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Transport Secretary agrees to establish working group to assess case for new M25 access road in Enfield

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In a meeting with Joan Ryan MP, Enfield North residents and Enfield Council, the Secretary of State for Transport, Rt. Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, has agreed to set up an official working group to look into measures that can be taken to alleviate the traffic pressures on Bullsmoor Lane, including the possible construction of a new access road from the M25 into North Enfield. 

On Monday 27th June the Transport Secretary accepted that local residents’ concerns had to be addressed, given the high volume of traffic in the area and the adverse effects this was having on the environment, people’s safety and the quality of life for constituents. Whilst work to improve the flow of traffic from Junction 25 of the M25 onto the A10 in Enfield will go ahead as planned, Mr McLoughlin acknowledged this was not a long term solution to the current problems.

Senior representatives from Enfield Council gave their full support for another access road to be built as part of wider transport plans for the area – which could include the construction of Cross Rail 2 – in order to cope with the predicted increases in the local population and to help boost jobs and economic growth.

The working group will include representatives from the Department for Transport, the Highways Agency, Transport for London and Enfield Council. Hertfordshire County Council and Epping Forest District Council will be invited to join as well. Any plans which could arise to construct the new access road would unlikely to be given the green light before 2025 as road building budgets are already in place.

Joan Ryan MP, Labour Member of Parliament for Enfield North, said:

“I am delighted to have facilitated this meeting with the Transport Secretary.

The residents who attended on behalf of the Save Bullsmoor Lane campaign were brilliant – making a passionate, informed case for a new road to be built. I am really pleased that Enfield Council has shown such great support for this initiative.

The establishment of an official working group is one of the most significant developments local campaigners have seen for many years. We will be doing everything we can to work with this group, to press the case for the new road to be built and to provide the general transport improvements that local residents and businesses badly need.” 

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