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Mini Holland scheme to break ground in Village next month

The decision by Waltham Forest Council’s Cabinet to agree the scheme of works to improve Walthamstow Village as part of the Mini Holland initiative has been given the green light, with works to begin next month.

The Walthamstow Village area improvement scheme will see changes that will create better conditions for pedestrians and bike users, improve air quality, and ease congestion on local roads.

The scheme of works were agreed further to an extensive three month engagement process that saw the Council consult with local people about the proposed changes. “All feedback that has been received, both from the public consultation and the two week trial held last year, has been used to shape the project,” explained Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment. “It has been the most extensive engagement process our Highways and Infrastructure team have run to date.”

Road closures and no entries will be introduced to address the issues surrounding local traffic driving through the area. The road closures will affect motored vehicles only, with an exception on Orford Road where the W12 bus service will be permitted.

Space will be provided to allow vehicles to turn around, and in order to improve accessibility several roads will undergo traffic direction changes. Orford Road will be closed between 10am and 10pm Monday to Sunday (except buses, cycles and pedestrians). This will allow businesses to make deliveries on Orford Road outside of these times.

Creating a restricted zone up until 10pm will allow restaurants and pubs to utilise the space into the evenings. The scheme will also be enforced by cameras. The W12 bus route will remain unchanged and will continue to travel along Orford Road. Outside of the restricted zone traffic will travel one-way eastbound and bays will be provided for loading and disabled badge holders on Orford Road.

Residents told the Council that reducing the risks of speeding traffic and creating a safer environment were key priorities and supported measures including raised ‘Copenhagen’ style crossings at key locations; an improved junction on Barclay Road with Shernhall Street; a wider pavement and reduced crossing distance on Addison Road at the junction with Shernhall Street; and the improvement of the street lighting levels on key routes.

There will also be new and improved public spaces to enhance the look and feel of the area. This will mean additional tree planting across the Village, improvements to street lighting and the footpath along Barclay Path, an enhancement of the public square on Eden Road and better footways, outside the parade of shops along 71-85 Grove Road.

PHOTO: Touring the borough: (from left to right) Cllr Clyde Loakes, Paul Gasson from the Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign, Council cycling officer Jon Little, and Rosie Downes and Tom Bogdanowicz from the London Cycling Campaign recently enjoyed a cycle tour of the borough, including the Village.

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