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Have your say on plans for Ruckholt Road

The £30 million Mini Holland initiative that Waltham Forest Council is rolling out throughout the borough is turning its attention to Ruckholt Road in Leyton, with a consultation launching on 5 November.


Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, said, “Ruckholt Road is one of our busiest, with about 24,500 vehicles using it every day. That includes around 1,000 cyclists, and we know that number is increasing year on year.


“It’s been identified as part of the Mini Holland programme because it is a route that is growing in popularity among commuter and leisure cyclists and we think we can make the section between Temple Mills Lane and High Road Leyton even safer and easier to navigate.”


Ruckholt Road is currently served by three bus routes and has three major junctions with Temple Mills Lane, Orient Way and Oliver Road. A number of improvements were made to the route in preparation for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 and proposed improvements will make access to the north of the park safer and easier.


The specific proposed improvements are designed to benefit those walking, cycling or using public transport by introducing better crossings, segregated tracks for cyclists and improved stops and waiting facilities for bus passengers.


There are also plans for a number of new public spaces at the junctions with Orient Way, York Road and Alexandra Road with more trees and improved access to the Leyton Mills Shopping Centre via a pedestrian route and two-way cycle track along York Road and Maud Road.


The Council has already begun engaging with local businesses over the last month and is now looking for the views of local residents too. The public consultation will launch on 5 November and will run through until 26 November, with a leaflet outlining the proposed changes being delivered to local residents.


Residents can complete a questionnaire and return it using the freepost envelope provided. Council staff will also be present on Ruckholt Road near the junction with Orient Way between 7am and 9am on Wednesday 9 November and 10am to 3pm on Sunday 16 November A drop-in session will also be held at Leyton Library on Thursday 13 November between 4pm and 8pm.


A further statutory consultation is planned for January, with construction programmed to start in the New Year.


More information about this proposal and the wider Mini Holland programme can be found on the Council’s website at www.walthamforest.gov.uk/miniholland You can also email miniholland@walthamforest.gov.uk


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