Forest Road: Blackhorse & Hoe St (Bell) junctions, & Ferry Lane consultations
Between 2010 and 2014 there were 181 collisions on Forest Road and air pollution in Waltham Forest is on the increase. At peak times of the day, we have up to 6,000 extra cars on our borough’s roads due to the school run making our roads more congested than ever before. We need to do something about this so that everyone can get from A to B easily and safely.
What’s planned for Forest Road?
The Mini-Holland Programme is made up of a network of walking and cycling routes, one of which is Forest Road. These routes aim to better connect areas within the borough such as our town centres and residential areas, making it easier for people to walk and cycle for local journeys. The routes also help connect Waltham Forest to our neighbouring boroughs, attracting visitors and boosting business for our local economy.
Forest Road is a busy route used by up to 17,000 vehicles daily, and is home to around 3,600 residents and 340 businesses. It connects Woodford New Road to Ferry Lane, and is an important walking and cycling route to help people get to work and places like the William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Walthamstow Wetlands and the Blackhorse Lane regeneration area.
Forest Road is one of our walking and cycling routes. We want to improve its junctions to make them easier and safer for people who choose to walk and cycle for local journeys. We also want to strengthen connections between our town centres and neighbouring areas to attract visitors and boost business for our local economy.
Over the last few years Forest Road has seen a 56 per cent increase in people cycling to get around. To make this road safer for all road users we’re planning to make the following improvements:
Upgrade all major junctions.
Improve and create new pedestrian and cycle crossings to make the area safer and more accessible to people who walk and cycle.
Upgrade and relocate bus stops to bring bus facilities up to Transport for London’s standards and make it easier for disabled people and people with push chairs to get on and off buses.
Introduce new blended ‘Copenhagen’ crossings at all side road junctions, giving pedestrians a continuous pavement rather than a traditional kerb that they need to wait at before crossing the side road. These crossings encourage vehicles to slow down when entering and exiting the side road, ensuring that pedestrians or people cycling have right of way, as per the Highway Code.
Create segregated cycle lanes which create separate, designated space for cycling - making it safer and easier for cycles and vehicles to share the road.
Invest in new public spaces, making Forest Road more enjoyable to use, and benefitting residents, businesses and visitors to the area.
What has happened so far?
In May 2015, we sent a survey to all addresses in the scheme area and spoke with local businesses to understand your concerns and how we can use the Mini-Holland funding to deliver what you want in your local area.
Over 301 residents and 52 businesses took part, providing over 540 individual comments. The results can be found at http://www.enjoywalthamforest.co.uk/work-in-your-area/forest-road.
Since this survey, we have also been looking at important information about how Forest Road is used including traffic flow, collision statistics and public transport. By using this information as well as your ideas and feedback, we are aiming to create a scheme that makes it easier for people to get around without negatively impacting traffic flow in general.
We have been speaking to key stakeholders including the emergency services to make sure the proposals work for them, and we will continue to engage with them as the scheme progresses.
To help manage the design and consultation of the Forest Road scheme effectively, we have split the route into sections. By doing this we are able to spend more time finding out what local people think of the designs near to them, so that the finished road reflects what people want. By doing things in stages, we can also minimise the impact on residents when construction takes place.
We previously consulted on three sections of Forest Road – Ferry Lane (Walthamstow Wetlands), Blackhorse Road junction to Palmerston Road and Palmerston Road to Hoe Street. Construction of the Ferry Lane (Walthamstow Wetlands) section was completed in 2016, and works on Blackhorse Road junction to Palmerston Road section is currently ongoing and almost complete. Construction of the Palmerston Road to Hoe Street section will commence later in 2017. More information on these schemes can be found at http://www.enjoywalthamforest.co.uk/work-in-your-area/forest-road/.
Separate issues have been created for the Ferry Lane to Forest Rd/Blackhorse Rd junction, and the Hoe St junction consultations]