on Wednesday 13th April 2022.

  • Further opportunity for feedback: A review of Meadway

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

    The Council would like to hear further views on whether the scheme would work better for residents if the current restriction on Meadway was removed entirely, or operated on a timed basis. No decision has been made on this idea, but it is something we would like to explore further, gaining greater clarity on your preferences. If this idea is taken forward, further consultation will take place. Alongside your views, further work will be undertaken to consider the traffic impacts of this proposal.

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

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

    • Select the link to the survey labelled ‘Survey – Meadway

    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 Fox Lane 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 2 March 2022 – Fox Lane QN will be made permanent

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    Enfield Council has confirmed the Fox Lane 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.

    We are looking at:

    • Introducing exemptions for Blue Badge holders who live within the area

    • Replacing the bollards on Oakfield Road, The Mall and Selborne Road with a camera which emergency services can easily pass through

    • Running a survey on opening Meadway, perhaps on a timed bases, to investigate how this might impact traffic flow at peak times

    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 3 March 2022.

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

  • Update 8 February 2022

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    A decision on the Fox Lane Area 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 Fox Lane Area QN will stay in place.

    The 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.
    • The Council makes some small scale and short-term adjustments to the Southgate Circus roundabout to assist traffic flow.
    • The Council explores funding opportunities to conduct a more detailed design review of the options for Southgate Circus, accepting that this would require significant investment / partnership with TfL and therefore could not be delivered in the short to medium term.
    • Resident views are gathered on a future proposal to alter the current modal filter on the Meadway. Considerations may include the removal of this restriction entirely, or to operate it on a timed basis.
    • The filters on The Mall, Selborne Road and Oakfield Road are investigated with a view to consider whether to convert them from a bollard to a camera controlled filter, increasing permeability for the emergency services and for any future exemptions.
    • A further review is undertaken of traffic speed and volume on some roads outside of the scheme area to consider any additional mitigating actions.
    • A post-project monitoring plan is developed to continue to carry out some high-level monitoring in this area of the Borough.
    • Potential measures to mitigate some increases in bus journey times are reviewed.

    The decision has been made following a trial in the area, including a period of statutory consultation and monitoring activities. The decision is subject to call-in as per the Council’s scrutiny process. More information on this process can be found here.

  • Update 26 January 2022 - Advanced publication of report

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    A report on the Fox Lane Area 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 under consideration, with a decision anticipated shortly.

  • Update 16 December 2021

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    The opportunity to provide feedback on the Fox Lane Area Quieter Neighbourhood continues until 11.59pm on Tuesday 11 January 2022.

    After this date, Officers will finalise a report for this project which will evaluate the outcomes of the trial and take into account residents’ feedback.

    The normal process of governance will apply, meaning that:

    • The report and its recommendations will be published on the Council website ahead of any decision been made – this is expected by the end of January 2022
    • After the report has been published, a minimum of 5 working days will follow before the Leader of the Council will make a decision on this project
    • This decision will be published online and the project page will be updated – this is expected in early February
    • This decision will be open to scrutiny through the established ‘call in’ process
    • The outcome of any ‘call in’ process will determine whether the decision can be implemented or whether any further action is required
    • A final decision is expected by the 7th March 2022, the date that the Experimental Traffic Order expires.

    More information on the Council Overview & Scrutiny process and explanations of ‘call in’ can be found here.

    The community can continue to provide their views on this trial as part of the ongoing consultation process. If you would like to do so, objections and representations to the ETO can continue to be made. All responses will be considered alongside objections and representations previously made. Please make your objection or representation in writing stating the grounds on which it is being made and quoting the reference TG52/1451. You can send this via one of the following means:

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

    Objections received via email to HealthyStreets@enfield.gov.uk will also continue to be considered. Objections must be received by 11.59pm on Tuesday 11 January 2022. 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 for review in the document library on this page.

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