Have your say on cycling and walking improvements between Ilford and Barking Riverside

Closed 5 Aug 2019

Opened 24 Jun 2019

Results updated 5 Nov 2019

We have today published a Consultation Report which describes the outcomes of the consultation. It includes our response to each of the issues raised by respondents. Download the Report and its appendices via the links below:  

Consultation Report (PDF 1.27MB)

Appendix A (PDF 7.25MB)

Appendix B (PDF 563KB)

The feedback received has been invaluable in helping us to further improve the scheme. We will continue to work with the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham to develop detailed designs. Subject to final approval we currently intend to commence construction on the route in early 2020.


We would like to know your views on our proposals to transform streets in east London, linking Ilford and Barking Riverside to make it easier and safer for people to cycle and walk. Neighbourhoods including Ilford, Barking and Barking Riverside would be connected by a new Cycleway, with proposed improvements in each area for walking.

Our proposals are an important part of the Mayor of London's Transport Strategy and are guided by the Healthy Streets Approach, which aims to encourage walking, cycling and use of public transport, to make London greener, healthier and more pleasant. The proposals are also an important part of the Mayor's Walking and Cycling Action Plans. These complementary plans set out how we, and London’s boroughs, will work together to improve streets to make walking and cycling even easier, safer and more accessible for everyone. The aim is to reduce the number of car journeys and increase the number of people walking and cycling, helping to address poor air quality, reduce congestion and enable people to lead healthier, more active lives.  

The areas between Ilford and Barking Riverside tend to be largely residential with vibrant high streets and green spaces, including Ripple Greenway and Ripple Nature Reserve. The new development at Barking Riverside will include 10,000 new homes, new shopping areas, community and leisure facilities and schools. There are also plans for a brand new rail station with bus and river transport interchange. However, roads through these neighbourhoods are currently dominated by motor traffic and can be intimidating and unpleasant for pedestrians and cyclists.  

Our proposals make it easier for people to cross busy roads, improve walking and cycling access to the new Barking Riverside development as well as Barking and Ilford town centres, and offer a safe and comfortable space for people to cycle. The proposals would form part of London’s emerging cycling network and take into account TfL’s new cycling quality criteria 

Our proposals include:

  • A new high-quality cycle route that people can use to get around
  • A new pedestrian and cycle footbridge over Mayes Brook. Lighting and green space improvements will be included as part of this bridge upgrade
  • Upgraded walking and cycling crossing on Bastable Avenue will provide easier and safer access to Thames View Junior and Infant School
  • New ‘continuous’ pedestrian crossings at junctions of St Awdry's Road and Eldred Road (we explain what these are in more detail below)
  • Links to both existing and proposed cycling routes including Cycle Superhighway 3 (Barking to Tower Gateway) and Ripple Greenway
  • Improved access into Barking Riverside development for people walking and cycling

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Ilford to Barking Riverside route map (PDF 1.30MB)  

The new Cycleway would feed into the Barking Riverside development as well as connecting with Cycle Superhighway 3 and Ripple Greenway. The route is proposed to continue to Barking town centre and Ilford town centre and the Elizabeth line station here. The section of the route between Barking and Ilford will be consulted on at a later date, following further feasibility work.
The regeneration of Barking town centre will also provide opportunities to upgrade this route by reducing general traffic at Station Parade and creating a more direct route through the Vicarage Fields Shopping Centre. To the south, the Ripple Greenway project will deliver a high quality route between Bastable Avenue and Thames Road. Works at Thames Road are already underway to complete the walking and cycling link into the first phase of Barking Riverside redevelopment. Further proposals will be developed in partnership with the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, TfL and Barking Riverside Limited to create a wider network of cycling and walking routes throughout the Barking Riverside area.
We are holding local events during the consultation. More information about these and how to get information in different formats can be found at the end of this page.
If you would like to go straight to a particular topic please use the links below.

Why are we making these improvements?

What are Cycleways?

The proposals

Building and funding the improvements

Healthy Streets

Equalities Impact Assessment

Have your say

Next steps

Why are we making these improvements?

