Why has Leyton Town Centre been selected to receive funding?
A: Leyton Town Centre is a popular and dynamic area in the borough that is popular with local people as well as visitors to the nearby Olympic Park. There is a huge opporuntity to build upon recent regeneration of the area to create more attractive streets by introducing more green spaces and improve accessibility for people who walk and cycle.
The Leyton Town Centre scheme will be linked to residential areas and other town centres across the borough by two cycle routes to improve connectivity making it easier for local people to travel between areas by bike and on foot.
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.
How can I have my say on the scheme and how will you use my views?
A: We want to build a genuine dialogue with local residents and businesses to help inform and shape the proposals. There have been lots of opportunities for people to have their say on the scheme and these have been considered extremely carefully and have fed into our designs where possible. Further comments and questions can also be emailed.
How will the scheme affect businesses?
A: There is 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. By improving the look of the area we hope to attract new customers and increase business opportunity. Throughout the programme we will work with businesses to makes sure they can take advantage of the opportunities the proposed changes will bring.
How will car parking be affected?
A: We realise there are many issues with car parking along the road. We need to consider the car parking requirements of businesses as well as residents in the area. We will be carrying out surveys to help us with this and understand how the road can be redesigned to accommodate the best for everyone. Any changes to car parking will be part of the public consultation that we will be holding.
What else are you doing for people who want to cycle?
A: The Mini-Holland Programme is delivering a whole set of measures to encourage people to cycle. This includes cycle training, cycle parking at tube and rail stations and working with businesses to encourage their staff to cycle. See our get involved pages.
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. As well as junctions being upgraded to improve safety, we will be redesigning some of the public spaces along the road to help enhance the environment for local people.