Ruckholt Road

Ruckholt Road is a busy road with about 24,500 vehicles using it every day including approximately 1,000 cyclists. The route is growing in popularity among commuter and leisure cyclists that enjoy the world class sports and leisure facilities and parks that we now have on our doorstep.

Ruckholt Road runs east to west from the borough boundary with Hackney to High Road Leyton. The section of Ruckholt Road the scheme refers to is between Temple Mills Lane and High Road Leyton.

A number of improvements were made to the route in preparation for the Olympic Games. Further development will take place this year to make access to the north of the park even safer, easier and more pleasant for people travelling from Leyton and beyond.

The scheme aims to:

  • greatly enhance the area by providing new public spaces to enjoy
  • reduce car journeys by making cycling and walking a more appealing option
  • increase journeys made by bicycle to achieve a modal share of 10 per cent
  • make it safer and more accessible for pedestrians.

Proposed improvements

The improvements to Ruckholt Road include a number of new public spaces with more trees and places to enjoy along the road. The improvements will benefit those travelling on foot, by bike or public transport by providing better crossing facilities, segregated tracks for cyclists and improved stops and waiting facilities for bus passengers.


Public consultation for the Ruckholt Road improvements took place between 5 and 26 November 2014 and enabled us to find out what residents, businesses and road users in the area thought about the proposed improvements.

737 consultation documents were hand delivered to residents in the area, and three drop-in sessions held. In total 1077 consultation documents were distributed and 107 were completed.

The questionnaires returned showed that:

  • 73.8 per cent of respondents were very supportive or quite supportive of the scheme
  • 18.7 per cent of respondents were not supportive at all or not very supportive

Thank you for all of the feedback received and questionnaires completed, this information has informed the final design for Ruckholt Road.

Your comments:

"It's great to see an ambitious, high quality scheme being proposed right in my local area and I am sure it will be a significant improvement"

"Parking already is a problem; scheme will reduce parking and cause arguments between neighbours…"

"…removal of right hand turn at York Road will create traffic queues; removing access from York Road will make longer journeys for residents…"

"You need the shared user space concept to be understood and not confused."

"On armadillos... I have doubts about how long they will last, but they have some advantages and it would be good to get them trialed in Waltham Forest."

"Cycle traffic lights would be beneficial throughout"

"I fully support your proposals, they will allow safer access to the Olympic Park for all those who are not in cars, promoting exercise and will make the environment pleasant for residents of Waltham Forest."

What happens next?

Improvements to Ruckholt Road are taking place between March and August 2015. The work will be completed in stages to keep disruption in the area to a minimum.

Summary of the work is as follows:

Area Start dateEnd date
Marshall Road/ Orient Way areaMarch 2015May 2015
York Road junction areaMay 2015July 2015
Oliver Road junction areaJuly 2015Aug 2015

Work update

Update as of 14 May 2015

  • Construction is underway at the Marshall Road/Ruckholt Road junction.
  • Contractors have built out the existing kerb over the existing hatched area of the Marshall Road carriageway, which will shorten the pedestrian/cyclists crossing distance and create a larger green space to enhance the appearance of the junction.
  • The existing pedestrian crossing point from Ruckholt Close across Marshall Way is closed, and a temporary crossing is in place nearby. The crossing over Ruckholt Road by Orient Way is also closed until the new cycle/pedestrian path is complete. We advise the public to use the existing crossing by the bridge when crossing over Ruckholt Road to/from the Orient Way junction.
  • Contractors have begun construction of the realigned and improved pedestrian/cycle path, which will lead to a new ped/cycle crossing point over Marshall Road and an improved ped/cycle crossing over Ruckholt Road.
  • The large staircase is currently closed for works to the enlarged landing area abutting Marshall Road, and the creation of the new footway.
  • Construction on the rest of the route will commence once key works are completed at the Marshall Road junction.

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