Forest Road

Planned overnight resurfacing works are taking place between 4th and 9th October 2021. Download the letter here and download the traffic management arrangements here

Planned works are also taking place at the junction of Howard Road and Forest Road between 4th and 17th October 2021. Download the letter here and download the traffic management arrangements here

In 2016, work started on making Forest Road a safer route for people who choose to walk and cycle for local journeys or as part of their daily commute. As Forest Road is a key route through the borough we developed a phased consultation and construction approach, to ensure residents could get involved in the part of Forest Road that they use most, and to help us minimise disruption to local people.

Overall, the changes to Forest Road aim to improve connections for local people to other parts of the borough such as our town centres and residential areas, making it easier for people to make local journeys. It also aims to connect Waltham Forest better to our neighbouring boroughs, attracting visitors and boosting business for our local economy.

Changes to Forest Road include:

  • Upgrading the junctions including, Blackhorse Road Junction, the Forest Road/ Palmerston Road junction and the Bell Junction
  • New pedestrian and cycle crossings along the route to make the area safer and more accessible to people who walk and cycle
  • New blended ‘Copenhagen’ crossings at all side road junctions, giving pedestrians a continuous pavement, and encouraging vehicles to slow down when entering and exiting side roads
  • New segregated cycle lanes which create separate, designated space for cycling and walking– making it safer and easier for cycles and vehicles to share the road.

Consultation and engagement

Public consultations for the Forest Road scheme took place between the following dates. Click the links below or to the right to download the consultation reports.

Completed work

Ferry Lane to Forest Road – work completed in 2017

  • Fully segregated cycle lane from the borough boundary with Haringey to Forest Road just past the Ferry Boat Inn
  • New Toucan Crossing at the entrance to the Walthamstow Wetlands entrance
  • Public space improvements outside the wetlands
  • Road resurfacing
  • Reduced speed limit along the road from 30 to 20 mph.

Blackhorse Road Junction to Palmerston Road – work completed 2018 Cyclist in a cycle lane on Forest Road

  • Fully segregated cycle lane on both sides of the road
  • New signal controlled pedestrian and cycle crossing point by Pretoria Avenue
  • New blended ‘Copenhagen’ crossings on all side roads open to motor vehicles to prioritise pedestrians
  • Reduced speed limit along the full road from 30 to 20 mph.

Palmerston Road to Hoe Street – work completed in late 2018 Forest Road cycle lane outside William Morris Gallery

  • New cycle and pedestrian crossing to the east of Bemsted Road and Greenleaf Road
  • Segregated cycle lanes on both sides of the road
  • New blended ‘Copenhagen’ crossings on all side roads open to motor vehicles to prioritise pedestrians
  • Reduced speed limit along the full road from 30 to 20 mph.

Blackhorse Junction - work completed in summer 2020

Artist impression of new road layout outside Blackhorse Road station

  • New cycle and pedestrian crossings
  • Bus stop changes
  • Improved public space
  • More cycle parking
  • Upgraded traffic signals.

Current work

Forest Road Reservoirs (between Ferry Lane and Green Ferry Way)

As part of the regeneration taking place in and around the Blackhorse area, further changes to Forest Road (between Blackhorse Station and the border with Haringey) are planned to start from June 2021.

With funding from Greater London Authority (GLA) through the Blackhorse Lane Housing Zone programme, and contributions from developers, we are planning to expand on these previous improvements. We will be introducing new measures for walking and cycling between Ferry Lane and the borough’s western boundary with Haringey through to Green Ferry Way. This is part of our ongoing longer-term work to create a continuous active and sustainable travel corridor along the entire length of Forest Road, supporting both shorter local journeys as well as longer boroughwide ones by active and sustainable transport modes.

The scheme includes the following measures and you can view the maps here.

  • Fully segregated cycle tracks on both sides of the road to provide a dedicated space for people to cycle on, separated from the road and pavement
  • Improvements to the existing pedestrian and cycle crossing to provide a safer place for people to cross the road between the two entrances to the Wetlands and the Ferry Boat Inn
  • Plants and greenery along the route to act as a barrier between the cycle lane and pavement and to improve the look and feel of the area
  • New paving materials to improve the overall street environment and tie in to the recently completed pedestrian and cycle improvements on Ferry Lane and the housing developments by Blackhorse Road Tube and Rail Station
  • New ‘Walthamstow Wetlands’ wayfinding along the boundaries on Forest Road
  • New CCTV cameras to improve personal safety
  • New Cycle Hubs adjacent to Blackhorse Road Station to make cycling to the station more convenient
  • The safety cameras will be maintained to keep speeds to 30mph and to ensure overall road safety.

Construction of this scheme will start from summer 2021 and is expected to be completed by spring 2022. If you have any questions or comments relating to this schemes please contact us using the following details:
Email: enjoy@walthamforest.gov.uk
Write to: Enjoy Waltham Forest Team, Waltham Forest Council, Low Hall Depot, Argall Avenue, Leyton, E10 7AS
Call: 020 8496 3000 and ask to speak with the Enjoy Waltham Forest Team.

