"Mini-Holland" funding of up to £30 million for Enfield

By James Renoux-Wood - Mon 10 March 2014, 3:10 pm

Enfield has been awarded up to £30 million for cycle improvements in the borough, as part of the mayor of Londonís "Mini Holland" scheme.

The borough was one of three selected by Transport for London for funding, out of a shortlist of ten.

A range of measures to improve cycling in the borough has been implemented during the course of the last year, including improved safety, free cycle training for adults and children and the introduction of bike taster sessions for disabled people.

The council has set out the following goals to use the funding for making cycling safer and more attractive to residents:

• To create protected cycle tracks along Hertford Road and Green Lanes so that children from more than 40 schools in the area can cycle confidently to school

• To create a cycle-hub in Enfield Town by re-routing traffic

• To redesign the Edmonton Green roundabout, using a Dutch style design to keep bicycles and motor vehicles separate

• To introduce a network of “quietway” routes along low traffic, low speed roads

• To create safe storage for commuters at the borough’s stations

Enfield Council’s cabinet member for environment, Councillor Chris Bond, said: “The success of Enfield Council’s bid for Mini-Holland funding means we have attracted significant investment and this is a huge opportunity for us to revolutionise cycling in our borough.

"Enfield Council is absolutely committed to improve our cycling network, transforming our town centres for residents and to get more people on their bikes. This investment will radically accelerate that process.

"The council has already delivered a wide range of schemes to improve cycling in Enfield and this funding from the mayor of London will help the borough build on its previous successes and expand on them significantly."