Issues

This section lists issues - problems on the street network and related matters.

Issues always relate to some geographical location, whether very local or perhaps city-wide.

You can create a new issue using the button on the right.

Listed issues, most recent first, limited to the area of Epping Forest Transport Action Group:

  • Romford 20mph zone

    Created by Simon Munk // 1 thread

    Havering council said:
    "We wrote to you on 21st October setting out a series of safety proposals for Romford town
    centre comprising of a 20mph zone for all streets within the Romford Ring Road (including
    some traffic calming measures) and some changes to road markings on various
    roundabouts on the Ring Road itself.
    We sent out over 2,500 letters to people in the area, but only received 8 responses with 4
    of these being from residents. This was reported to the Council’s Highways Advisory
    Committee on 6th December where the decision on the scheme was deferred in order for
    further discussions to take place with ward councillors.
    As a result of these discussions, it has been decided to provide a further period of
    consultation and any other comments received shall be reported to the Highways Advisory
    Committee on 7th February 2017.
    We would therefore like to extend the opportunity for you to provide any comments you
    may have to the postal address above, via our email address highways@havering.gov.uk
    or through an online form which we have provided at www.havering.gov.uk/consultations."

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  • The Drill Roundabout Havering

    Created by Simon Munk // 1 thread

    Havering council says:
    "Thanks to a grant of £100,000 from Transport for London Havering Council is planning on making a series of improvements to a busy roundabout in Romford.

    Four new zebra crossings and footway widening are proposed for the roundabout near Gidea Park station at the junction of Brentwood Road and Slewins Lane. The zebra crossings would improve pedestrian access around the junction by the Drill public house.

    The Council is now consulting on the plans. Letters have been sent to all homes and businesses in a radius of 10 minutes walk of the junction in parts of the Squirrels Heath, Emerson Park, Romford Town and Hylands wards. Information is also available on the consultations page of the Council’s website, www.havering.gov.uk.

    Subject to the outcome of the consultation and a decision of the Highways Advisory Committee on 7 February works could take place from the end of February until the end of March.

    Cllr Osman Dervish, The Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

    “The “Drill” roundabout operates reasonably well for motorists but it performs poorly for people walking. The pedestrian traffic islands are old, provide little waiting space, and are difficult to maintain. There are areas where the footways are narrow and there is a substantial amount of street clutter that we are proposing to clear up.”

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  • Forest Road - Palmerston Road to Hoe Street

    Created by Simon Munk // 1 thread

    Broadly this is a plan for fully segregated tracks on both sides of the road between Palmerston Road e17 and Hoe Street E17. It is the third Forest Road consultation and further detail can be found on the Commonplace website. Previous consultation results may be found on the www.enjoywalthamforest.co.uk microsite.
    This introduction from the Commonplace consultation website:
    "Creating a safer environment
    Results from our perception survey in May 2015 showed that 80 per cent of people who took part felt that some parts of Forest Road felt unsafe. To address this, we want to make a number of road safety improvements, to help you get about more easily."

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  • Highams Park Town Centre Mini-Holland consultation

    Created by Paul Gasson // 1 thread

    From the commonplace introduction:

    "Waltham Forest is changing and we want you to be part of it. Thanks to a funding pot of £27 million from Transport for London, we’re delivering the Mini-Holland Programme to make our streets fit for everyone to use, whether you walk, cycle, use public transport or drive.

    The Highams Park Town Centre scheme area has over 6,500 addresses and includes the area framed by North Circular Road, Hatch Lane, Woodford New Road and other minor roads. We want to make it easier for you to walk and cycle local journeys should you choose to. We also want to improve the look and feel of the area, making it an even more enjoyable place, boosting business and giving residents a sense of pride in their community."

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  • A12 Eastern Avenue at B177 Barley Lane and Hainault Road

    Created by Simon Munk // 1 thread

    TfL Overview

    Why are we proposing this?
    The A12 Eastern Avenue is a major strategic road on the Transport for London Road Network linking the A406 North Circular Road to the M25 and the east coast via Essex.
    Barley Lane is a large junction on the A12 in the local area of Little Heath, close to Redbridge College and King George Hospital in the London Borough of Redbridge.
    Currently, the only formal pedestrian crossing point at the junction is a footbridge over the A12 Eastern Avenue, to the west. This crossing is not step-free.
    There is a long-standing issue with traffic congestion at the junction, frequently highlighted by local residents and also staff and visitors to the nearby King George Hospital.
    We are proposing new signalised pedestrian and cyclist crossing facilities and road layout improvements at the A12 Eastern Avenue junction with B177 Barley Lane and Hainault Road.
    Our proposals intend to help traffic flow more smoothly, reduce delays experienced by right turning traffic at the junction, and make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the road.

