Woodford New Road

What’s planned for Woodford New Road?

Following substantial completion of our Lea Bridge Road corridor improvement scheme, including the transformative redesign of Whipps Cross Roundabout, we are now looking to extend our walking and cycling infrastructure along Woodford New Road. This aims to make travelling through the area on foot and by bike even easier and safer. Our Lea Bridge Road improvements provide continuous protected space for people walking and cycling from the borough boundary with Hackney to Whipps Cross. We want to extend this to the borough boundary with Redbridge, in order to provide a continuous east-west route connecting one side of the borough to the other.

Running from Snaresbrook Road to the Waterworks Roundabout (A406), this part of Woodford New Road is used by a significant number of vehicles every day, many of which travel at high speeds. This can result in a hostile environment for all road users, particularly those walking and cycling. We want to improve this section of Woodford New Road so that walking and cycling are easier, safer and more convenient, while also reducing vehicle speeds for the benefit of all road users.

As part of the scheme we will be making the following changes:

  • Introducing protected cycling and walking facilities on Woodford New Road between Snaresbrook Road and Forest Road to connect into the recent changes at Whipps Cross. This will involve introducing a two-way cycle track on the western side of Woodford New Road. All access to off-street parking facilities will be maintained
  • Maintaining and extending the current southbound mandatory cycle lane on the eastern side of Woodford New Road to Oakhurst Gardens
  • Upgrading all bus stops along Woodford New Road so that they are fully accessible. The new bus stop designs will be similar to those introduced along Lea Bridge Road
  • Reducing the width of the road to slow vehicle speeds, while maintaining traffic capacity
  • Introducing new waiting and loading restrictions along Woodford New Road. The new restrictions will be as follows:
    • No waiting or loading ‘At Any Time’ parking restrictions on Woodford New Road between Forest Rise/Snaresbrook Road and No.1 Woodford Gardens
  • The existing coach parking bays on Woodford New Road will remain
  • Extend the existing clearway on Woodford New Road southwards to 20 Woodford New Road
  • Introduce new loading only (7pm – 7am) restrictions between 1-16 Woodford Gardens
  • Introducing a new blended ‘Copenhagen’ crossing at St Peter’s Avenue to compliment the ones recently introduced in Oakhurst Gardens and Forest Rise. Copenhagen crossings involve extending the pavement across the road giving pedestrians priority over motor vehicles at these junctions, helping to enforce he Highway Code
  • Where possible the Council will look to introduce more trees and greenspace, making the area a more enjoyable place that people will want to use.

Drawings of the plans can be viewed by clicking on the Useful Documents links at the side of this page.

What happens next?

A statutory consultation will take place, which will last for 21 days, starting from today. In which the Council will be advertising the necessary Traffic Management Order (TMO) changes and publicising these in the East London & West Essex Guardian and London Gazette, along with notices on-street in accordance with legal requirements.

Subject to the outcome of the TMO consultation process, the works set out in this letter could take place from late November 2019, with a proposed completion time of spring 2020.

Strategic Cycle Network

Funding has been secured from the DfT’s Emergency Active Travel Fund (Tranche 1) to further extend the Lea Bridge Road and Woodford New Road segregated cycle route (Cycleway 23) to the borough boundary with Redbridge, using light segregation cycle route infrastructure. The planned scheme, once complete, will provide an uninterrupted, fully segregated cycle route through the middle of the borough from Hackney in the west to Redbridge in the east. Works are scheduled to start in early August 2020 and a notification letter will be sent to affected residents and businesses shortly.


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