Construction update

Update 09.01.19

Resurfacing Section F

Following the completion of the segregated cycle lanes in section F, Lea Bridge Road will be closed for overnight resurfacing works between Knotts Green Road and Leyton Green Road on Wednesday 16 January to Friday 18 January.

Whipps Cross Interchange update

Later this month the Whipps Cross roundabout will be converted to a fully signalised T-junction for Lea Bridge Road, Woodford New Road and Whipps Cross Road.

From Saturday 19th January motorists will start using the new signalled junction, and buses will begin to use the new interchange area, allowing workers to complete the remaining works surrounding the new road layout including segregated cycle lanes on all sides of the intersection as well as new green spaces, including an extension to Epping Forest, by the spring.

Below is a plan of how the new road layout will look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Update 15.08.18

Lea Bridge Road, Whipps Cross update

Carriageway base area within the roundabout complete with  footways in the central island also complete to basecore with lamp columns also installed. The sewer connection in Whipps Cross Rd has been completed and the signal installation has been signed off by TFL. Wood St island gullies have been installed and there will be possible Thames Water Utilities diversions, despite a C2 inquiry as unforeseen pipes have been discovered which may cause delays.

Cycle Track and footway (to the right in picture under construction). To enable Phase 3 to progress it will be necessary to install ductwork across the existing carriageways. Due to severely reduced amount of traffic at the moment it is proposed reduce the roundabout to one lane for a period of days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update 15.08.18

Lea Bridge Road update

Work is progressing well along Lea Bridge Road with a breakdown of detailed sections below:

Section A

  • Construction of northern cycleway between bus stop outside Riding School and Rigg Approach in progress. Due to cover to bridge deck steel edging delineation between footway and cycletrack will be used.
  • Southern side completed other than outside TWU site.

Junction 1

  • Central island removed and reduced to formation level, kerb drainage installed.
  • Concrete sub base upcoming.

Section B

  • Surfacing outside Aldi to be included with current works at Junction 2.

Junction 2

  • Paving near clock substantially complete.
  • Currently surfacing carriageway. 1st night postponed. Tue night surface course to eastbound lane completed to signals before Salcombe Rd.
  • Meeting held to look at concerns for left turning lorries. Swept path indicates no problem but will monitor the situation.

Section C

  • Constructing blended crossing oat Rochdale Rd, with positive engagement from Mosque.
  • Signals between Shortlands and Melbourne commissioned.
  • Constructing southern cycleway and footway between Whitney and Vicarage.
  • Site inspection held with parking and ANPR cameras to enforce banned turns to be ordered.

Section D,E,F

  • Updates coming shortly on bus stop relocation.
  • Works commenced on Section F northern side, saw cutting for kerbline.

Section G

  • Commencement of sewer improvement works delayed whilst investigation into existing ground conditions is carried out to enable temporary works design to be completed.
  • Duct crossing at Eastern Rd to be programmed during the school holidays

Update 02.08.18

Lea Bridge Road update

Work is progressing well along Lea Bridge Road, following the widening of the bridge next to Lea Bridge station over a live train line, cycle lanes are nearing completion on both sides of the road from the borough boundary at Hackney to Markhouse Road. Work is now beginning to connect these lanes at the junctions of Orient Way and Markhouse Road and are expected to be complete by the end of the summer.

Progress is being made behind the hoardings at the Whipps Cross roundabout. Tarmac is already being laid on the new bus turnaround section (on the right of the picture above) and beginning on the new section of Whipps Cross Road, which will go on to form a T-junction with Lea Bridge Road/Woodford New Road towards the end of the year.

Almost 2,000sq m of land, including the central reservation of the new junction, will be returned to the City of London Corporation and form part of Epping Forest when the works are complete next year.

 

Update 23.07.18

Lea Bridge Road Section C: Markhouse Road  to Russell Road

Construction of segregated cycle tracks, footpath surfacing and junction improvements on the north side are progressing towards the Bakers Arms and Work has started on the South Side between Bickley Road and Melborne Road. Now that Eid has passed, works will be begin on the 25th June outside the Mosque, completing the construction works on the north side for this phase.

Markhouse Road Junction with Lea Bridge

Junction improvements are nearing completion, with the Kerb and traffic light infrastructure majority complete, the next phase will be to construct a ‘pocket park’ where the slip lane has been closed.


If you would like further information on the works please contact us on 020 8496 3000 and ask to speak with the Highways and Infrastructure team working on the Lea Bridge Road scheme. Alternatively, you can email us.

Update 06.03.18

New modal filter on Poplars Road at the junction with Lea Bridge Road
In response to growing concerns about road safety, particularly of rat running along Poplars Road, we will be introducing a modal filter at the junction with Lea Bridge Road on Tuesday 20 March 2018. This will mean that only pedestrians and people on bikes will be able to join Lea Bridge Road from this junction, and motorcycles and vehicles will have to access the road via Hoe Street

Update 13.02.18 

Work to widen the bridge over Lea Bridge Station moves into the second phase this week. The southern pedestrian and cycle path has reopened after works to replace the bridge railings and parapet. This footpath will need to be temporarily closed again when it is resurfaced. The northern path has now been closed as work begins to create a new footpath and cycle track. The work is due to be completed this summer.