    What we are proposing?

    Key features

    Improved traffic flow
    We want to reduce congestion and delays to traffic using the junction, in particular on the A12 Eastern Avenue eastbound and B177 Barley Lane northbound. We propose:
    - Changes to the road layout to lengthen the right-turn lane on the A12 eastbound approach. This would improve traffic flow, offering additional road space and increased capacity for vehicles. We would create space by cutting into the central reservation. This would require the removal of one tree, which would also improve the line of sight for traffic as it approaches the junction
    - New traffic signals (see pedestrian crossing improvements below) with optimised signal timings so that the whole junction can operate more efficiently
    - An additional green light stage in the traffic light sequence for vehicles turning right from Barley Lane, heading northbound
    - New white line-markings to provide clearer direction to vehicles.

    Pedestrian crossing improvements
    We want to make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the road at the junction in a safer and more direct way. We propose:
    - New signalised pedestrian crossings on each section of the junction, replacing all existing unsignalised crossing points. This would require the removal of pedestrian guardrail on the north western arm of the junction
    - The introduction of new shared pedestrian/cycle ‘Toucan’ crossings on the southern arm of the junction. The new crossings would link with the existing shared-use path
    - More pavement space on pedestrian islands
    - Footway resurfacing to improve the current poor pavement. Tactile paving would be installed at all crossing points

    Further information
    If this proposal goes ahead we would reduce the speed limit on the A12 Eastern Avenue through the junction from 50mph to 40mph for safety reasons. The reduced 40mph speed limit would span approximately 200 metres east and west of the centre of the junction, creating a safer environment for pedestrians and traffic.
    We also plan to have a general tidy up at the junction. This could include the replacement of some vehicle barriers and pedestrian guard-railing, relocation of street lighting and signage, and new planting on the central reserve.
    The existing pedestrian footbridge to the west of the junction would remain unchanged under this proposal.
    These proposals are part of our Road Modernisation Plan, which consists of hundreds of projects to make London's road network safer and more reliable.
    Subject to the outcome of this consultation, we hope to start works during summer 2017.

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  • Billet Road E17

    Created by Simon Munk // 1 thread

    The Council has successfully secured funding from Transport for London (TfL) to improve safety for all road users along the whole length of Billet Road. In the last 5 years a total of 62 accidents which involved injuries and fatalities were recorded making this a particular unsafe area within the Borough. The scheme aims to reduce accidents along the road whilst improving the overall safety for all road users.
    In September and October 2015, we sent a survey to local people asking them to identify problems along the road and to tell us what they would like to see to help improve road safety. The results of the survey showed that people were most concerned about crossing the road, getting around the area and not feeling safe when travelling along the road.
    The top improvements people would like to see were; slower traffic, safer crossing points, protected cycle lanes and better pavements.
    We also asked Emergency Services about the issues they faced and what they would like to see to help improve road safety.

    Proposals
    Based on the results of the survey and the feedback from Emergency Services we have
    developed a set of proposals that aim to make improvements for all road users:
    • Bus stop improvements to provide better access for passengers including disabled users.
    • Improve and raise the existing zebra and signal crossings.
    • A new raised zebra crossing on Billet Road near Cecil Road.
    • 20mph speed limit along Billet Road.
    • Better and energy efficient street lighting.
    • Tree planting and footway resurfacing along the road.
    • A new raised road table at Billet Road’s junction with Guildway to reduce traffic speed.
    • Two-way, fully segregated east and west cycle track.
    • New ‘floating’ style bus stop to improve safety for cyclists and bus passengers.
    • Raised areas at junctions that prioritise pedestrians and slow traffic down.
    • De-cluterring of street furniture such as removing redundant posts and signs along Billet Road and side road entrances.
    • Parking bays relocated at certain unsafe locations along the road to be converted to
    segregated cycle track. New parking bays will be provided nearby.
    • Various waiting and loading restriction at locations of concern to improve road safety
    and ensure smooth flow of traffic.
    • Anti-skid surface to help prevent vehicles from skidding.
    Please note there are also a number of locations on the road where future improvements works will be happening outside of this scheme. These are highlighted as ‘future improvement works’ on the plan.

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  • Leytonstone Town Centre mini-Holland

    These pages are publicly viewable and for cyclists to discuss consultation responses. Always make sure you *also* respond to the public consultation at its site too!