The proposed improvements are designed to help us meet the target set out in the Mayor’s Transport Strategy of changing the way people choose to travel. Currently 64% of journeys in London are made by foot, bike or public transport. The city continues to grow, and to help us manage challenges such as air pollution and congestion, we need to increase the level of sustainable travel to 80% of trips by 2041. Changing how street space is allocated to different users is an important way of helping people travel more sustainably.

We want to make it easier for people to use sustainable travel and lead active lifestyles. Also, as part of the scheme, we want to make streets healthier, safer and more welcoming places for everyone. The proposals form part of the Mayor’s plan for Healthy Streets.

Currently, only 34% of Londoners take 20 minutes of physical activity on any given day. If people walked or cycled for just 20 minutes each day it would prevent one in six early deaths, saving the NHS around £1.6bn per year. It would also help other health issues, such as diabetes, stroke, depression and dementia.

The proposed improvements would help to encourage people to use active forms of transport, which could achieve significant health benefits. The proposals aim to encourage people who would like to cycle and walk, but currently feel unable to do so.

What are Cycleways?

Cycleways are new high-quality cycle routes. They link communities, businesses and destinations across London. Each new Cycleway will have it’s own number with on-street signs and road markings, making them easy to identify.

This proposed Cycleway was identified in our Strategic Cycling Analysis as a key route for existing and potential cycling, and link areas that are seeing significant development and regeneration. This proposed Cycleway provides an opportunity to improve the street network by encouraging walking and cycling, increasing connectivity to key attractions, new developments, transport hubs and the wider London wide cycling network.

Two-thirds of car trips in London could be walked or cycled in under 20 minutes. To encourage people to get out of their cars we need to tackle the barriers many people currently face, whether that’s feeling unsafe or that it’s easier to use their car. Building new Cycleways will help encourage people to cycle more.

We know that building more walking and cycling infrastructure can improve town centres and transform them into places where people want to spend more time. We also know that walking and cycling boosts productivity by reducing the number of days off through illness taken by employees.

There is great potential to increase cycling in inner and outer London. Building new Cycleways will help encourage more local cycle journeys, giving Londoners more options for getting to work, education, shopping, or actively enjoying what the city has to offer.  

The proposals

Before we progress our proposals to the detailed design phase, we want to hear from local people and those who travel through the area, so we can design them to best meet people’s needs and expectations.  

Our policy objectives for this scheme are aimed to help reduce road danger in line with our Vision Zero ambitions; help meet the goals in the Walking and Cycling Action Plans and to help improve air quality locally. We have developed these proposals using experience from delivering cycling infrastructure, healthy streets and public realm schemes. We have worked with LB Barking & Dagenham, other local stakeholders and communities in the area, seeking initial feedback on our ideas to understand how these changes will affect local streets and people.  

We are proposing a number of features along the route to make it safer and more pleasant for people who walk and cycle. These include a range of changes to the street layouts as below. See the map above for where these are proposed:  

  • Connections from Barking Riverside development to Barking town centre
  • New one way cycle step track along Wakering Road
  • New shared use area for pedestrians and cyclists at Sunningdale Avenue
  • New shared use area for pedestrians and cyclists at Sutton Gardens
  • New continuous footway pedestrian crossings at St Awdry's Road and Eldred Road
  • New pedestrian and cycle footbridge crossing Mayes Brook (Mayes Brook Bridge)
  • Improved lighting and public realm at Mayes Brook Bridge
  • Connection with Cycle Superhighway 3 (Barking to Lancaster Gate via Canary Wharf) at Mayes Brook Bridge
  • Connection with and public realm improvements as part of Ripple Greenway
  • Improved pedestrian crossing and new parallel crossing for cyclists at Bastable Avenue with improved access to Thames View Junior School
  • Connection to cycling provision along Thames Road
  • Connection to Barking Riverside development via Marine Drive
  • Changes to some parking and taxi spaces on Wakering Road

Proposals for Station Parade, Renwick Road, and the connection to Ilford town centre will be consulted on at a later date.
To review our proposals and see the relevant maps for each of the sections along the proposed new Cycleway please use the links below: 

Section 1: Bastable Avenue and Sutton Gardens
Section 2: St Awdry’s Road and Eldred Road
Section 3: Wakering Road and Sunningdale Avenue
Section 4: Mayes Brook Bridge

Building and funding the improvements

Subject to the outcome of this consultation, construction of our proposals could start early in 2020. It would take around 6 months to build the scheme between Barking town centre and Barking Riverside.  The money to build the improvements is identified in our Business Plan. 

