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Motorists mount the kerb to escape school-run gridlock in London

Reckless motorists mount the kerb and drive along grass verges to escape school-run gridlock on London street

  • Motorists drive on pavements to evade gridlock traffic in Enfield, North London
  • Return of primary schools coincided with roadworks closing borough’s streets
  • Thoughtless drivers filmed mounting verges at speed alongside pedestrians

Careless motorists have been filmed driving along grass verges and pavements just inches from residential properties as school-run traffic resumes in North London. 

Footage filmed from the window of a nearby home shows motorists trying to evade the total gridlock on Bincote Road in Enfield as parents travelled to pick up children from primary schools in the local area on Friday at 3.20pm. 

Thoughtless drivers were pictured mounting the pavements at speed as pedestrians, including a child on a scooter, try to safely use the paths.

The return of the borough’s primary schools coincided with roadworks which closed a number of key roads in the area and redirected traffic down several residential streets causing chaos.

The street soon became impassable due to cars parked on either side of the road leading motorists to take matters into their own hands and drive over the verges.

Local resident Glenn Wilson was filming the traffic in order to show Transport for London that their plans to introduce a new bus service, with additional stops to the heavily congested route, are ludicrous. 

Mr Wilson, 28, shared the footage on social media and wrote: ‘I can’t believe what I am seeing here.’

Dan Logan commented: ‘It’s like the scenes in an end of the world movie when people are desperate to get home to their loved ones.’

Motorists trying to evade the total gridlock on Bincote Road in Enfield as parents travelled to pick up children from primary schools in the local area on Friday at 3.20pm

Thoughtless drivers are filmed mounting the pavements at speed as pedestrians, including a child on a scooter, try to safely use the paths

Lee Cox replied: ‘There’s no deterrent anymore and people genuinely don’t give a toss. Police either don’t care, are under resourced or it’s just not a priority anymore.’

Renos Christou wrote: ‘Absolutely shocking. No regard for the safety of the kids walking on the pavement!’ 

Speaking today Mr wilson said: ‘You will find we all park on our drives so our cars don’t get hit, the drivers of the parked cars are parents picking their kids up from school.

‘Many residents, including myself have been contacting TfL, local MP’s and councillors to no avail’

A bus is seen among the school-run traffic. TfL plan to proceed with the proposed additional bus route on the road despite warnings from residents

One truck is sene mounting the verge and speedily driving along the grass outside of the cameraman’s home

Following a consultation last year TfL plan to proceed with the proposed additional bus route despite an outpouring of negative responses.

Transport for London and Enfield London Borough Council have been contacted for comment.

There are three schools in the immediate area, Merryhills Primary, Grange Park Primary and Highlands Secondary School. 

The Metropolitan Police confirmed that they were not called to attend the incident.

Mr Wilson reported the incident via the Metropolitan Police ‘Report a traffic incident’ website.

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