Construction around the Markhouse Junction is well under way and cycle track is progressing east along Lea Bridge Road. Once completed the junction will provide two new pedestrian and cycling crossings, making the junction accessible from every direction. A new space for visitors will be created outside the businesses on Church Road at the junction with Lea Bridge Road. We will ensure all businesses will remain accessible during the work.

 

 

 

 

 

Over the past few months, work has been taking place on the approach to Whipps Cross roundabout to relocate utility services and prepare a new road. This week construction will begin within the roundabout on the new bus waiting area. The roundabout will remain in place until later this year when it will be switched to a temporary T-junction layout.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update 15.11.17 - Section H - 

Say hello to our new ‘Walthamstow Wonder’ apple tree, successfully bud grafted from the existing trees at Whipps Cross roundabout.

The work to convert the Whipps Cross roundabout to a T-junction has started, and for the first time in a generation we are giving around 1,850m2 of land back to the Corporation of London, rather than taking it for road infrastructure. To enable this, some of the trees on and around the roundabout have needed to be replanted or removed. Over 40 per cent of the trees here were already dead or had a life expectancy of less than 10 years, making their ability to absorb carbon dioxide and improve air quality minimal.

We are pleased to say that the cuttings that we took from the apple trees have been successfully bud grafted. As the existing trees are in the later stages of their natural lives, finding suitable cuttings was tricky, however we are so please that we expect to have 10  new ‘Walthamstow Wonder’ apple trees planted in the borough, arriving around Winter 2018/19.

Please rest assured that as the junction develops and we are able to plant the new trees, we will, to give residents a safer, greener junction by the time it’s finished. We’ll be planting around 50 new trees – 28 more than the site had – which will include a range of medium and large native trees that can live for hundreds of years and reflect the ancient woodlands of Epping Forest. We are working with the City of London Corporation to ensure that the site has a good mix of healthy trees and species including English Oaks, one of Britain’s best known and most loved native trees which are sadly on the decline. This will help make the area more attractive, improve air quality and provide a habitat for local wildlife.

Update 11.10.17 - Section B

Lea Bridge Road night surfacing from 16th October for two weeks

We are planning to complete night surfacing work on Lea Bridge Road, commencing on Monday 16th October. The work is scheduled to occur over two weeks, weather permitting,  between the hours of 8pm and 5am. We are aiming to sequence the works as follows -

  • Week 1 works will be undertaken between junction of Burwell Road and Heybridge Way.
  • Week 2 will be undertaken between Heybridge Way and Blyth Road.

Lea Bridge Road will remain open for  all road users (including pedestrians and cyclists), however in order to undertake the works safely, traffic will be reduced to one lane, with temporary traffic lights in operation.

We apologise in advance for the temporary disruption, and we appreciate your patience while we make these improvements.

Update 22.08.17 - Section A

Works on Lea Bridge Road between the borough boundary and Lammas Road are substantially complete. The eastbound cycle track is open, and the westbound cycle track is partially open.

Over the next few weeks, we will be installing traffic signals near the riding centre.

 

 

 

 

Update 4.08.17 - Section H

Works around the Wood Street junction with Lea Bridge Road are progressing well.

Preliminary works around the Whipps Cross roundabout will start on Monday 14 August 2017 which are expected to be completed by October 2017, weather permitting.

These preliminary works involve, but not limited to, ducting, relocating lighting columns, repairs / replacement to the existing foul sewers, and removal of some of the traffic islands.

Please see the attached letter with further details - Construction notification letter.

Update 15.05.17

Works substantially/completed in past 2 weeks:

  • Copenhagen crossing at Elm Park Road has been completed
  • Eastbound cycle track between Sanderstead Road and Belvedere Road substantially complete

Construction works – occurring over next 2 weeks - commencing 17 April 2017:

Section A

Lea Valley Ice Centre

  • Works to the eastbound footway between the borough boundary and the Lea Valley Ice Centre driveway are continuing
  • Work has begun on a new cycle crossing at the existing signalised crossing outside Lea Valley Ice Centre
  • Construction of raised cycle and pedestrian crossings across the Ice Centre and Lea Valley Riding Centre access roads is continuing. Cycle and pedestrian diversions are in place.
  • Works to widen the road over the aqueduct bridge is almost complete. The eastbound lane will be surfaced in the coming weeks.
  • The next phase will be to remove the footway between the bridge and Lammas Road (northbound)

Upcoming - traffic lanes will be shifted towards the northern side of Lea Bridge Road, and works to construct the westbound cycle track will begin later in spring.

Section B

Sanderstead Road and Hitcham Road. - Construction is continuing on the eastbound segregated cycle track

Lea Bridge Road and Perth Road - In the process of constructing shared Copenhagen crossings at the junction of Lea Bridge Road with Perth Road. This will be followed by works at Bloxhall, Morieux, and Seymour Road. Each crossing will be constructed in two halves to maintain car access. Pedestrian and cycle access will be maintained.

