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Street party celebrates Waltham Forest’s Mini Holland success

Waltham Forest is the first of the three ‘Mini-Holland’ Programme funded boroughs to get off the starting blocks, with Walthamstow Village the first stage of the scheme completed and formally opened today.

In 2014 Waltham Forest was one of three Outer London boroughs who were successful in applying for £100million of funding from the Mayor of London’s ‘Mini-Hollands’ programme which forms a key part of his wider Cycling Vision.

The Mini-Holland Programme will transform Waltham Forest, improving conditions for people who walk, cycle and drive by improving infrastructure, increasing public spaces and reducing overcrowding on public transport, traffic congestion, air pollution and parking pressures. 

The launch was marked by a street party on Orford Road featuring stalls from local traders, music and trial bikes for residents to take a test run of the new space.

As part of the improvements two new public spaces have been created in Walthamstow Village providing our community with the perfect place to relax and unwind. 

Traffic closures have been put in place along the two East and West Avenue bridges, converting them into public spaces that allow for safe pedestrian and cycling access.

“Today is major milestone in our award winning Mini-Holland Programme which is all about encouraging people to walk, cycle and most importantly enjoy living life in Waltham Forest,” remarked Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment. 

“The programme has already made notable differences for residents in Waltham Forest. It is now easier for people to choose to cycle or walk, we have more infrastructure in place including new cycle hubs at train stations and cycle parking stands and bike hangers being installed across town centres and residential streets across the borough.”

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, said:  “As part of my vision for cycling, I’m determined to bring new, world-class cycling infrastructure to all parts of London. I have been delighted with the quality of the Waltham Forest bid for “Mini Holland” funding from Transport for London, and it is fantastic to see these plans leap off the page and into reality so that everyone in Waltham Forest can enjoy the benefits of top-notch cycling infrastructure.”

Scott Lester, Head of Borough Projects and Programmes (Surface Transport) at Transport for London, said: “The Mini-Hollands programme will help radically transform town centres and make them more friendly and accessible to cyclists and pedestrians. Waltham Forest has worked day and night to deliver these improvements and it’s great to see the first major section completed so quickly. As more elements are delivered in the coming months I’m sure all road users will see the huge benefits these plans are delivering to make the streets more pleasant for all.”

Ashok Sinha, CEO, London Cycling Campaign, said: “Back in 2012, LCC’s Love London, Go Dutch campaign saw 40,000 Londoners sign a petition and 10,000 people cycle through the city centre. They won a promise from the Mayor to make our streets as safe and inviting for cycling as they are in Holland. We’re delighted to be here in Waltham Forest three years later to enjoy the fantastic changes that have taken place as a result of the mini-Holland funding. With these improvements local residents will have the confidence to leave their cars at home, safe in the knowledge that they can ride or walk to work, to the tube, to school, to the shops and to friends without facing dangerous road conditions.”

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