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making our streets quieter and saferThe revised proposals for a low-traffic neighbourhood based around Fox Lane are expected imminently. In the meantime Enfield Council has launched the next phase of the Quieter Neighbourhoods programme by setting up perception surveys for the three residential areas that are included in Phase 2.

In terms of the "processes and phases" that were announced in August, this means that the Fox Lane scheme is about to move into stage 3 - a public event to explain the plans and an opportunity for residents to comment - while the three Phase 2 schemes are at stage 1 - asking residents to share their ideas on problems and potential solutions in their area. These were all scheduled for "late summer 2019", so it looks as if the programme has slipped somewhat.

Where are we at with the Fox Lane scheme?

Residents in the Fox Lane Quieter Neighbourhood should have leaflets about the scheme put through their doors next week, starting on Tuesday. These will include details of an engagement event in Palmers Green where people can share their thoughts about the proposals, but it will also be possible to comment online.

The current plan is to implement the proposals on a trial basis, probably for six months, to allow all interested parties to assess how well the scheme works. Formal consultation will take place during the trial. (More information and a chance to subscribe to updates is at

What areas are in Phase 2?

  • Bowes Park - covering all streets in Bowes ward south of Bowes Road between Pinkham Way to the west and Green Lanes to the east

bowes quieter neighbourhood map oct 2019

  • Firs Lane - covering a large area between Green Lanes and the Great Cambridge Road, from Hedge Lane in the south to Church Street and Ridge Avenue to the north.

firs lanes quieter neighbourhood map oct 2019

  • Bush Hill Road - a crescent-shaped area north of Ridge Avenue and west of the A105 with the intersection between Bush Hill and Bush Hill Road at its centre.

bush hill road quieter neighbourhood map oct 2019

Perception surveys

The perception surveys for all three areas run until 10th November and are intended to find out what issues people living in them have with traffic speed and volumes, noise, difficulty in crossing roads, car parking, congestion and road danger. The council will use the results when devising proposals for the quieter neighbourhoods.


Let's Talk Enfield Neighbourhoods Hub (with links to all information and perception surveys)

Council outlines new Quieter Neighbourhoods Strategy (PGC 27 August 2019)

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  • 15 January 2020

Fox Lane low-traffic neighbourhood meeting: A range of views recorded

The Fox Lane low-traffic neighbourhood meeting called by Paul Mandel was very well attended and was an opportunity to hear views ranging from strong support to angry opposition. Notes of what was said at the meeting have been published on the Fox Lane & District Residents' Association website and are republished here. Read more

  • 08 January 2020

A 'dashboard' showing traffic volumes and speeds in the Fox Lane area

Detailed traffic speed and volume data collected during the 'planters trial' in the Fox Lane quieter neighbourhood area is now available via an online 'dashboard'. Over a one week period in March just under 260,000 vehicles passed the data collection points - 235825 cars, 18,594 lorries, 1682 bicycles and 351 cars pulling trailers. They included 25 vehicles doing more than 70mph, of which 14 were exceeding 80mph and two were recorded at speeds between 96 and 100mph. Read more

  • 20 November 2019

Consultation deadline put back as debate rages about low-traffic neighbourhood proposals

The plans for the Fox Lane low-traffic neighbourhood that were unveiled last week have certainly stirred up debate! Arguments for and against have been running on this website's forum and on social media. The Conservative and Labour contenders for the Enfield Southgate parliamentary seat have joined the fray, and pressure from within the majority Labour Party Group has prompted Enfield Council to extend the deadline for commenting on the plans to 22nd December. The Better Streets for Enfield group, which has been campaigning for a true low-traffic neighbourhood scheme, has suggested a revised scheme with more entrance/exit points for cars. Read more