M25 junction upgrade recipe for further traffic chaos on Enfield's roads, says council

By Russ Lawrence in Local People

Plans to improve junction 25 of the M25 to ease motorway misery are “unacceptable” say Enfield Council because of traffic chaos it would cause on surrounding roads.

It has made it clear in its response to Highways England’s consultation that the scheme to improve the junction should not go-ahead unless its part of a co-ordinated strategy to relieve additional traffic on the borough’s already overcrowded roads.

It says its own traffic modelling demonstrates that surrounding roads, including Bullsmoor Lane and the A10 Great Cambridge Road, would not be able to cope with the extra traffic generated.

Roads surrounding the approaches to the M25 are already heavily congested, it says, and it has been working with Highways England and other organisations through its Northern Gateway Access Project, with the key aim of a direct access road from Mollison Avenue to the M25.

Although “generally supportive” of the need for significant improvements at junction 25, it said the improvements to junction 25 should not be considered in isolation as evidence suggested it would aggravate queues and delays, particularly on Bullmoor Lane and the A10.

“We’re keen to continue to work with Highways England to determine a comprehensive and coordinated approach to network improvements in the region through the NGAP project,”said Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Business, Cllr Alan Sitkin.

“Given the substantial increase of traffic expected both in Enfield and many of its neighbours over the coming years, we must work together towards developing a more robust strategy to ensure that the isolated benefits of the proposed M25 J25 improvements are mutually compatible with the wider economic aspiration for the region,” he added.

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