Newham and Waltham Forest Low Traffic Neighbourhoods
The London Boroughs of Newham and Waltham Forest have been working together over the past 18 months, developing and submitting funding bids to Transport for London (TfL) for improvements in the Forest Gate, Maryland and South Leytonstone area.
A proposed Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) was included in the 2018 and 2019 joint-borough TfL Liveable Neighbourhoods bids, however due to the Covid-19 pandemic TfL has suspended and redirected funding towards emergency interventions to support social distancing.
Even though the Liveable Neighbourhoods funding is currently suspended, both boroughs have allocated funding towards the LTN as part of their commitment to delivering better streets for walking and cycling.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there is an even more urgent need to improve London’s streets for walking and cycling, 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.
To prevent this from happening, we partnered up with LBN to introduce an experimental Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) in August 2020 in the Forest Gate, Maryland and South Leytonstone areas. This area is referred to as Area 1 and Area 2 and is bounded by Crownfield Road, Cann Hall Road, Dames Road, Woodgrange Road, Forest Lane, Leytonstone Road and Leyton Road. We are now extending this scheme further in South Leytonstone into the areas bounded by Ferndale Road, Montague Road, Harrow Road, Cann Hall Road, Crownfield Road, High Road Leyton, the A12 and Cathall Road (which we are referring to as Area 3 and Area 4).
These LTN schemes were included in the 2018 and 2019 joint-borough TfL Liveable Neighbourhoods bids and were developed taking into consideration feedback from the community engagement that took place during each bid process. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, TfL suspended the Liveable Neighbourhoods programme and redirected funding towards emergency interventions to support social distancing and enable active travel. Even though the Liveable Neighbourhoods funding is currently suspended, both boroughs allocated funding towards the LTN Area 1 and Area 2 as part of their commitment to delivering better streets for walking and cycling.
Since launching Area 1 and Area 2 Waltham Forest Council has secured funding from TfL’s London Streetspace Plan (LSP) to deliver Area 3 and Area 4 of the LTN scheme, to ensure we deliver a scheme that will benefit the wider South Leytonstone area.
For more information on the LTNs and to give your feedback please visit walthamforestltn.commonplace.is