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New pedestrian crossing

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11 May 2016

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Enfield Council is investing £50,000 in a new pedestrian crossing at the junction of Baker Street and Parsonage Lane after residents called for a safer crossing point to be installed.

Enfield Council is investing £50,000 in a new pedestrian crossing at the junction of Baker Street and Parsonage Lane after residents called for a safer crossing point to be installed.

‚ÄčThe junction of Parsonage Lane, Baker Street and Silver Street is heavily used by pedestrians, including many school children on their way to and from nearby schools.

However, at present there are no formal crossing facilities, with pedestrians having to cross during a longer than normal ‘inter-green’ period.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, gave the go ahead to the scheme, which will involve adding pedestrian crossing elements to the existing traffic lights at the junction, introducing advanced stop lines for cyclists, increasing the width of the crossing at Parsonage Lane and increasing the time between traffic light cycles to give pedestrians extra time to cross the road.

Cllr Anderson said: “We have listened to residents’ concerns about the lack of a formal crossing at this location, explored the options and come up with a scheme that I believe is cost effective, sensible and which, when implemented, will improve road safety for the hundreds of children who regularly cross the road at this junction in order to get to school.

“We are very much committed to improving the safety of our roads and getting people out of their cars and into alternative methods of transportation. Indeed, if we genuinely want to encourage people to walk around the borough we need to provide them with safer routes and that is exactly what we are doing here.”

The agreed scheme will now need to be submitted to Transport for London for approval, who will review the proposals, conduct a safety audit and prepare a detailed design scheme and cost estimate. As and when agreed, construction could start as early as February 2017.