Liveable Neighbourhoods – Coppermill

In 2018 Waltham Forest Council successfully secured funding from Transport for London (TfL) as part of its Liveable Neighbourhoods programme, to enhance the Coppermill area and make it easier and safer for people to choose sustainable travel such as walking, cycling and public transport.

Work on the scheme began in 2020. More information on the construction works and timeline for these can be found in the update leaflets in the useful documents column on this page.

In September 2020, as part of the Coppermill Area Scheme and Quietway 2 (Cycleway 27) scheme, a bus gate (modal filter) was introduced on South Access Road. This means if you’re travelling by motorised vehicle to Low Hall Depot or to South Access recycling centre you will need to travel along Argall Avenue from Lea Bridge Road. The entrance from South Access Road will only be available to people walking or cycling.

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Scheme update

In July 2020, we sent an update leaflet to all addresses within the scheme area informing the local community about how Covid-19 had affected funding for highway and transport improvements in the borough; and that Transport for London (TfL) was unable to provide planned funding for Liveable Neighbourhoods schemes across London, including the Coppermill Area scheme. Instead, TfL provided replacement emergency funding called the “London Streetspace Plan” (LSP), to enable implementation of some highway changes to address various issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The leaflet outlined the changes being taken forward in the Coppermill area with funding from the LSP, you can view the leaflet here

The schemes that were outlined in the July 2020 leaflet have now been implemented. Where measures have been introduced on an interim/ experimental basis, ongoing monitoring is currently taking place to understand how these measures are performing. The results of the monitoring and review process will help inform further decisions on whether to make these measures permanent, make adjustments, or possibly withdraw them.

The Council has recently been able to secure further funding from TfL for the Coppermill area. This additional funding will enable some of the other measures planned as part of the original Liveable Neighbourhoods scheme to be delivered. Unfortunately, the additional funding is not sufficient to
deliver everything that formed part of the original scheme at this stage, but still represents a significant further investment in the area. These will include the Coppermill Lane corridor improvements, some of the public realm improvements, the highways and pedestrian improvements and the traffic calming improvements. A list of the next phase of improvements in the Coppermill Area is outlined in the Coppermill Area Update Leaflet January 2021 which you can find in the useful documents column on this page.

Quietway 2 (Cycleway27)

At the same time as receiving funding for the Coppermill Area Scheme, the Council also secured funding to redirect the existing Quietway 2 (soon to be renamed Cycleway 27 by TfL) cycle route with the aim of encouraging residents, businesses and visitors to use sustainable modes of transport more often, so that together we can reduce congestion, tackle air pollution and improve the health and wellbeing of local people.

The new Quietway 2 (Cycleway 27) route alignment uses South Access Road, the Argall Business Estate and Lea Bridge Road to link St James Street with the London Borough of Hackney, instead of the current route alignment along Coppermill Lane and through the Lower Lea Valley. This change is being made due to accessibility and personal safety concerns within the Lower Lea Valley.

Strategic Cycle Network 

Funding has been secured from TfL’s LSP to complete the final phase of works to re-route Quietway 2 (rebranded as Cycleway 27) through the Coppermill area between St James Street and the borough boundary with Hackney. Since 2018 the Council has been developing and engaging on the proposed realignment and associated infrastructure improvements as part of the wider Coppermill Area Liveable Neighbourhood project, and the first phase of works in the Argall Industrial estate commenced in autumn 2019. 

Engagement and public consultation so far

  • In July 2018 we launched a perception survey to understand how residents, visitors and businesses felt about the area and how they travel around it. The results of this survey can be found in the useful information column on this page.
  • During the autumn of 2018 we piloted our first community comments signs, inviting residents and businesses to write their thoughts about seven key locations identified through the perception survey, and held a number of pop-up events in the area to speak with local people. We also hosted a led cycle ride and walk of the area.
  • In April 2019 we held two co-design workshops with local residents, businesses and accessibility groups where participants were able give their views on initial concepts for improvements.
  • On 24 June 2019 over 5000 leaflets were delivered to addresses within the scheme boundary, informing the local community of the public consultation and inviting them to participate. The consultation ran between 24 June 2019 and 14 July 2019 and was primarily hosted online via the digital engagement platform Commonplace, with hard copies available upon request. We publicised the consultation by a variety of methods such as flyers, local and social media; and during the consultation period we held two drop-in sessions for the local community to find out more about the scheme; 96 people attended the drop-in events in total.
  • You can view the consultation results in the Useful documents column named ‘Coppermill Improvements Update Leaflet’.


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Waltham Forest Council
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