Bell Junction to Woodford New Road, London Streetspace (LSP) funding

Waltham Forest Council has been successful in securing funding from TfL’s LSP to deliver further walking and cycling improvements between William Morris Gallery and Woodford New Road, expanding on the work completed over the last few years between William Morris Gallery and the borough boundary with Haringey. The LSP funding has been created in response to Covid-19 and is being awarded to councils to deliver infrastructure schemes that encourage active and sustainable forms of transport.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there is an even more urgent need to improve London’s streets for walking and cycling and to reduce pressure on our road and public transport networks. With London’s public transport capacity currently significantly reduced, millions of journeys a day need to be completed by other modes of transport. If these are replaced by car journeys, streets will become heavily congested, air quality will reduce, and road danger will increase. In some places we are already seeing traffic levels increase above pre Covid-19 levels.

As part of the Enjoy Waltham Forest Programme we had originally hoped to take forward changes along the entire length of Forest Road between Haringey and Woodford New Road. In 2015 we conducted a perception survey with local people and businesses to find out what they thought about the overall Forest Road corridor, and to understand any changes they would like to make. The summary report for this perception survey can be found in the useful documents list in the right hand collumn. At the time, we were only able to deliver changes between Haringey and the William Morris Gallery as par of the original Programme as funding was not available to progress a scheme between the Bell Junction and Woodford new Road. The LSP funding we have now secured, although limited, will mean we’re able to introduce an interim scheme that will join up most of Forest Road to create a continuous end to end route, as far as practical. As we are having to adopt a lower cost approach for the interim scheme, substantial highway layout changes have not been possible, particularly around traffic signal junctions. That’s one of the reasons why, in parallel to delivering the interim scheme, we are continuing to develop permanent plans for this section of Forest Road, and will be using feedback received over the next six months to help shape our final plans.

The measures are outlined below, and more information can be found online by visiting forestroadlsp.commonplace.is:

  • Introduce a mix of mandatory cycle lanes, semisegregated
    cycle tracks and stepped cycle tracks in each direction along Forest Road. Mandatory cycle lanes are created using a solid white line along the road to mark out the cycle lane, semi-segregated cycle tracks are created using materials called wands (vertical plastic poles) which provide a physical barrier between the cycle lane and the road, stepped cycle tracks are cycle lanes which are higher than the carriageway but lower than the pavement.
  • Change bus stop layouts such as introducing bus stop bypasses, where space allows, to ensure that cyclists can cycle around bus stops safely and keep separated from bus passengers getting on and off buses.
  • Where mandatory cycle lanes and semi segregated cycle tracks are being installed, kerbside parking, waiting and loading restrictions will generally change to No Waiting and Loading “At Any Time”
  • Outside of the businesses between Spruce Hill Road and Wood Street, double yellow lines will be installed but loading will generally be allowed as per the current times.
  • Additional loading bays will be installed in St Johns Road and Kingsley Road.
  • Existing parking bays between Hale End Road and Beacontree Road will be unaffected.

We are running an online engagement platform (called Commonplace) for at least six month to gather as much feedback from residents as we can. Please visit forestroadlsp.commonplace.is for more info, to share your feedback and sign up to updated on the scheme.

Bell Junction 

In July 2017 we held a public consultation with local residents on plans for the Hoe Street/Forest Road/Chingford Road Junction, also known as the Bell Junction. Following public consultation, the scheme was approved by the
Council to be developed further and constructed when funding became available. Thanks to TfL funding, we’re now ready to introduce the following measures:

  • Change the road layout at the junction to make more space available for pedestrians and cyclists, whilst also maintaining the current flow of traffic and bus journey times.
  • Increase pavement widths around the junction, particularly outside One Hoe Street, to allow more space for pedestrians and cyclists and provide greater potential for tree planting and public realm improvements. By widening the pavements we will shorten the crossing distance of pedestrian crossings on all arms of the junction – making crossing the road safer, quicker and more convenient.
  • Introduce new segregated cycle tracks which create separate, designated space for cycling and new cycle crossing points on all arms of the junction to improve cycle safety and make crossing the junction by bike easier.
  • Install new traffic signals, including low level traffic signals for cyclist.
    Link the current and planned cycle lanes on Forest Road into future proposals for Hoe Street to provide continuous protected space for cycling.
  • Upgrade and modernise the street lighting to make the junction feel safer at night.
  • Resurface the footways using materials that create a high quality look and feel, and that complement the material used elsewhere in the town centre.
  • Plant new trees and a variety of plants to complement the existing species in the area, increase biodiversity and improve air quality.

Forest Road, between Blackhorse Junction and Walthamstow Wetlands (boundary with London Borough of Haringey)

Funding has been secured from TfL’s LSP to extend the Forest Road segregated cycle route from Blackhorse Junction to the borough boundary with Haringey. The extension involves the introduction of mandatory cycle lanes with light segregation infrastructure including Orcas and Wands. Once complete it will provide a largely uninterrupted fully segregated cycle route from Hoe Street to the borough boundary, with Haringey currently delivering further improvement works along Ferry Lane which will ultimately link to Tottenham Hale. Works commenced on 29th June 2020.


If you have any questions relating to the Enjoy Waltham Forest programme, do get in touch.

Email - enjoy@walthamforest.gov.uk

Write to -
Enjoy Waltham Forest Programme Team
Waltham Forest Council
Low Hall Argall Avenue
E10 7AS