Upcoming – Will construct a modal filter at the junction of Lea Bride Road and Kettlebaston Road. 

Section H

Wood St Junction

  • Continuining work to realign the kerb line, install off street cycle tracks and construct a new footway
  • Continuing work to install the new traffic signals as part of the work to convert the Whipps Cross roundabout
  • New lighting has been installed and is awaiting connection
  • Work will take place in the road verge, and will have a minimal impact on traffic. Expected completion late spring 2017

Upcoming - Conversion of part of the central reserve in Leabridge Rd at the Wood St junction to create temporary space for vehicles during further works. During these works which are anticipated to take one week there will be lane closures on Leabridge Rd, Whipps Cross Road and on the roundabout.

Update 27 March 2017

Section A Lea Bridge Road

Works will be continuing on building the new kerbs between bridge and Lammas Road. We expect it to be completed by late April, early May 2017

Starting soon will be the pavement works between the Ice Rink entrance and the borough boundary. This is to make changes that will help pedestrians to get about safely and quickly. We expect all works to be completed by mid May 2017.

We expect to complete the new bus stop and paved area outside the Ice rink within the next couple of weeks. We will be re-opening the north bound bus lane around Mid-April 2017.

We plan to resurface this part of Lea Bridge Road and this is expected to start 13th April. There should be no traffic impacts but please look out for signs.

Works to the crossings that lead to Lee Valley Ice Centre and the Riding Centre have started and are continuing. The road and crossing will be raised to pavement level to form a raised table crossing. This is designed to encourage vehicles to slow down when approaching the crossing. Once fully completed, both cyclists and pedestrians will be able to cross safely and quickly, improving pedestrian access to the local area. We expect all works to be finished by the end of April 2017.

Section B Lea Bridge Road

Sanderstead Road and Belvedere Road

The modal filters being built on Sanderstead Road and Belvedere Road are nearly complete. A modal filter is a road closure that discourages non local traffic from ‘cutting through’ residential streets whilst allowing people who walk and cycle to get about safely and easily. Access for other vehicles such as emergency services, deliveries and bin collections will be maintained and residents will still have access to their road. These works aim to improve access for walking and cycling, improve road safety and generally improve the look and feel of the area.

Following the closure of Sanderstead Road and Belvedere Road residents and businesses will need to access their properties via Burwell Road and Flempton Road.

Belvedere Road and Hitcham Road

Between Belvedere Road and Hitcham Road, works will be starting soon on the new kerbs. This will allow the new segregated cycle track to be built. We want to encourage more people to cycle on this road by increasing safety and removing any conflict between cars and cycles. Pedestrians will still be able use the pavement whilst works are ongoing. Traffic flow should be maintained with no traffic measures but please look out for any signs. We expect works to be completed by mid-April 2017.

Seymour Road and Perth Road

The blended Cophenhagen crossings at Seymour Road and Perth Road will be started during the Easter holidays. This is to minimise disruption to residents and drivers. Works will involve the temporary closure of Seymour Road at its junction with Lea Bridge Road followed by the temporary closure of Perth Road junction with Lea Bridge Road. Please look out for signs advising of works. Temporary suspensions of one ways will be in place to minimise the level of disruption to traffic when works are taking place. A number of parking bays will be suspended to allow residents to access their properties.

Burwell Road to Markhouse Road

Works are still on-going in creating the new segregated cycle track on both sides of the road. Once finished this will create a separate, designated space for cycling, making it safer and easier for cycles and vehicles to share the road.
A number of pedestrian crossings in this section will be upgraded and improved to make it easier and safer to cross Lea Bridge Road
The upgrade works to bus shelters are still continuing to bring them up to TfL’s standards. Improving accessibility for all passengers, wheelchair users and pushchairs
The parking and loading measures are still being re-organised to make all of the parking and loading times along Lea Bridge Road consistent whilst providing more space for the pavement and cycle track
Parking suspensions are in place between Burwell Road and Haybridge Way whilst works are taken place. We are asking all residents to park in neighboring

Burwell Road and Flempton Road

Works are continuing on in this section of Lea Bridge Road. The eastbound bus lane and bus stop have been closed to allow works to take place to the road. As part of these works, new kerbs will be built and a concrete base is being laid to form the new northbound segregated cycle track. We want to encourage more people to cycle on this road by increasing safety and removing any conflict between cars and cycles. Pedestrians will be able use the pavement whilst works are ongoing. Traffic flow should be maintained with no traffic measures but please look out for any signs.

Section G Lea Bridge Road / Wood Street junction

Starting soon will be the works to build the new kerbs and the remainder of the section G cycle paths. Works include widening the pavement and construction of cycle track. This is taking place off road and does not impact on traffic, nor pedestrians. We are expecting this to be completed by May 2017.

 

Update 13 March 2017

Section A Lea Bridge Road

Borough boundary to Lammas Road

Building of the new kerb and pavement between the bridge and Lammas Road is progressing. Pedestrians and drivers will not be affected by the works. All works should be finished by early summer 2017

Works to the crossings that lead to Lee Valley Ice Centre and Riding Centre have started and are on-going. The road and crossing will be raised to pavement level to encourage vehicles to slow down when approaching the crossing. Once fully completed, both cyclists and pedestrians will be able to cross safely and quickly, improving pedestrian access to the local area. We expect all works to be finished by the end of April.

