Scarborough Road Area Traffic Reduction Proposals
Waltham Forest Council is committed to creating streets and neighbourhoods that are safe, attractive, and actively encourage walking, cycling and the use of public transport.
The Council previously consulted on and introduced a number of road safety and traffic management measures in response to concerns from residents of Scarborough Road and Cavendish Drive in 2018 and 2019. This included restricting the left-turns into Scarborough Road and Southwest Road from Grove Green Road between 7am to 7pm each day.
Whilst this has significantly reduced the amount of traffic using Scarborough Road and Cavendish Drive to travel Northbound between Grove Green Road and Hainault Road, the Council has continued to receive concerns from the local community about the volume, speed and impact of traffic in Scarborough Road and Cavendish Drive, as well as some parts of the surrounding area including Bulwer Road, Southwest Road, Drayton Road, Avebury Road, and Hawbridge Road.
A set of further proposals have therefore been developed to help address some of these concerns. The proposals aim to remove the ability for motor vehicles to use Scarborough Road and Cavendish Drive in either direction between Hainault Road and Grove Green Road, via the introduction of a modal filter. A modal filter is point closure for motor vehicles to prevent through traffic using a street. People walking, cycling and wheeling can pass through the modal filter, and all properties remain accessible by motor vehicle.
The proposal includes a modal filter by No.7 Scarborough Road, which is located close to the southern junction of Scarborough Road and Cavendish Drive. At the same time, existing 7am to 7pm left-turn restriction from Grove Green Road to Scarborough Road is proposed to be removed
This consultation also includes the option for a modal filter at the junction of Hawbridge Road and Bulwer Road. The installation of this modal filter would be considered after monitoring the impact of the Scarborough Road and Cavendish Drive restrictions.
Full details of the proposal can be viewed here.
SCARBOROUGH ROAD CAVENDISH ROAD MODAL FILTER
A modal filter, is proposed at the southern junction of Scarborough Road and Cavendish Drive. This would include a traffic restriction that prevents motorised vehicles from travelling through the area while maintaining access for emergency service vehicles and essential Council services such as waste collection.
The modal filter would help reduce the amount of traffic in the area, reduce noise and pollution, and provide safer streets for people to walk and cycle along. Access through the modal filter would be permitted for people walking, cycling, wheeling, and the emergency services where required. Modal filters can often include new trees, planting, or communal areas, which are often adopted and maintained by the local community. The modal filter design is however subject to engagement with the emergency services (Police, Fire Brigade and Ambulances) as they may request that the modal filter is camera enforced rather than a physical restriction.
The traffic restriction would apply at all times and can be camera enforced. Any vehicles contravening the restriction would be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice charged at £130, which is reduced to £65 if paid within 14 days. Residents would not be exempt from this restriction but all properties in the area will remain accessible for motor vehicles from either Hainault Road or Grove Green Road.
REMOVAL OF 7am-7pm LEFT-TURN RESTRICTION FROM GROVE GREEN ROAD TO SCARBOROUGH ROAD
To ensure access is maintained for all properties (residents and businesses) in the section of Scarborough Road between Grove Green Road and the proposed modal filter, the current 7am-7pm left-turn restriction from Grove Green Road would be removed.
MODAL FILTER ON THE JUNCTION OF HAWBRIDGE ROAD AND BULWER ROAD
The proposed modal filter at the junction of Hawbridge Road and Bulwer Road would further reduce any through-traffic in the area. The installation of this modal filter would be considered after monitoring the impact of the Scarborough Road and Cavendish Drive restrictions. The monitoring would include traffic surveys to measure the traffic flows and vehicle turning movements.
To participate in this consultation and provide feedback on all the proposals, residents can complete the questionnaire received by post, and return it by using the attached prepaid envelope to reach us by Monday 28 November 2022
You can also send your feedback via email to Enjoy@walthamforest.gov.uk.
We will consider all responses received and the feedback will be reviewed as part of the decision-making process.
If you need any further information or clarification on the proposals, please contact us
By email: Enjoy@walthamforest.gov.uk
By post: Enjoy Team, Waltham Forest Council, Low Hall Depot, London, E10 7AS
Once the consultation process has been completed, we will update you with a summary of the consultation feedback and further details on the next steps.