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Enfield starts work on A105 Mini Holland project

"Future generations will thank us" says councillor in charge of £42m initiative ...

Enfield is poised to begin work on the first phase of its £42 million Mini Holland project – starting with a segregated cycle lane on the A105.

The councillor in charge of the project says “future generations will thank us” for the bike-friendly initiatives now getting under way following an often bitter consultation period.

The borough council has however warned residents to expect disruption while works on the stretch of road, which runs from London Road through Park Avenue and onto Green Lanes, are carried out.

The green light for the works comes after calls for a judicial review were rejected, although the council says it has made some alterations to the original plans as a result of a consultation.

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The council’s cabinet member for the environment, Councillor Daniel Anderson, commented: “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.

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

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

The southern section of the route takes in one of the capital’s longest streets – Green Lanes, which runs more than six miles from Winchmore Hill in Enfield to Newington Green on the borders of Islington and Hackney, passing through Haringey on the way.

That underlines part of the problem encountered when it comes to designing and implementing joined-up infrastructure in the city.

Since the A105 does not form part of the Transport for London (TfL) road network, responsibility for its streets rests with the boroughs concerned – so once it is out of Enfield, the Mini Holland funding, and the momentum behind it, run out.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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P3t3 | 7 years ago
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In a years time most people will either have forgotten the road design was ever any different or wonder why it took so long to do it in the first place.  

 

@srchar - use the shops, they are having a hard enough time competing with the increasing online trade, you can't blame them for reacting to a further precieved threat to their existence, even if it was misguided.  

Don't forget that the vast majority of the population don't ride a bike and have spent their entire lives being trained that bikes are toys and will never ever work as a transport option.   Sadly they don't have your understanding of how wonderful the world would be if we all did our local journeys by bike.  This scheme might help change that.  

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srchar | 7 years ago
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I live close to part of the proposed route and have already made a mental note of which shops displayed banners condemning the cycle route, so I can avoid them when cycling past.

I did wonder what's in it for shops that display the banners. Surely it's better to display nothing and not piss off any current or potential customers?

Anyway, chapeau to the local council, for once.

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A2thaJ replied to srchar | 7 years ago
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srchar wrote:

I live close to part of the proposed route and have already made a mental note of which shops displayed banners condemning the cycle route, so I can avoid them when cycling past.

Same here. Don't know why they agreed to put them signs up, won't be going those shops but may go neighbouring ones and speak loudly about how great the street now is.

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Dnnnnnn replied to A2thaJ | 7 years ago
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A2thaJ wrote:
srchar wrote:

I live close to part of the proposed route and have already made a mental note of which shops displayed banners condemning the cycle route, so I can avoid them when cycling past.

Same here. Don't know why they agreed to put them signs up, won't be going those shops but may go neighbouring ones and speak loudly about how great the street now is.

There is a counter-argument that you should visit them even more often (as others will do if the scheme is successful). They may then see the error of their ways, and there's nothing like the zeal of a convert.

I presume the council will have collected baseline information on footfall, turnover, etc. and will do so again post-scheme implementation.

And you shouldn't punish people just because they have a different opinion to you (different if they knowingly mislead, threaten, etc.).

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Ush | 7 years ago
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Ironically the people that objected to this will likely benefit from rising property values as a result of this development.

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wycombewheeler replied to Ush | 7 years ago
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Ush wrote:

Ironically the people that objected to this will likely benefit from rising property values as a result of this development.

I thought the objected were mainly those who like to drive through not those who live there.

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srchar replied to wycombewheeler | 7 years ago
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wycombewheeler wrote:
Ush wrote:

Ironically the people that objected to this will likely benefit from rising property values as a result of this development.

I thought the objected were mainly those who like to drive through not those who live there.

Sadly, they both live locally AND drive a few hundred yards to the shops. It's alright though, they'll die before those of us who know that our legs are for more than gas and brake pedals.

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