The works to the new bus stop and paved area outside the Ice rink are nearly finished. The north bound bus lane will be partially opened by the end of March 2017.

Section B Lea Bridge Road:

Burwell Road to Markhouse Road

  • Works are still on-going in creating the new segregated cycle track on both sides of the road. Once finished this will create a separate, designated space for cycling, making it safer and easier for cycles and vehicles to share the road.
  • A number of pedestrian crossings in this section will be upgraded and improved to make it easier and safer to cross Lea Bridge Road
  • The upgrade works to bus shelters are still continuing to bring them up to TfL’s standards. Improving accessibility for all passengers, wheelchair users and pushchairs
  • The parking and loading measures are still being re-organised to make all of the parking and loading times along Lea Bridge Road consistent whilst providing more space for the pavement and cycle track
  • Parking suspensions are in place between Burwell Road and Haybridge Way whilst works are taken place. We are asking all residents to park in neighboring roads.

Sanderstead and Belvedere Road:

The new modal filters currently being built on the Lea Bridge Road junctions, including Sanderstead Road and Belvedere Road are nearly finished. A modal filter is a road closure that discourages non local traffic from ‘cutting through’ residential streets whilst allowing people who walk and cycle to get about safely and easily. Access for other vehicles such as emergency services, deliveries and bin collections will be maintained and residents will still have access to their road. These works aim to improve access for walking and cycling, improve road safety and generally improve the look and feel of the area.

Residents and businesses will need to access their properties via Burwell Road and Flempton Road.

Belvedere Road and Hitcham Road

The improvement works to the pavement and kerbs at this location are currently progressing. This will allow the new cycle track to be built. Once finished this will create a separate, designated space for cycling, making it safer and easier for cycles and vehicles to share the road. We expect all works to be finished mid April 2017.

Seymour Road and Perth Road

We expect the blended 'Copenhagen' crossings at Seymour Road and Perth Road will commence during the Easter holidays to minimise disruption whilst the work takes place. Work will involve the temporary closure of Seymour Road at its junction with Lea Bridge Road followed by the temporary closure of Perth Road junction with Lea Bridge Road. Signed diversions and temporary suspensions of one ways and parking bay suspension to allow residents to access their properties will be put in place during this period.

Section G Lea Bridge Road

Wood Street junction

Starting soon will be the the improvement and re-alignment works to the kerb at this location. Works will include widening the pavement and construction of a new cycle track, providing a safer place for people to walk and cycle. There should be no impact to motorists as all works are taking place off road and traffic flow should not be impacted. Pedestrians should still have access to the pavement. We expect works to be completed by spring 2017

 

Update 10 March 2017

Section B - tree removal and new plantings

As part of improvements being made to Lea Bridge Road we will be removing six trees which are located near the pavement and road. We commissioned an independent survey on the condition of these trees before starting work which found that they were an inappropriate species for this location, and they are in fact causing damage to the kerbs and pavement, as well as overhanging over adjacent properties. It will be beneficial for the local area for these trees to be removed and replaced with a more suitable species.

Throughout Lea Bridge Road we are aiming to plant around 40 to 50 new trees at each individual section to improve the local environment, and these will all be species which are better suited for the local area. We will be planting about 45 new trees in this section of the road where the older trees are being removed, but exact locations are still to be confirmed.

Over the next few months we appreciate the road will look a bit bare, but with a better mix of tree species being provided over time, residents will be able enjoy a greener, safer area when the work is finished. The removal of trees will take place this week, and has been timed to take place before the nesting season begins. We will be doing everything we can to avoid disruption for residents while this work is taking place.

Update 08 March 2017

Lea Bridge Road section H - Whipps Cross roundabout

On Wednesday 1 March work began to transplant the trees at Whipps Cross roundabout. The above video shows the native Oak tree being transplanted.

A total of 13 trees were planned to be transplanted, however a closer look at these remaining trees revealed that five of these trees were dead, four trees were planted above services and unable to be removed due to health and safety issues, and two trees couldn’t be removed as the machinery hit a hard obstruction underneath the trees.

Two trees were successfully transplanted, including the Oak tree which is native to the area, and these were replanted in the area near the path that leads to Whipps Cross Hospital.

We’ll also be planting around 50 new trees – 28 more than the site had – which will include a range of medium and large native trees that can live for hundreds of years and reflect the ancient woodlands of Epping Forest. We are working with the City of London Corporation to ensure that the site has a good mix of healthy trees and species including English Oaks, one of Britain’s best known and most loved native trees which are sadly on the decline. This will help make the area more attractive, improve air quality and provide a habitat for local wildlife.

