Waltham Forest’s Streetspace

Supporting you to walk and cycle during lockdown

As part of our response to the Coronavirus pandemic we are investigating and delivering a range of measures on our road network to respond to social distancing requirements, help people to use our streets more safely, particularly those walking and cycling, and further support and enable active travel in the short to medium term. We are working in partnership with TfL to support their London Streetspace scheme.

Footway Parking Suspensions

As part of the first stage of planned works the council has identified a number of areas where footway parking bays will be suspended to enable people to follow social distancing guidelines. These temporary parking suspensions have been chosen in town centres and shopping areas to support people to continue to take their daily exercise or to shop for essential items, such as food or medicines.

Sites that have Footway Parking Suspensions:

High Road Leytonstone: Green Man roundabout to Cann Hall Road/Crownfield Road
Church Lane, Leytonstone
Wood Street
Cann Hall Road
Higham Hill Road
Palmerston Road
Forest Road
Hainault Road
Hoe Street


Temporary Footway widening

The Council is investigating a range of other locations where footways could be temporary widened by reclaiming space from the carriageway. In some instances this could involve suspending carriageway parking bays or waiting/loading provision. As above, the priority locations we are investigating at present are those around town centres, shopping areas and areas of high footfall or anticipated queuing. Where space is being reclaimed from the carriageway temporary barriers and/or traffic management controls will be put in place to help protect users.

Sites with localised pavement widening and parking/waiting/loading bays:

Higham Hill between Gloucester Road and Hetcham Place
James Lane between Hospital Road and Clare Road (side adjacent to Whipps Cross hospital)
Winchester Road – Between Cavendish Road and Selwyn Avenue on the opposite side of the road
Grove Green Road – between Rhodesia Road and Hampton Road

Strategic Cycle Network

Despite current uncertainty around future funding we are actively looking at where we can continue to expand our strategic cycle network in the short term, potentially using lower cost design approaches and materials such as mandatory cycle lanes and light segregation infrastructure (Wands, Armadillos, Orcas, etc). Further information will be provided once more detailed investigations have been completed and potential funding opportunities confirmed

Low Traffic Streets

Prior to Covid-19 we consulted on and subsequently approved a number of Low Traffic Neighbourhood Schemes within the borough. We are currently exploring options around how we can continue to deliver these schemes in light of funding uncertainties. This may mean using alternative materials and lower cost approaches in the interim to deliver the key benefits to residents. Alongside this we are also looking at a number of other roads and areas which could benefit from lower levels of traffic to help support social distancing and active travel


Further investigation

The Council is investigating a number of other locations where footway and/or carriageway parking could be suspended and footways temporary widened, as well as a range of other temporary or interim interventions that could be delivered over the coming weeks and months to support residents and businesses going about their daily activities. Further updates will be available as these measures are progressed.

We want to hear from you

To provide your suggestions on areas in the borough where you think we could investigate social distancing measures please visit: https://walthamforestcovidresponse.commonplace.is/

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