Cycle lane construction has your life been blighted?
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan as stated publicly that cycle lanes should not be built on main roads in outer London.
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He says that mistakes were made in the planning of cycle lanes by the previous mayor and his team.
To quote a recent LBC interview:
"I would criticise the previous mayor and his team for the way they administered the previous cycle superhighway, the construction work took too long, it shouldn't have been permanent to cause these problems, and some of the routes they chose weren't tried and tested. If you look at segregated cycle lanes in other parts of the world they suck it and see first, they're not permanent structures because sometimes they want to move them around"
"Congestion is a serious issue, particularly diesel vehicles causing huge problems with air quality, so this is why I have appointed a cycling and walking commissioner and one of the things he is going to be doing is to make sure that we learn the lessons from cycle superhighway. We are making sure we speak to the councils and try and divert cyclist away from main roads onto what I call quiet ways in order to encourage people particularly in outer London to cycle rather than have all our eggs in the Embankment cycle superhighway previous generation basket. By the way speaking to those who dig up our roads, the utility companies this can cause congestion, the bad news is that as a consequence of the congestion not only is it leading to worse air quality but people are stopping using certain buses because they can't rely on getting from A to B, so it is in everyone's interest to sort out congestion in London".
In the three months since cycle lane construction started on the A105, around Masons Corner and Ridge Avenue, congestion in the local area has got gradually worse, especially when construction work began at both ends of Winchmore Hill Broadway in January.
Now it is winter more people are using our cars and we are now suffering gridlock which is causing massive problems for people in their daily lives. People are avoiding the area as much as possible, which is resulting on more vehicles using residential routes through Grange Park, Winchmore Hill and Bush Hill Park.
Enfield Council 'promised' mitigation to reduce the risks of congestion and loss of income for our local businesses.
MITIGATION def: the action of reducing the severity, seriousness, or painfulness of something
Instead of putting measures in to prevent the disruption to our local high street, they closed the crossing making it more difficultand dangerous for people to get across? MITIGATION?
If you read the comments below you will see that there are many residents who are disgusted that this scheme is being imposed on our area. contrary to the mantra that "Cycle Enfield is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to transform our borough making Enfield's streets better and healthier for everyone."
HERE IS A LETTER WRITTEN BY JOHN BAXTER TO THE MAYOR OF LONDON. JOHN IS A RESIDENT WHO HAS LIVED IN WINCHMORE HILL FOR 45 YEARS
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When the construction is finished the problems will continue, the traffic isn't going to go away, with all traffic being confined to one lane on most of the roads leading into Enfield, this sadly is going to be the new new normal.
Our businesses are already suffering. Some cannot sustain protracted loss of income. They still need to pay their rent, utilities, staff, rates etc aand earn a living. More businesses are at risk when the construction moves further down Green Lanes towards Winchmore Hill Broadway in January.
Leaflets are being distributed along the A105 and neighbouring roars, urging residents to voice their complaints.
These will be collated into a report to be put to Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and other project stakeholders that we are disgusted that these cycle lanes are being constructed
against the wishes of residents/rate payers.
If you haven't received the leaflet click on the image to read it
Here is the construction schedule, to show when your section of the A105 is due to be affected.
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A crowdsourcing page has been launched, However, it is less about money, more about giving the people of Enfield a chance to express their views which have been ignored. If you can spare £10 to help getthis message across, here is a link to the fundraising page. Any money that is not used will be donated to a local charity.
The Regeneris A105 economic risk assessment report forecast that busineses on the A105 would suffer only minor problems as a result of the cycle lane construction.
Has your life been blighted by the current building works?
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The views of local residents, businesses and community groups will be compiled into a report
to explain to LB Enfield, Sadiq Khan, TfL and the GLA
that Enfield Mini Holland is a Mess
and must be stopped before it creates even more damage to our local communities.
Has your life been unduly affected by the cycle lane construction? If so please let a comment.