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Transport planning and policy

The Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy sets out his vision for London for the next 23 years. All London boroughs are required to produce a Local Implementation Plan (LIP) to show how they will help to deliver the Mayor's strategy locally alongside their own priorities.

Our Transport Plan aims to transform transport and mobility in Enfield to allow people to travel and goods to be transported in a healthy and sustainable way.

Our priorities are to:

  • make active travel the natural choice, particularly for those trips less than 2km (1.2 miles)
  • make more school trips safe, sustainable and healthy
  • reduce the impact of private vehicles on our streets
  • make the public transport network more accessible and the natural choice for longer trips
  • maintain our assets for the benefit of the public

Our transport objectives are to:

  • deliver Cycle Enfield and supporting measures which encourage more cycling and walking in the borough
  • promote safe, active and sustainable transport to and from schools
  • monitor air quality and develop and deliver interventions which address local issues
  • manage growing demand for on-street parking
  • focus on and improve priority locations, making them safer for vulnerable road users
  • Improve local reliability of and accessibility to the public transport network
  • maintain and improve the transport network in Enfield, including developing potential interventions

View the Enfield Transport Plan and LIP (PDF) and the ETP Strategic Environmental Assessment Post-Adoption Statement (PDF).

Following the Mayor of London's Vision Zero and recognising the benefits of walking, Enfield's Walking Strategy aims to:

  • promote a culture of walking by:
    • encouraging schools to promote walking among parents and children
    • encouraging walking to work to create a healthier workforce and reduce traffic congestion
    • promoting walking as a leisure activity
    • encouraging walking for shopping trips and to leisure activities
  • improve safety and comfort by:
    • improving pedestrian road safety
    • improving pedestrian security and reduce the fear of crime
  • develop an inclusive environment for walking by:
    • addressing the walking needs of vulnerable groups (the elderly, children, disabled, and people with mobility needs and sensory impairment)
    • maintaining, enhancing and extending the public rights of way network
    • maintaining and enhancing the environment next to the footway

Car clubs provide members with access to a pool of cars, placed at select locations that can be used for a set period for a fee. Unlike car rental companies, this is usually measured in hours or days so the operating companies can offer more flexible rental terms.

Car clubs can also help free up parking spaces and improve air quality (if electric vehicles are used), and help members to:

  • learn about electric vehicles
  • reduce the cost of living (cars can be expensive to buy and maintain)
  • reduce business costs

There are already several electric vehicle charging points in Enfield. You can find these by visiting Zap Map.

We are currently focused on providing rapid charging points in key locations, rather than on-street charging points for individual residential properties. If you wish to submit an expression of interest, we will consider providing a charging point in or near areas of high demand. You should submit your expression of interest to transportation@enfield.gov.uk and include your:

  • name
  • email
  • home address (including postcode)

You should also let us know:

  • if you own or rent your property
  • if you have off-street parking at your property, including a garage to the side or rear
  • if you already own or intend to buy an electric vehicle
  • the maximum charging rate in kW of the vehicle
  • if you are a taxi or private hire vehicle driver

It is worth bearing in mind:

  • we can only provide facilities on public roads where there is enough space (pedestrian and cycle routes need to be kept clear)
  • if you live in a private housing development that has car parking, you should approach your management company
  • we will assume that by submitting an expression of interest, you're happy for us to store the information provided and process it in line with our data handling policies

Our directional signage policy provides information about making signs easy to understand.

To avoid clutter and build-up, signs should be used sparingly.

Road traffic vehicle emission rules allow local authorities in England to issue fixed penalty notices to drivers who let their vehicles run unnecessarily while stationary on the road.

As part of a wider Mayor’s Air Quality Fund project, we have undertaken anti-idling activities for several years. This involves four anti-idling action days every year at various locations, including level crossings, major junctions and outside schools. On these days drivers of idling vehicles are encouraged to switch off their engines. We also provide information on the negative impacts of idling on air quality.

We will work with our partners to promote the efficient and sustainable movement of freight by road, rail and water by:

  • supporting freight-intensive uses in areas with good access to the strategic road network or proposed water and rail freight facilities, particularly industrial sites in the Upper Lee Valley, including Brimsdown Industrial Estate
  • promoting the potential for freight movement by rail and water
  • continuing to look at ways to improve freight movement between the Upper Lee Valley and the strategic road network
  • continuing to manage lorry movements on the borough road network to protect residential areas

We assess planning applications to see how much the proposed scheme:

  • deals with any anticipated transport impacts
  • supports a shift from private cars to sustainable transport
  • takes account of existing transport use and availability of public transport in the area
  • will impact on environmentally sensitive areas

Before submitting a planning application, you should make sure your proposal meets our aims to:

  • encourage sustainable travel (e.g. walking, cycling, public transport and telecommuting)
  • create accessible, well-connected and inclusive communities
  • lessen traffic demand and its harmful impacts
  • reduce carbon emissions and the climate impacts of transport
  • improve road safety and health

For general planning application guidance, see our planning application process.