A Community Network for Bowes Park and Bounds Green
Following your Bowes ward councillors’ repeated representations to the Deputy Mayor for Transport (Isabel Derdring) and other Transport for London representatives, we have just received TfL officer Nigel Hardy to negotiate solutions to the unacceptable traffic congestion faced by residents of Warwick Road.
TfL is unwilling to reintroduce the right turn from the North Circular Road into Brownlow Road, which is currently banned for all vehicles apart from buses. TfL point out that banning the turn is the only way that they have been able to provide safe pedestrian crossings across all arms of the junction without causing long queues and delays.
On the other hand, TfL is willing in principle to consider, on an experimental basis, the option that the community chose as the “least bad” solution at the large consultation which your councillors organised last autumn – namely banning the right turn onto the North Circular Road by cars travelling northwards on Warwick Road. Please remember that this measure (combined with a banned left turn onto Brownlow Road by cars travelling eastwards on York Road) is meant to dissuade so-called “rat-runners” from using your residential streets as a shortcut onto the North Circular Road – with studies commissioned by your Council having discovered that this category of traffic accounts for 50% of all volumes in the area.
By end of March Enfield Council will have submitted to TfL an impact assessment indicating the effects of these changes on other roads in the area. However, before agreeing to the scheme, TfL will need to review the information we provide and satisfy themselves that it won’t have a serious impact on either the North Circular Road or local bus services.
Please note that one more obstacle remains to the implementation of this trial, namely Haringey Council’s concerns about the effects of the changes for traffic on the streets it manages – particularly Maidstone Road. As always, we will continue to keep residents informed as things evolve.
Please feel free to contact your councillors or by attending the surgeries we run every Saturday 10.30am at Trinity at Bowes Church on Palmerston Road.
Bowes ward councillors