Epping Forest Transport Action Group

EFTAG Cycling, part of the Epping Forest Transport Action Group, is the cycling campaign for Epping Forest.

We campaign for safer cycling facilities for all kinds of people on bikes, working with others to promote this healthy, convenient and cost-effective form of transport. We want a better cycling environment across the district: for getting to shops, schools or work, as well as for leisure cycling in and around the ancient forest.

More info at http://eftag.org.uk/cycling/

  • Consultation on cycling scheme for Waltham Cross

    Created by Clare Rogers // 1 thread

    Email from Highways England copied and pasted below:

    Dear consultee,

    I’m contacting you on behalf of the consultancy Atkins who are working with Highways England to investigate new cycle facilities in and around Waltham Cross. The routes are likely to comprise a range of facilities including segregated cycle tracks next to main roads, signed routes on quieter residential streets and, where necessary, some ‘traffic-free’ sections shared with pedestrians. Proposals are being considered to connect the town centre with other public rights of way and key sites including the following:

    • Waltham Cross Train Station
    • Theobalds Grove Train Station
    • the proposed Park Plaza development sites
    • the Cycle Enfield network

     The purpose of this consultation exercise is to gather the views of relevant local organisations on walking, cycling and horse-riding in the area around the scheme. We would like to hear any views you have on current conditions for walking, cycling and horse-riding in the local area affected by the proposals (shown in the attached local area map).

     This scheme is being investigated as part of Highways England’s ‘Designated Funds’ programme. The objectives of the programme include to:

    • maximise opportunities to deliver additional improvements as part of new road schemes
    • improve cycling facilities on, or near, the Highways England road network
    • reduce the impact of Highways England roads as a barrier to cycling

     Improvements in and around Waltham Cross have been chosen to act as strategic connections between key facilities such as transport interchanges and employment centres as well as existing public rights of way. These proposals are additional and independent to the Highways England M25 junction 25 Improvement Scheme. Whilst the proposals at M25 junction 25 are not part of this consultation, more information can be found on the Highways England website: https://highwaysengland.co.uk/projects/m25-junction-25-improvements/

     If you have any questions on the proposed Waltham Cross cycle route improvement scheme or any related issues, please ask. Otherwise, please could you reply to us with any views by Friday 3rd May.

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  • Redbridge LIP

    Created by Simon Still // 1 thread

    The Local Implementation Plan (LIP) sits underneath the Local Plan and sets out our commitments to make the changes outlined in the Local Plan a reality.

    This LIP also identifies how the London Borough of Redbridge will work with Transport for London (TfL) towards achieving the Mayor's Transport Strategy goals of:

    • Healthy Streets and healthy people
    • A good public transport experience
    • New homes and jobs

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  • Havering LIP

    Created by Simon Still // 1 thread

    Not clear that there is an explicit consultation for this.
    LIP link attached.
    Discussion thread added. level. This is known as a Local Implementation Plan. A Local Implementation Plan (LIP) is a statutory document prepared under Section 145 of the GLA Act. It represents a borough’s own transport strategy and is reviewed on an annual basis.

    This is the third LIP prepared by Havering and it aligns with the MTS published in March 2018 for the period up to 2041. The draft LIP explains how the borough will implement the transport elements of the draft London Plan, the Mayor’s Transport Strategy and other relevant Mayoral strategies. The draft LIP also takes into account Havering’s own plans and strategies, particularly the Havering Local Plan submitted in March 2018, and sets out the long term vision for transport in Havering up to 2041.

    The Council is undertaking a consultation exercise to seek the views of the public, local businesses and other interested parties. Responses will be taken into account when drafting the final LIP3 document to be submitted to TfL in early 2019.

    please email the Transportation Planning team: lip3@havering.gov.uk or write to:

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  • Markhouse area

    Created by Simon Munk // 1 thread

    From the council site:

    The Enjoy Waltham Forest programme is about making our streets work for everyone, and our borough a better place to live, work and travel around.

    The Markhouse Area is one of the residential areas we are investing in and it is the final residential scheme identified in our original funding bid to Transport for London. The Markhouse Area scheme aims to build on the changes already introduced in some of the neighbouring areas, including Walthamstow Village, Hoe Street-Wood Street Area and Leyton Town Centre, and will complement the improvements currently taking place along Lea Bridge Road and at Walthamstow Central.

    Summary of proposals

    The Markhouse Area scheme is framed by Hoe Street, Selbourne Road, Markhouse Road and Lea Bridge Road. The area consists of almost 5,000 households and businesses, and includes six schools, a children’s centre and learning centre, which are attended by more than 4,500 pupils.

