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Enfield raises safety concerns over M25 scheme

Published Monday, 18 March 2013

Enfield Council has written to the Highways Agency expressing serious safety concerns about a scheme affecting the stretch of the M25 passing through the borough.

The section of the motorway between junction 23 and 27 accommodates 116,000 vehicles a day and currently suffers from congestion, unpredictable journey times and higher than average accident rates.

The Highways Agency has started implementing a "Managed Motorway" to help deal with the problems by allowing motorists to use the hard shoulder and introducing variable speed limits at busy times.

But Enfield Council is concerned the proposed scheme will make the road less safe, increase the risk of serious accidents and make it harder for the emergency services to respond to emergencies if motorists use the hard shoulder to drive on. It is also very concerned about the Highways Agency's decision to remove all of the street lighting from this section of the motorway.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment Cllr Chris Bond, said: "We support the principle of extra capacity on the M25 because that will provide significant benefits for residents and businesses in the borough, but road safety is a more important consideration for us and we believe this scheme should be reconsidered."

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