Impatient motorists have been filmed driving along grass verges and pavements to dodge traffic jams as children walk home from school in North London.
Footage filmed from a house near Merryhills Primary School in Enfield shows motorists taking the reckless measures to evade the gridlock on Bincote Road at 3.20pm on March 12.
They 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 last week coincided with roadworks closing key roads in the area and redirecting traffic down 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.
There are three schools in the area, Merryhills Primary, Grange Park Primary and Highlands Secondary School.
Local resident Glenn 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!’
Mr 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.
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 MPs 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.
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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