Liveable Neighbourhoods – Coppermill

Waltham Forest Council successfully secured funding from Transport for London as part of its Liveable Neighbourhoods programme, to enhance the Coppermill area and make it easier and safer for people to get around on foot, by bike or public transport.

The Coppermill area is bounded by Forest Road and the Walthamstow Wetlands to the north, Blackhorse Road, St James Street and Markhouse Road as far as Saint Saviour’s Church to the east and the Lower Lea Valley Park to the west.

In the July 2018 we launched a perception survey to understand how residents, visitors and businesses felt about the area and how they travel around it. The results of this survey can be found in the box to the right.

During the autumn of 2018 we piloted our first community comments signs,
inviting residents and businesses to write their thoughts about seven key
locations identified through the perception survey, and held a number of
pop-up events in the area to speak with local people. We also hosted a led
cycle ride and walk of the area.

In April 2019 we held two co-design workshops with local residents, businesses and accessibility groups where participants were able give their views on initial concepts for improvements.  

How to get involved

For the past 12 months we have been engaging with residents, businesses, local accessibility groups and key stakeholders to find out what they would like to see improved. Based on this feedback we have created a set of proposals for the area. We are now starting a public consultation on the proposals and want everyone who lives or works in the area to have their say to help shape the final improvements. There are a number of ways you can participate in the public consultation which starts on Monday 24 June and ends on Sunday 14 July.

You can submit your views online through the consultation website Commonplace.

Alternatively, a hard copy of the consultation document and questionnaire can be requested by emailing or calling 020 8496 3000.

We are holding two informal drop-in sessions where you can talk to us about the plans on:

• Saturday 29 June, 10am – 12pm at Blackhorse Road Baptist Church, 65 Blackhorse Road, Walthamstow, E17 7AS

• Wednesday 3 July, 6pm – 8pm at The Mill Community Centre, 7–11 Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow, E17 7HA

We are also holding a number of specific events for business and accessibility groups in the area. 

If you would like to attend please email 

Coppermill Lane trials

Throughout May 2019 we trialed two potential new road layouts on a section of Coppermill Lane for two weeks each, to establish whether proposed changes will make the street safer for pedestrians and cyclists, and meet the needs of local businesses. 

Picture of a sign and temporary traffic bollards in the middle of the highway

Trial 1 on Coppermill Lane

This first trial was a version of a "Cycle Street" which separated the two lanes of traffic with a physical barrier, during this temporary trial this was created with traffic "wands". This allowed cyclists to adopt a central position in the road and prevents motor vehicles from overtaking, unless within a designated passing space.

This trial was in place for two weeks, then it was dismantled and a second trial installed on 20 May, for a further two weeks.

The second trial saw the road narrowed, providing additional space for pedestrians. This was created through temporary kerbs and the use of the traffic wands. Passing spaces were provided in the design.

To share your views on the Coppermill Lane trials you could leave your comments on the Community Comments boards which were placed at either end of the trial section. We were also onsite to gather the views of road users during this time.

Essex Road public space improvements

We have identified a number of improvements that we would like to progress in advance of the main scheme, particularly those that build on the previous work we have done in the area over the last 12 to 18 months.

Following a successful drop-in event in Essex Road in May we are taking forward our plans to extend the public space improvements from the north side of the Essex Road railway bridge through to the south side, as well as improving the current junction layout with South Access Road.

Work will begin on Monday 1 July 2019 on Essex Road junction with Lynmouth Road. When the majority of these works are complete we will move on to improving the junction with South Access Road.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about the Coppermill Area Liveable Neighbourhoods programme please email 

To keep up to date with events please keep visiting this page or sign up to the Coppermill blog, where you can receive updates directly via email.