Update 27 February 2017

Works starting soon: Lea Bridge Road section A 

Building of the new kerb and pavement between the bridge and Lammas Road will be starting soon. Pedestrians and drivers will not be affected by the works. All works should be finished by early summer 2017

Starting soon will be the improvement works to the crossings that lead to Lee Valley Ice Centre and Riding Centre. The road and crossing will be raised to pavement level to encourage vehicles to slow down when approaching the crossing. Once fully completed, both cyclists and pedestrians will be able to cross safely and quickly, improving pedestrian access to the local area. We expect all works to be completed by mid-March 2017.

Works still taking place: Lea Bridge Road section A - between borough boundary and Lammas Road

The northbound pavement between the Lee Valley Ice Centre and the Aqueduct Bridge is currently being resurfaced. Once all the kerb works on both sides of the road are complete, the final phase of road resurfacing will be started. Pedestrians and drivers will not be affected by the works. All works should be finished by early summer 2017.

Completed works: Lea Bridge Road section A - borough boundary to Lammas Road 

The new cycle track, pavement and new cycle and walking bridge by the Lee Valley Ice Centre and Riding Centre has now been completed. This now provides a safe place for pedestrians and cyclists to get about safely.

Works starting soon: Section B Lea Bridge Road - between Belvedere Road and Hitcham Road

Starting soon will be the works to the pavement and kerbs at this location. This will allow the new cycle track to be built. Once finished this will create a separate, designated space for cycling, making it safer and easier for cycles and vehicles to share the road.

Works still taking place: Lea Bridge Road section B - between Burwell Road to Markhouse Road

  • Creating a new segregated cycle track on both sides of the road. Once finished this will create a separate, designated space for cycling, making it safer and easier for cycles and vehicles to share the road.
  • We are installing modal filters on some Lea Bridge Road junctions, including Sannderstead Road, Belvedere Road and Kettlebaston Road. This is a road closure that discourages non local traffic from ‘cutting through’ residen
    tial streets whilst allowing people who walk and cycle to get about safely and easily. Access for other vehicles such as emergency services, deliveries and bin collections will be maintained and residents will still have access to their road. These works aim to improve access for walking and cycling, improve road safety and generally improve the look and feel of the area.
  • A number of pedestrian crossings in this section will be upgraded and improved to make it easier and safer to cross Lea Bridge Road
  • Upgrading bus shelters to bring them up to TfL’s standards. Improving accessibility for all passengers, wheelchair users and pushchairs
  • Reorganising and relocating some of the parking and loading measures to make all of the parking and loading times along Lea Bridge Road consistent whilst providing more space for the pavement and cycle track
  • Parking suspensions are in place between Burwell Road and Haybridge Way whilst works are taken place. We are asking all residents to park in neighboring roads.

Works still taking place: Lea Bridge Road section B - between Burwell Road and Flempton Road

  • The eastbound bus lane and bus stop is still closed while construction of the new segregated cycle track is ongoing
  • We are asking bus passengers to use alternative bus stops whilst works are taking place
  • We have worked with TfL, to ensure any delays to bus journey times caused by construction works  around Lea Bridge Road have been minimised.

Works starting soon: Lea Bridge Road section H - Wood Street junction

Work will be starting within the next month on the Lea Bridge Road junction with Wood Street. We will be widening the pavement and building a new cycle track. This is part of our plans to introduce a fully protected and semi-protected cycle lanes in both directions on Lea Bridge Road. We want to encourage more people to cycle on this road by increasing safety and removing any conflict between cars and cycles. Pedestrians will still be able use the pavement whilst works are ongoing and there will be no impact on traffic flow whilst works are taking place. We expect all works to be finished by early summer 2017.

 

Update 20 February 2017

Lea Bridge Road section H - Whipps Cross roundabout

The Whipps Cross roundabout will soon be converted into a T-junction as part of the Section H, Lea Bride Road - A street for all scheme. This scheme will make the junction more accessible for pedestrians and bus passengers, and safer for drivers and people who cycle. For the first time in a generation we’re giving around 1,850 metre squared of land back to the Corporation of London and Epping Forest, rather than taking it for road infrastructure.

To enable this to go ahead, pre-construction work will start during the week starting 27 February, where some of the trees on and around the roundabout need be moved or removed. Over 40 per cent of the trees here were already dead or have a life expectancy of less than 10 years, making their ability to absorb carbon dioxide and improve air quality minimal.

The dead trees have now been removed, and we have appointed a contractor to transplant the remaining trees in a new location and we will now be transplanting 13 trees, rather than six as originally planned. These will be replanted in the area near the path that leads to Whipps Cross Hospital.

However the apple trees will now not be transplanted as further assessment of their condition has found that they will not survive the move. We have carried out grafting and the saplings are at a specialist nursery to try and grow new trees, but we won’t know how successful this has been until the spring.

We’ll also be planting around 50 new trees – 28 more than the site has now – which will include a range of medium and large native trees that can live for hundreds of years and reflect the ancient woodlands of Epping Forest. We are working with the City of London Corporation to ensure that the site has a good mix of healthy trees and species including English Oaks, one of Britain’s best known and most loved native trees which are sadly on the decline. This will help make the area more attractive, improve air quality and provide a habitat for local wildlife.

