Council vows to minimise upheaval as work starts on £42m Enfield Cycle Scheme

By Russ Lawrence in Local People

Construction is set to begin on the council’s controversial £42 million Enfield Cycle Scheme.

Residents have been warned to expect some upheaval in the months ahead as work to install new segregated cycle routes and pedestrianised walkways in the borough’s high streets and town centres is carried out.

The A105 from Green Lanes in Palmers Green to Park Avenue and London Road, Enfield Town, is the first stretch of highway to undergo construction work.

Enfield is one of three outer London boroughs to have received millions of pounds in funding from Transport for London to encourage more people to cycle as well as improve streets and public spaces for everyone.

The scheme ran into opposition from some businesses and residents with an application for a judicial review recently thrown out by a High Court Judge.

But following an 18 month public consultation in which significant modifications have been made, the work to redesign Enfield Town Centre and create segregated cycle routes linking key destinations is shortly to begin.

Cycle storage hubs are also planned at Enfield Town and Edmonton Green stations and new greenway routes will be introduced.

“This once in a lifetime opportunity will improve the look and feel of our environment creating better streets for Enfield and more desirable destinations for shoppers and visitors. Everyone, young and old alike, will benefit,” said Cllr Daniel Anderson, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment.

“Our proposals are the culmination of an extensive engagement process with residents and businesses and it’s an incredibly exciting time for Enfield.

“Though there will be an inevitable degree of disruption while the works proceed, which we are doing our utmost to minimise, ultimately the benefits will hugely outweigh the temporary inconvenience.

“However, as our population continues to grow, future generations will thank us for these visionary proposals,” he added.

For more information on the major projects, cycle loans, cycling skills, bicycle maintenance courses and more, visit www.cycleenfield.co.uk

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