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TfL to widen North Circular bottleneck


TRANSPORT FOR London is go ahead with a scheme to remove one of the notorious bottlenecks on London's A406 North Circular at Bounds Green.

he constriction, where the mainly dual two lane road narrows for 3km to a two lane single carriageway, has been notorious for tailbacks and rush hour jams (NCE 1 April 2004).

A number of schemes have been proposed for the area, most notably a £260M Highways Agency scheme which would have dualled the road and grade separated most of the junctions.

'But over several governments the money has never been forthcoming, ' said TfL chief operating officer Peter Brown.

TfL has now found £27.4M for a much more modest improvement which will retain most of the grade level junctions.

But the road will be dualled and junctions widened to three lanes.

TfL says the scheme will also remove the planning 'blight' affecting many of the roadside houses, which would have been demolished for the bigger scheme.

Local traffi hazards should be reduced with £4M allocated to local authorities to introduce traffic calming measures in nearby streets. These have been subject to extensive 'ratrunning' by drivers frustrated with the rush hour jams.

Scheme design is scheduled for completion in May, with tenders invited later this year.

Construction will run from 2006 to 2008.

Brown said TfL would also like a scheme to improve a second notorious overload point where A1 traffic joins the road.

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