Joan Ryan MP has warned that plans for the M25 Junction 25 improvement scheme will fail to address the longstanding traffic and pollution problems in Enfield.
I am calling on Highways England to revise and review their modelling for the M25 Junction 25 improvement scheme, so that it does not exacerbate existing traffic problems along some of the busiest roads in Enfield.
In my submission to the Highways England consultation, I have raised serious concerns about the detrimental effect the improvement scheme could have on our local road network. Traffic modelling undertaken by Enfield Council has indicated that the scheme has the potential to make the current situation worse and increase the amount of traffic along the Great Cambridge Road and Bullsmoor Lane.
I agree that significant upgrades to the busy Junction 25 of the M25 are required, but the scheme must help to improve the congestion, pollution and noise issues which have blighted North East Enfield for many years.
When I and local residents met with the then Transport Secretary, Rt. Hon Sir Patrick McLoughlin MP, last July, he acknowledged that the planned works were not seen as a long-term solution to the current problems.
I urge Highways England to provide reassurances to local residents and Enfield Council that the proposed work will complement the on-going development of the Northern Gateway Access Package (NGAP) project - the programme to improve the transport infrastructure across North East Enfield - rather than being considered in isolation from it.
Improving the quality of life for people in our community is of paramount importance. Residents have every right to expect comprehensive measures to be put in place – like NGAP – and I will continue to fight for the improvements required for as long as it takes.