    Waltham Forest council says:

    Waltham Forest is changing and we want you to be part of it. Thanks to a funding pot of £27 million from Transport for London, we’re delivering the Mini-Holland Programme to make our streets fit for everyone to use, whether you walk, cycle, use public transport or drive.
    In 2014, nearly 900 people were injured on our roads 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 roads due to the school run. We need to do something about this so that everyone can get from A to B easily and safely.
    The Mini-Holland Programme is about making our streets work for everyone and our borough a better place to live, work and visit. By creating designated space for cycling, creating routes that better connect our town centres and redesigning some of our public areas we want to help families get about safely, cut down unnecessary traffic outside your home and work with businesses so that people want to spend time in our borough and get the most out of this once in a lifetime opportunity.

    How do I take part?
    We want everyone who lives and works in the local area to have their say on the scheme design and help shape the proposals. To help manage the consultation and feedback we receive, we are asking you to rate and comment on groups of proposals rather than individual measures, and to tell us what else you would like to see.
    Please read each proposal carefully, and tell us your thoughts on each one using the comment section at the bottom of each proposal page. Depending on how much you write, we expect the survey to take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

    What’s planned in Leytonstone Town Centre?
    We have four town centre schemes in the Mini-Holland Programme, one of which is Leytonstone. These schemes will better connect Chingford, Highams Park, Leyton and Leytonstone through key walking and cycling routes, making areas of the borough easier to get to for people who want to walk and cycle for local journeys. The town centre schemes will also improve the look and feel of these four key areas whilst linking in with the four Village schemes in Walthamstow, making them more enjoyable places to spend time and money, boosting business for our local economy and giving our residents a sense of pride in their borough.
    The Leytonstone Town Centre scheme area has over 8,000 addresses and lots of people currently walk and cycle through it to get to the High Road, Leytonstone Underground Station, Leytonstone High Road Rail Station, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Hollow Ponds. We’re planning to make improvements so that if you choose to walk or cycle it’s easier for you to get about. For example, we know that Grove Green Road is a key cycling route through Leytonstone, so we’re planning to improve this by creating segregated areas, where possible, making it safer and easier for people who cycle and vehicles to share the road.
    We’re also planning to install blended ‘Copenhagen’ style crossings on a series of side streets, which extend the pavement across the road, meaning vehicles need to give way to pedestrians and people on cycles. We recognise that there is a place for cars in our borough, but want to make our roads safer by creating junctions that encourage drivers to slow down and take extra care at key points. We’ll also be investing in new public spaces and improving how the area looks with plants and greenery, to encourage more people to spend their time and money in the area. The proposed design also includes a mix of road and traffic direction changes which are shown on the map below.

    What has happened so far?
    In June 2015, we sent a survey to all 8,000 addresses in the scheme area to understand your concerns and aspirations and what you want to see in your local area. Over 340 people responded, providing over 440 individual comments, which we analysed and used to shape the next stage of the plans.
    This feedback helped create an early design which was presented to over 60 residents who attended our codesign workshops in September and October 2015. During these workshops local residents and businesses told us their views of the proposed design to help us make sure this scheme fits everyone’s needs. We have been speaking to key stakeholders (including the emergency services and schools) to make sure the design enables them to do their important work.
    We will continue to engage with these groups as the scheme progresses through to final design and completion. We have also used information about traffic movements and traffic survey data to design a scheme that benefits all road users. More information about this design is detailed in these proposals and we are asking for your views on it.

    What happens next?
    All of the feedback received will be grouped, carefully analysed and used to shape the final design. Where there are elements of the scheme that are not well supported by residents and businesses, we will look at these again. Where it’s possible to make changes based on your comments and suggestions we will, and where we can’t we will explain why.
    A summary of the results and feedback will be sent to everyone who took part after the public consultation stage has ended. This will set out the results and how they have been used to help shape the final design. This will also be available on the website for everyone to see.
    Before we get to the design stage, Transport for London (TfL) will also need to approve the plans as the funders of the Mini-Holland Programme.

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  • Leyton Town Centre mini-Holland

    Created by Simon Munk // 1 thread

    These pages are publicly viewable and for cyclists to discuss consultation responses. Always make sure you *also* respond to the public consultation at its site too!

    Waltham Forest council says:
    Waltham Forest is changing and we want you to be part of it. Thanks to a funding pot of £27 million from Transport for London, we’re delivering the Mini-Holland Programme to make our streets fit for everyone to use, whether you walk, cycle, use public transport or drive.
    In 2014, nearly 900 people were injured on our roads 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 roads due to the school run; we need to do something about it so that everyone can get from A to B safely.
    The Mini-Holland Programme is about making our streets work for everyone and our borough a better place to live, work and visit. By creating designated space for cycling, creating routes that better connect our town centres and redesigning some of our public areas we want to help families get about safely, cut down unnecessary traffic outside your home, and work with businesses so that people want to spend time in our borough and get the most out of this once in a lifetime opportunity.

