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The Cycle Enfield West Partnership Board held its second meeting on 14th May. Alex Stebbings from Jacobs, the consultancy employed by the Council, briefed community representatives on the steps taken so far and the next steps.  There was also an opportunity for members of the partnership board to ask questions and comment on the scheme.

Following analysis of various surveys (see below), "feasability designs" have been sent to Transport for London (TfL) for its initial comments.  These designs will be presented to the next meeting of the Partnership Board, due in June.

The surveys were as follows:

  • Town Centre Surveys (Winchmore Hill and Palmers Green)
    • To understand why people use the town centres and how they travelled there
  • Traffic Surveys - to determine peak hour flows
    • To understand traffic volumes and congestion in the area
  • Parking & Loading Surveys
    • To understand existing demand in the area
  • Topographical Surveys
    • To get accurate dimensions of existing carriageway
  • C2 Surveys
    • To understand utilities in the area

The Town Centre surveys asked people about

  • their main reason for visiting the town centre
  • the frequency of their visits
  • the length of their visits
  • how much they expected to spend
  • how they travelled
  • whether they could have cycled and how they might be encouraged to cycle
  • their views on improving the town centres.

Graphs and tables summarising the survey data are included in the PowerPoint slides.

The consultants explained the criteria that will be used to assess various options.  These assess likely changes to journey times for motorists, cyclists and bus passengers, the effects on parking and loading, the effects on pedestrians (changes to pavements and pedestrian crossings) and the effect on road safety.

The briefing also included a summary of the feedback gathered during the public exhibition held at the Fox in February.

Next steps are as follows:

  • Further design progression and proposed modelling continuing until public consultation
  • Next Partnership Board (Designs Presented) – Jun 2015
  • Public Consultation – Late July 2015 to Oct 2015
  • Scheme Approval – Dec 2015
  • Detailed Design – Dec 2015 to April 2016
  • Implementation – April 2016 to Oct 2016

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