The tree works are being done now to minimise the impact on birds and their nesting period, so the site will look a bit bare over the next few months. Please rest assured that as the junction develops and we are able to plant the new trees, we will, to give residents a safer, greener junction by the time it’s finished in summer 2017.

Update 13 February 2017

Lea Bridge Road section B - between Burwell Road to Markhouse Road

Work in this section of Lea Bridge Road will continue for several weeks, weather permitting. We are:

  • Creating a new segregated cycle track on both sides of the road. Once finished this will create a separate, designated space for cycling, making it safer and easier for cycles and vehicles to share the road.
  • We are installing modal filter on Lea Bridge Road junctions with Sannderstead Road and Belvedere Road to motorists. This is a road closure that discourages non local traffic from ‘cutting through’ residential streets whilst allowing people who walk and cycle to get about safely and easily. Access for other vehicles such as emergency services, deliveries and bin collections will be maintained and residents will still have access to their road.These works aim to improve access for walking and cycling, improve road safety and generally improve the look and feel of the area.
  • Upgrading bus shelters to bring them up to TfL’s standards. Improving accessibility for all passengers, wheelchair users and pushchairs.
  • Reorganising and relocating some of the parking and loading to make all of the parking and loading times along Lea Bridge Road consistent whilst providing more space for the pavement and cycle track.
  • Parking suspensions are in place between Burwell Road and Haybridge Way whilst works are taken place. We are asking all residents to park in neighboring roads.

Lea Bridge Road section B - between Burwell Road and Flempton Road

The eastbound bus lane and bus stop has been closed while we start the construction of the new segregated cycle track. We are asking bus passengers to use alternative bus stops whilst works are taking place. We have worked with TFL, to ensure any delays to bus journey times caused by construction works  around Lea Bridge Road have been minimised.

Lea Bridge Road section A - between borough boundary and Lammas Road

Preparation and building of the new kerb between the bridge and Lammas Road will be starting soon. Pedestrians and drivers will not be affected by the works. All works should be finished by early summer 2017.

Lea Bridge Road section A - roads leading to Lee Valley Ice Centre and Riding Centre

Building will soon start on the raised table crossings/ junctions that lead to the Ice Centre and Riding Centre and should be finished by the end of March 2017. A raised table involves raising the road to pavement level to encourage vehicles to slow down when approaching the junction and crossings. Priority is given to pedestrians and cyclists to improve their safety and access when moving through this area.

 

Update 30 January 2017

Lea Bridge Road section B - Burwell Road to Markhouse Road

As part of transport improvements being made to Lea Bridge Road we will be removing six trees which are located on the public footway. We commissioned an independent survey on the condition of these trees which found that they were an inappropriate species for the highway, and they are in fact causing damage to the kerbs and footway, as well as hanging over adjacent properties. It will therefore be beneficial for the local area for these trees to be removed and replaced with a more suitable species.

Throughout Lea Bridge Road we are aiming to plant around 40 to 50 new trees at each individual section to improve the local environment, and these will all be species which are better suited for the local area. We will be planting about 45 new trees in the same section of the road where the older trees are being removed, but exact locations are still to be confirmed.

Over the next few months we appreciate the road will look a bit bare, but with a better mix of tree species being provided over time, residents will be able enjoy a greener, safer area when the work is finished. The removal of trees will take place late February to early March, and has been timed to take place before the nesting season begins. We will be doing everything we can to avoid disruption for residents while this work is taking place.

Other work underway are outlined below and we expect it to be completed by the end of February. 

  • Creating a new segregated cycle track on both sides of the road. Once finished this will create a separate, designated space for cycling, making it safer and easier for cycles and vehicles to share the road
  • We are installing modal filters (road closures) on Lea Bridge Road junctions with Sannderstead Road, Belvedere Road. Access to properties and businesses on these roads is via Burwell Road and Flempton Road. A modal filter is a road closure that will discourage non local traffic from ‘cutting through’ residential streets whilst allowing people who walk and cycle to get about safely and easily. Access for other vehicles such as emergency services, deliveries and bin collections will be maintained, and residents will still have access and parking on their street. This will also help people on foot, particularly children and older people to get about safely and easily
  • Upgrading bus shelters to bring them up to TfL’s standards. Improving accessibility for all passengers, wheelchair users and pushchairs.
  • Reorganising and relocating some of the parking and loading bays to make all of the parking and loading times along Lea Bridge Road consistent whilst providing more space for the pavement and cycle track.

Lea Bridge Road section B - Burwell Road and Flempton Road

The following works are currently underway:

  • The eastbound bus lane and bus stop has been closed while we start the construction of the new segregated cycle track
  • We are asking bus passengers to use alternative bus stops whilst works are taking place
  • We have worked with TfL, to ensure any delays to bus journey times caused by construction works  around Lea Bridge Road have been minimised.

Lea Bridge Road section G - Wood Street junction

Work to improve the Lea Bridge Road and Wood Street junction will start on Monday 6 March 2017. We expect to complete this work by July 2017, weather permitting.