    Giving your views on the proposed designs
    We want everyone who lives and works in the local area to have their say on the scheme design and help shape the proposals.
    To help manage the consultation and feedback we receive, we are asking you to rate and comment on groups of proposals rather than individual measures, and to tell us what else you would like to see.
    The proposals for the Leyton Town Centre scheme include improving some of the public spaces with plants, trees and public art, changing the way vehicles access some roads to reduce unnecessary traffic outside people’s homes, new and improved crossings to help people who walk and cycle, traffic direction changes and road safety improvements.
    As some of these changes are linked they need to be introduced together, so we have grouped them and are asking for your views by group or ‘series’ of proposals. For example, a new public space with plants, trees and seating may only be possible if access to a road is changed, making it open only to people walking and cycling.
    Please read each proposal carefully, and tell us your thoughts on each one using the comment section at the bottom of each proposal page. Depending on how much you write, we expect the survey to take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

    What’s planned in Leyton Town Centre?
    We have four town centre schemes in the Mini-Holland Programme, one of which is Leyton. These schemes will better connect Leyton, Leytonstone, Chingford and Highams Park, making it easier for people to walk and cycle for local journeys with new and improved walking and cycling routes. The town centre schemes will also improve the look and feel of these key areas whilst linking in with the four Village schemes in Walthamstow, making them more enjoyable places, boosting business for our local economy and giving our residents a sense of pride in their borough.
    The Leyton Town Centre scheme area includes over 11,000 addresses and people walk and cycle through it to get to Leyton Underground Station, Leyton Midland Road Rail Station, the Olympic Park, Westfield shopping centre as well as local shops and amenities.
    We’re planning to make a range of improvements to the area, from reducing the amount of non-local traffic using local streets where residents like you live, to better walking and cycling routes to help you get around more easily and safely if you choose to walk or cycle. We’ll also be investing in new public spaces and improving how the area looks, with new plants and greenery, to encourage more people to spend their time in the area. The proposed design also includes a mix of road and traffic changes which are outlined on the map.

    In June 2015, we sent a survey to all addresses in the scheme area to understand your concerns and how we can use this Mini-Holland funding to deliver what you want in your local area. Over 500 people took part, providing over 690 individual comments which we analysed and used to shape the next stage of the plans.
    This feedback helped create an early design, which we presented to 41 residents as well as businesses that came to our co-design workshops in October 2015. During these workshops you told us what you thought of the proposed design, which has helped develop the scheme.
    We have been speaking to key stakeholders, including the emergency services and schools, to make sure the design enables them to do their important work day to day. We will continue to engage with these groups as the scheme progresses through to final design and completion. We have also used information about traffic movements and traffic survey data to design a scheme that will benefit all road users. More information about this design is detailed in these proposals and we are asking for your views on it.

    What happens next?
    All of the feedback received will be grouped, carefully analysed and used to shape the final design.
    Where there are elements of the scheme that are not well supported by residents and businesses, we will look at these again. Where it’s possible to make changes based on your comments and suggestions we will, and where we can’t we will explain why. A summary of the results and feedback will be sent to everyone who took part after the public consultation stage has ended. This will set out the results and how they have been used to help shape the final design. This will also be available on the website for everyone to see.
    Before we get to the design stage, Transport for London (TfL) will also need to approve all of our plans as the funders of the Mini-Holland programme.

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  • Progressing the LCC 2014 election campaign 'asks'

    This issue is intended to act a repository for material that can be used to back-up the LCC's 2014 Local Election Campaign 'Asks'. There are 6 'asks' that were finalised and agreed at the LCC's AGM on 19 October 2013:

    1. Safe routes to schools
    2. Areas without through motor traffic (AWTTs)
    3. Protected space on main roads/major junctions
    4. Safe cycle routes via parks and canals (Greenways)
    5. 20mph speed limits
    6. Liveable town centres

    so we'll have 6 threads under this Cyclescape issue where we can collect explanations, discussions and most importantly concrete illustrations of what is meant by each ask.

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  • Forest rd (The Bell)

    Created by Gerhard Weiss // 0 threads

    To be tackled as part of a junction improvement scheme. This should be a good opportunity for place led design.

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  • Forest rd (Wolesey ave-Bromley rd)

    Created by Gerhard Weiss // 1 thread

    Plans for a new scheme can be found here http://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/Documents/Forest%20Rd%20-%20Consultation%20Leaflet.pdf

    We have met with an engineer on site and generally agreed with the principle: proper cycle lane uphill but no cycle lane down hill, removal of pinch points, raised zebras 2 wide lanes outside William Morris with removal of pinch points, no real change further east before The bell junction will be improved.

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