About Markhouse Road
The borough is made up of a network of walking and cycling routes, one of which is Markhouse Road. These routes aim to better connect areas within the borough such as our town centres and residential areas, making it easier for people to walk and cycle for local journeys. The routes also help connect Waltham Forest to our neighbouring boroughs, attracting visitors to the borough and boosting business for our local economy.
Markhouse Road forms part of the Leyton to Blackhorse Road walking and cycling route, which connects Forest Road and Leyton High Road. Running from St James Street to Lea Bridge Road, this part of the route is heavily used with over 19,000 vehicles and around 600 cyclists every day. We’re modernising this part of the route to make travelling in the borough by bike and on foot easier and safer.
We know that Markhouse Road is popular for people cycling from Leyton to Walthamstow, so will be creating segregated areas where possible, making it safer and easier for everyone to share the road. We'll also be unstalling blended ‘Copenhagen’ crossings in on a number of side streets, which extend the pavement across the road, helping to enforce the Highway Code by encouraging vehicles to give way to pedestrians and people on cycles. We’ll also be investing in junctions, pedestrians crossings and bus stops, and will create an attractive public spaces with more trees, making the area a more enjoyable place that people will want to use.
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.