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 as part of the London Streetspace Programme.
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
Cann Hall Road
Higham Hill Road
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.
On 03 June 2020, TfL confirmed funding from the London Streetspace Programme for the final phase of works to realign Quietway 2 (Cycle Way 27) through the Coppermill area between St James Street and the borough boundary with Hackney. Over the past 2 years 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. This funding will enable all of the outstanding improvements along the new route to be introduced and we will be updating affected residents and businesses in the coming weeks on our programme.
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
On 03 June 2020, TfL also confirmed Streetspace Programme funding to support delivery of the approved Coppermill and Hilltop projects. The amount of funding being provided by TfL as part of the Streetspace programme is significantly less than the Council was originally expecting for these projects, particularly the Coppermill Area, and so we are having to prioritise which measures we take forward in these areas with the funding available. We will also need to look at lower cost design and materials approaches, again particularly in the Coppermill area. We will be updating residents and businesses in these areas over the next few weeks with further details on our final plans and programme
The Council is also progressing the approved Markhouse Series 4 project, and residents and businesses will be contacted shortly with further details on the final plans and programme for construction. As with the schemes above, some prioritisation has been necessary in light of the current financial situation, and more details will be provided in the upcoming resident update leaflet.
Further investigation and funding bids
The council is investigating a wide range of other locations where measures such as parking bay suspensions and temporary footway widening, low traffic streets and improved cycle routes could be delivered over the coming weeks and months to support residents and businesses going about their daily activities. As part of this process the Council has been applying for further funding from TfL’s Streetspace Programme as well as the first tranche of the Department for Transport’s Emergency Active Travel Fund, announced on 9th May 2020. Further updates will be available as these ongoing investigations and funding bids progress.
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/