    A key feature of the scheme involves returning the streets to local people by discouraging non-local traffic from cutting through the area, making the streets safer, quieter and more enjoyable for everyone. The scheme will help create a better environment for walking and cycling, will support the local economy by making the shopping experience more pleasant, and aims to improve the overall look and feel of the area with more greenery and planting, which the community can take pride and ownership of.

    The Markhouse Area scheme aims to:
    Reduce the non-local traffic
    Improve the look, feel and safety of the streets for everyone
    Improve routes to and from local schools, shops and places of interest
    Encourage people to use sustainable, active and healthy modes of transport.
    The proposals combine a mixture of timed and permanent road closures, traffic direction changes, safety improvements and environment enhancements. To ensure the proposed improvements are effective, some of them have been combined into Series of proposals. This is because the proposed improvements in each Series are reliant on each other to be effective and need to be delivered together.

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  • DfT Policy Paper - Inclusive Transport Strategy

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/inclusive-transport-strategy

    Lots of interesting stuff about inclusive transport regarding trains, buses, cars, public realm, streets and yes a bit about cycling too. Quotes:

    Shared Space:

    8.11 While we consider CIHT and DPTAC’s recommendations and how to take them
    forward, we are requesting that local authorities pause any shared space schemes
    incorporating a level surface they are considering, and which are at the design stage.
    We are also temporarily suspending Local Transport Note 1/11. This pause will allow
    us to carry out research and produce updated guidance.

    Objectives regarding Cycling:

    • Update Local Transport Note 2/08, which sets out the Department’s guidance to
    local authorities on designing safe and inclusive infrastructure for cyclists, to take
    account of developments in cycling infrastructure since its publication in 2008 and
    the responses to the draft AAP consultation and publish a revised version by early
    2019;
    • By 2020, explore the feasibility of amending legislation to recognise the use of
    cycles as a mobility aid71 in order to increase the number of disabled people
    cycling.

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  • Rate my route - software / app ideas anyone?

    Created by GG // 1 thread

    For a long time I have wondered about a crowd-sourced cycleability map.

    In this, people cycle along a link (accepting the first question of how to define the beginning and end of this) then give it a thumbs up or down. After enough people do this, then others can see how popular it is.
    Some people wonder about subjectivity but I think this should be less of a problem with more voters.

    The reason I am asking is because this method could apply to a potential commercial project for a Council which wants to drive around 100km of rural roads and use a panel of 4 experts to grade meaningful segments on a 1 to 7 scale according to their suitability for HGV movements.

    Any views on whether this is already done within an app I am not aware of, or could be it done by anyone as an add-on to something else, or is it something CamCycle could offer as a commercial package (there may well be more than one local authority looking for this sort of thing)

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  • Walthamstow Town Centre. Hoe Street

    Created by Simon Still // 2 threads

    "We’re working in partnership with Transport for London (TfL) to deliver a range of improvements to make the Hoe Street and Selborne Road junction a more attractive, safer and better transport interchange for all.

    "We've been working closely with TfL and Network Rail to install a new traffic bridge to replace the existing Victorian-era structure. The first stage of the bridge installation is now complete. This means that costly future maintenance work that would require total closure of the gyratory area, from the Selborne Road and Hoe Street junction to First Avenue, has been avoided. The Network Rail (former road bridge) is being converted into a public space.

    We're now asking local residents, businesses and road users to help us decide on the final look and feel of the public areas the project will create.

    The town centre transport improvements will improve journey times and overall reliability, increase access for pedestrians and cyclists, and create public green spaces to boost air quality.

    "The illustration below shows how the improvements could look:

    Hoe Street railway bridge: create a new public space with high quality surface finishes, seating, space for market stalls and kiosks, trees and planting.
    Hoe Street junction with Station Approach junction: new trees and plants in level and raised beds
    Hoe Street junction with First Avenue: enhanced public green space with new trees, seating and cycle parking.
    Hoe Street junction with St Mary Road: new accessible green space adjacent to an upgraded walking and cycling track towards Walthamstow Village.
    Plant new trees and a variety of plants to complement the existing species in the area, and improve air quality"

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  • A121 Goldings Hill to Wake Arms

    Created by George Lund // 0 threads

    The A121 is a fast road and the network currently proposed by the CAP lacks a connection from Loughton to the various forest route proposals that meet at the Wake Arms roundabout.

    There is an existing footway on the west side of the A121 but it is entirely inadequate even for pedestrians, being at the level of the main carriageway and in a poor state of repair.

    A properly made unsegregated shared use path would be appropriate for the low levels of pedestrian traffic on the route. This proposal would open up access to the forest to many potential cyclists from Loughton, as it would also connect to the Epping Forest (Corporation of London) trails at Furze Ground.

    At Baldwins Hill, cyclists coming from the Wake Arms toward Loughton can join that road and either cross Goldings Hill and continue into Loughton, or join the existing quiet route to Buckhurst Hill.

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