Q: Why is the Council making changes to Chingford?
A: As Chingford is a key residential area in the borough, as well as a local shopping hub and a gateway into Epping Forest, we want to make the area better connected through key walking and cycling routes, making it easier and safer for people to travel to and around the area.
Q: How can I have my say on the scheme?
A: We want to build a genuine dialogue with local residents and businesses to help inform and shape the final design. CLICK HERE to find out where, when and how residents and businesses can get involved. Suggestions and questions can also be emailed to us.
Q: What is being proposed?
A: A summary of the proposals can be found here.
Q: How will the scheme affect businesses?
A: We want to help support local businesses and will continue to work with businesses to makes sure they can take advantage of the opportunities that the proposed changes will bring.
The proposals include improving footways, crossings, cycle routes and public spaces which aim to make it easier for people to walk and cycle to and around this area. By improving the look of the area we hope to attract new customers and increase business opportunity.
There is also a growing body of evidence from London and other cycling cities that shows people who cycle (along with public transport users and pedestrians) are loyal supporters of local shops and services. They tend to use local shops and services more frequently and spend more money per month than those travelling by car.
Q: How will car parking be affected?
A: The proposals (which can be viewed here) only affect the minimal amount of parking in the following areas:
- Parking restrictions on Endlebury Road (between Heathcote Grove and Horsley Road) during peak times from 7 to 10am and 3 to 6pm, Monday to Friday. This will provide more space for cycles and vehicles to share the road and reduce the potential for collisions. It will also help pedestrians and cycles cross the road by improving visibility and help improve traffic flow during peak times. Advisory cycle lane markings will also be installed at this location. Vehicles will be allowed to park outside these times
- Introduce double yellow lines at a number of locations on both sides of Kings Head Hill, mainly around the existing ‘islands’ in the centre of the road that help pedestrians cross, to ensure these areas are clear of parked vehicles. We know that parking by the islands can lead to congestion, delays for buses and general safety problems. This will provide a safer layout for all road users and improve traffic flow (please see the Kings Head Hill plan for the exact locations)
- Introduce single yellow lines on the uphill section of Kings Head Hill to provide more space for vehicles and cycles to share the road, and reduce the potential for collisions. When travelling uphill cycles tend to travel more slowly and require more space so restricting parking during peak times will help improve safety and traffic flow.
Q: Why are you proposing a road closure on Endlebury Road?
A: Following the resident workshops in May and June 2016, 29 local residents have asked us to close Endlebury Road, to cut down non-residential traffic, and reduce traffic speeds and volumes in that road. Before we do anything, we would like to understand what the wider local community think about putting a ‘modal filter’ (road closure) in on Endlebury Road as part of the consultation here.
A modal filter would allow pedestrians and cycles to pass through but not motorised vehicles, and could include locating trees and bollards to stop vehicles from ‘cutting through’. Residents living on Endlebury Road would still be able to drive and park in their road, they would just need to access it in a different way. Emergency services and services like rubbish collections would also still be able to access the road if a modal filter was put in.
Q: What happens after the consultation?
A: 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 final design stage, Transport for London (TfL) will also need to approve all of our plans as the funders of the programme.
Q: What else are you doing for people who want to cycle?
A: The programme is delivering a whole set of measures to encourage people to cycle. This includes cycle training, cycle parking at tube and rail stations, such as Chingford Station, and working with businesses to encourage their staff to cycle. See our get involved pages.
Q: What benefits are there for pedestrians and other road users?
A: The scheme will improve the environment for all road users not just people who cycle. For example, we are upgrading crossings and junctions to improve safety for all users and have redesigned public spaces to enhance the environment for local people.
Q: During the road works how will you manage the levels of traffic build up?
A: We will try to minimise the impact on the local area as much as possible. Where appropriate, we will put in place diversions or use temporary traffic signals to help the flow of traffic. We will be communicating with all road users to provide information whilst we carry out the improvements.
Q: Have you consulted with the emergency services?
A: A concern among the local community is access for emergency services and capturing the views of the local emergency services. Please note it is a statutory requirement that the Council consults with the emergency services to ensure they are aware of proposed changes. As per our standard process, we will continue to liaise in detail with the emergency services for all current and future schemes.