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First phase of innovative High Street regeneration project completed

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20 September 2017

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The first phase of the Ponders End High Street Regeneration Scheme has been completed, providing a much-needed improvement to a busy junction.

- Ponders End High Street reopened to traffic on time
- New traffic management measures create a better environment for all users
- The regeneration of Ponders End continues
The first phase of the Ponders End High Street Regeneration Scheme has been completed, providing a much-needed improvement to a busy junction.
The new junction of South Street, Lincoln Road and Derby Road was completed on schedule and in time for the start of the new school year.
A fresh, attractive, block-paved junction with crossing points has been installed and the traffic lights have been replaced with two circular traffic schemes, known as roundels, to encourage a more cautious driving style.
The system will reduce journey times and improve traffic flow, in turn creating a less hostile environment for cyclists and pedestrians.
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “The High Street has received a fantastic face-lift and looks superb. Having monitored the first two weeks of traffic flow, we are pleased to report that drivers and cyclists are negotiating the junction with less speed and more caution - just as intended. This is just the start. Further work is continuing around Ponders End, which was identified as a regeneration priority area.
“I’d like to thank the residents and business owners along the High Street who have been incredibly patient and supportive during the ongoing works. In addition, a big ‘thank you’ must go out to the different partners working simultaneously on the project. This is one of the biggest High Street renovations in Enfield in some years which has required the rerouting of traffic, public transport and pedestrians and we are very grateful to all involved.”
In addition to the high street improvement other projects have been undertaken simultaneously - heat network pipes were installed underneath the road surface, hundreds of lorry loads of spoil were removed from two adjacent construction sites, and work was able to commence on the A1010 South cycle lane route.
Work is continuing along the High Street and surrounding areas. Utility companies are currently re-routing cables and once that is completed, the rest of the work will proceed in earnest. Laying down of block paving will be ongoing and five new crossings will be included. In addition new trees and planting will follow the curve of the road from South Street towards the High Street providing an attractive vista for all. The project forms part of the Council’s growth and sustainability priority, enabling sustainable regeneration in Enfield. 
To find out the latest on Ponders End and the work going on in the surrounding area, please go to Enfield Council’s website. Enquiries about any changes to the High Street area can be made directly to neighbourhoodregeneration@enfield.gov.uk.