Impact of the M25 junction 25 improvement scheme

Tuesday 26th January 2021

(1 year ago)

Commons Chamber
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20:58
Feryal Clark Portrait Feryal Clark (Enfield North) (Lab) [V]
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I present this petition on behalf of the residents on Enfield North to register their deep concerns about the planned Highways England works on the planned M25 junction 25 scheme.

The petition states

The petition of residents of the constituency of Enfield North,

Declares that the M25 junction 25 improvement scheme proposed by Highways England…poses many problems for the local community.

It further declares that the proposals set out by Highways England are flawed, and completely lack safeguards to protect schoolchildren and other road users from increased toxic air pollution and road accidents. It goes on to say:

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Government to take into account the concerns of the petitioners and take immediate action to assess thoroughly the impact of the M25 junction 25 improvement scheme on the surrounding neighbourhoods and the environment, and to introduce effective measures to ensure that air pollution is mitigated and the road is safe for residents, school children and other road users.

Following is the full text of the petition:

[The petition of residents of the constituency of Enfield North,

Declares that the M25 junction 25 improvement scheme proposed by Highways England has been approved and planned works are due to begin in March 2021 but the scheme poses many problems for the local community; further declares that the proposals set out by Highways England overlook the impact of increased traffic flows and speeding along the route which is through residential neighbourhoods and school precincts; notes that the scheme will increase the presence of HGVs which is a safety concern for the three schools along the route and thousands of children who use the route to and from school; further notes that there have been 13 motor accidents involving HGVs on this route since 2015 and two fatal accidents involving HGVs since this scheme was introduced in 2001; and further declares that the proposals set out by Highways England present a serious lack of measures to mitigate air pollution and ensure that the road is safe for residents, school children and other road users.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Government to take into account the concerns of the petitioners and take immediate action to assess thoroughly the impact of the M25 junction 25 improvement scheme on the surrounding neighbourhoods and the environment, and to introduce effective measures to ensure that air pollution is mitigated and the road is safe for residents, school children and other road users.

And the petitioners remain, etc.]

[P002645]