The work at this junction is the first phase of converting the Whipps Cross roundabout into a signalised T- junction, and we will install:

  • traffic signs and designated cycle crossing points for cyclists travelling along Lea Bridge Road (westbound) to turn into Wood Street
  • traffic signals and a designated pedestrian crossing point on Wood Street
  • an off-road cycle track linking Lea Bridge Road and Wood Street.

We sent a letter to residents on Lea Bridge Road last year explaining the results from the public consultation held in October and November 2016, and when the work would start. A plan of the Wood Street junction improvement can be seen here.

While the work will maintain the existing lane layout, the lane width in some locations will be narrowed while some of the work takes place. This may impact journey times on Lea Bridge Road. You may wish to adjust your travel, and share this information with your customers and suppliers.

To allow the work to take place safely, we will put traffic cones and signals in place. There will be signs along the road to warn drivers of the disruption, as well as pedestrian and cycle diversions if needed.

We will be doing everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum, and will provide regular updates on our website. This will help you, friends, family and visitors plan journeys, and if you are a business, help your customers and suppliers to plan journeys during the work.

Lea Bridge Road section A - borough boundary to Lammas Road

The new cycle track, pavement and new cycle and walking bridge by the Lee Valley Ice Centre and Riding Centre has now been completed. This now provides a safe place for pedestrians and cyclists to get about safely.

 

Update 24 January 2017

Lea Bridge Road section B - between Burwell Road and Markhouse Road

As part of our highway improvement works for Lea Bridge Road we will be carrying out work to close the junctions with Belvedere Road and Sanderstead Road to motorists. Pedestrians and cyclists will still be able to travel through these junctions, but motorists will have to access properties on these roads through alternative routes.

These works aim to improve access for walking and cycling, improve road safety, prevent non local traffic from cutting through residential streets, and generally improve the look and feel of the area.

On this section of Lea Bridge Road a high number of collisions involving pedestrians and cyclists occur when vehicles turn in and out of minor side roads, so the closures are designed to reduce this.

Where these closures are installed space will be provided to allow vehicles to turn around (on side streets), access for other vehicles such as for deliveries and bin collections will be maintained, and residents will still have access to their street.

Construction of the closures will mostly be carried out between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday, and will take approximately four weeks to complete, weather permitting. A letter was sent to residents living near the closures outlining the works in November 2016, and a letter was also sent out in January to advise them that work was due to start.

The proposed closure date for Kettlebaston Road is June 2017. We will update local residents on the actual closer date nearer the time.

 

Update 16 January 2017

Lea Bridge Road section A - borough boundary to Lammas Road

  • The northbound pavement has now been removed between Lee Valley Ice Centre and the Aqueduct Bridge. Resurfacing will take place once the kerb works has been completed on both sides of the road
  • Work to remove the pavement between the bridge and Lammas Road (northbound) and build the southbound cycle track has started.
  • The existing traffic lights will be also be upgraded to a Toucan crossing with a segregated cycle crossing. This will be installed near the Lee Valley Riding Centre to provide a safe crossing point for pedestrians and cyclists
  • All works will be completed by Summer 2017.

Lea Bridge Road section B - between Burwell Road and Markhouse Road

Works are still ongoing on this section of the road and are expected to last until autumn 2017. As part of our plans we are:

  • Creating a segregated cycle track on both sides of the road, providing a safer img_1222space for people to cycle which is separate from cars and pedestrians
  • Improve the pedestrian crossings to make it easier and safer to cross the road
  • Upgrading the bus shelters, bringing them up to TfL’s standards to improve accessibility for wheelchair users and pushchairs
  • Organise and relocate some of the parking and loading provisions and  ensure all parking times along Lea Bridge Road are consistent. We are moving some parking spaces to provide more space for the pavement and cycle track, new locations can be seen here
  • Closing the following roads that have their junctions on Lea Bridge Road: Sanderstead Road, Belvedere Road and Kettlebaston Road, will have modal filters installed. These are road closures that discourage non local traffic from ‘cutting through’ residential streets whilst allowing people who walk and cycle to get about safely and easily. Residents, emergency services and services like rubbish collection vehicles will still be able to access properties within these roads, they will just need to enter them from a different road.

 

Update 21 December 2016

Lea Bridge Road section B - between Burwell Road and Markhouse Road

Construction between Burwell Road and Flempton Road started in November 2016. Please click here and here for detailed plans.

Work to date includes the closure of the north bound bus lane and bus stop between Burwell Road and Flempton Road, excavation of the carriageway, new kerbs and concrete base which will form the northbound segregated cycle track. Please look out for warning signs and any diversions in place and please plan ahead.

A letter will be sent to all residents and businesses explaining what works will be taking place. This will be sent out mid to late January 2017.

 

Update 9 November 2016

Lea Bridge Road section A - between borough boundary and Lammas Road: Works now started, due to run to summer 2017
The work to construct the new cycle track, pavement and new cycle and walking bridge by the Lee Valley Ice Centre and Riding Centre have now been completed. We are now carrying out works for the rest of this section which will include realigning some of the road, upgrading the traffic signals, building a new crossing point and landscaping.

Lea Bridge Road section B - between Burwell Road and Markhouse Road: Works starting November 2016 to autumn 2017
Construction will start from 14 November and continue until autumn 2017. An overview of the changes is outlined below:

  • Create a segregated cycle track on both sides of the road, providing a safer space for people to cycle which is separated from motor vehicles and pedestrians
  • Improve the pedestrian crossings to make it easier and safer to cross the road
  • Upgrade the bus shelters, bringing them up to TfL’s standards to improve accessibility for wheelchair users and pushchairs
  • Reorganise and relocate some of the parking and loading to make all of the parking and loading times along Lea Bridge Road consistent and provide more space for the pavement and cycle track – you can view the new locations by visiting www.enjoywalthamforest.co.uk/lea-bridge-road
  • Install road closures on the Lea Bridge Road junctions with Sanderstead Road, Belvedere Road and Kettlebaston Road. This will help improve safety for all road users at these junctions whilst creating more attractive residential streets and community space. Residents, emergency services and services like rubbish collection vehicles will still be able to access properties within these roads, they will just need to enter them from a different road.

Please view our plans for the first parts of section B we are constructing from Burwell Road to Perth Road and Belvedere Road to Flempton Road.

Lea Bridge Road section G - Wood Street junction: Works starting January 2017 to spring 2017
We are starting some minor works in early January at the Wood Street junction with Lea Bridge Road to widen the pavement and begin constructing the cycle track. This will take place off road so will not impact on traffic.

 

Update 12 October 2016

Lea bridge Road section A - between Essex Wharf up to and including the existing bus stop north of the Lee Valley Ice Centre

Work has started on the road and includes adjusting gullies, stat protection work, adjustments to the kerb line and upgraded traffic signals.

To enable these works to take place, traffic management has been put in place as well as the following temporary changes:

  • The bus lane south of Essex Wharf will be closed (90m)
  • A temporary bus stop with a new footway to the pedestrian/cycle path will be installed
  • A pedestrian crossing will be installed at Lea Bridge Road by Essex Wharf.

If you would like further information on the works please contact us on 020 8496 3000 and ask to speak with the Highways and Infrastructure team working on the Lea Bridge Road scheme. Alternatively, you can email us.

 

Update 8 March 2016

Lea Bridge Road - works on Whipps Cross roundabout

Work has now started on Whipps Cross roundabout to make it more accessible for pedestrians and bus passengers, and safer for drivers and people who cycle. For the first time in a generation we’re giving around 1,850 m2 of land back to the Corporation of London and Epping Forest, rather than taking it for road infrastructure.

To enable this to go ahead, some of the trees on and around the roundabout need be moved or removed this week in preparation for the work and you may have already noticed contractors on the roundabout. We are trying to minimise any disruption to local residents but would like to apologise if there is a bit more noise while the works take place.

Over 40 per cent of the trees here are already dead or have a life expectancy of less than 10 years, making their ability to absorb carbon dioxide and improve air quality minimal.

20160307_120946 20160307_120925 20160307_120859These pictures show how hollow and decayed some of the trees already removed were inside.

Where we can save trees by moving them we will, and we’ll be taking cuttings from the Walthamstow apple trees for future planting. We’ll also be planting around 50 new trees – 28 more than the site has now – which will include a range of medium and large native trees that can live for hundreds of years and reflect the ancient woodlands of Epping Forest. We are working with the City of London Corporation to ensure that the site has a good mix of healthy trees and species including English Oaks, one of Britain’s best known and most loved native trees which are sadly on the decline. This will help make the area more attractive, improve air quality and provide a habitat for local wildlife.

The tree works are being done now to minimise the impact on birds and their nesting period, so the site will look a bit bare over the next few months. Please rest assured that as the junction develops and we are able to plant the new trees, we will, to give residents a safer, greener junction by the time it’s finished in summer 2017.

 

Update: 11 December 2015

Lea Bridge Road – works starting on the section (A) between Hackney and Lammas Road

Initial work has now started on section A of Lea Bridge Road. Earlier this year we asked residents and businesses to give their views on this scheme – which is also referred to as Section A of the Lea Bridge Road scheme - and after the design was finalised, works have now started.

If you’re travelling to the area you might notice machinery on site, fences being put up and old trees being removed to prepare the site for the work. The trees are being removed following a survey which assessed their age and health and we are looking at planting some more trees at a later date.

A new cycle bridge has also been put in place near to the Lea Valley Ice Skating Centre, to better connect the area to the green space and National Cycling Network route. We’ll be building a footpath to make it easier to get to that bridge.

The works in this part of the Lea Bridge scheme are designed to make this area more enjoyable for everyone – whether you walk, drive, cycle or use public transport. They will provide better off road connections to the Lea Valley Park and Olympic Park, and better crossing points for pedestrians to make it easier for them to cross this busy road.

We’ll also be upgrading the bus facilities to help improve bus times, improving the public space and making improvements to the roads to keep traffic moving and improve access for local businesses.

If you would like further information on the works or have any specific access needs please contact us on 020 8496 3000 and ask to speak with the Highways and Infrastructure team working on the Lea Bridge Road scheme. Alternatively, you can email us.

 

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