We would work closely with the London Boroughs of Redbridge and Barking &  Dagenham to carefully plan construction to minimise disruption to everyone who lives, works and travels in the area. We would coordinate closely with other construction works in the area, and consider alternative ways of working including advance works, weekends and evenings.  

We would keep residents, businesses and community groups informed so they can plan ahead, reducing any impact on their journeys, lives and businesses.  

Healthy Streets

The changes proposed in this scheme are part of our commitment to deliver Healthy Streets. We are taking this approach to create a vibrant, successful city where the streets are welcoming to all and everyone can live active, healthy lives. The streets within this scheme and some of the proposed changes have been assessed by our designers against ten Healthy Streets Indicators using our Healthy Streets Check for Designers tool. This tool assesses the layout of streets against thirty-one measures which produce an overall Healthy Streets Check score out of 100. We use infographics to show the current score for some of the proposals within this scheme and potential scores based on our proposed changes. The Healthy Streets results can be seen in the diagram below.

Ilford to Barking Riverside Healthy Streets results (PDF 1.69MB)  

If you would like to know more about the Healthy Streets Check for Designers click here. If you have any questions about our Healthy Streets Approach please write to us at consultations@tfl.gov.uk.

Equalities Impact Assessment

We are subject to the general public sector equality duty set out in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, which requires us to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations by reference to people with protected characteristics.  These are: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. As part of our decision-making process on proposals for new schemes, we consider any impacts on those with protected characteristics and the need to ensure their interests are taken into account.

When changing the design of our streets, we closely consider the needs of all users throughout the process.

  • We have completed an Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) at the outset of the project, to review potential impacts on groups with protected characteristics, including disabled people
  • We are carrying out public consultations, including targeted engagement with specific user groups 
  • We will continue to ensure we comply with established guidance – such as the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges – which includes detailed requirements for disabled people

 The EqIA carried out on these proposals shows positive impacts for all people with protected characteristics who walk and cycle. We also identified some negative impacts, such as in those locations where we are proposing to introduce continuous footway crossings and new ‘shared use’ sections, where cyclists and pedestrians would share the pavement. It is likely these negative impacts would be felt by people with protected characteristics who use bus services, including people with disabilities, women and older people.  

The draft EqIA can be found below.

Ilford to Barking Riverside - Equality Impact Assessment (PDF 677KB) 

Have your say

We will be holding four public drop-in sessions where you can view the proposals, speak to members of the project team and ask questions:

Barking Learning Centre, 2 Town Square, Barking, IG11 7ND

  • Saturday 6 July 2019 (11:00 - 16:00)
  • Monday 8 July 2019 (12:00 - 19:00)

Sue Bramley Children’s Centre, Bastable Avenue, Barking, IG11 0LG

  • Tuesday 16 July 2019 (12:00 - 19:00)
  • Saturday 20 July 2019 (11:00 - 15:00)

These events are all in accessible spaces.

We will also be visiting places where people are likely to go along the route, handing out leaflets.

We would like to know what you think about our proposals. Please tell us by Monday 5 August 2019 by completing our survey below.

Alternatively, you can:

*Service and network charges apply. Visit tfl.gov.uk/terms for details. 

 You can also request paper copies of all the consultation materials and a response form, copies in Braille, large text or another language by emailing consultations@tfl.gov.uk or writing to FREEPOST TFL CONSULTATIONS.
If you would like information in another language or format please let us know as soon as possible. 

Next steps

Following the completion of the consultation we will assess all comments received and use this feedback to inform any necessary design changes. We plan to publish the consultation report and the response to issues raised report later this year.


  • Barking & Dagenham
  • Redbridge


  • Public
  • Stakeholders
  • Local residents
  • Local businesses
  • Schools
  • London Boroughs
  • Coach Operators
  • Taxi trade
  • Transport for London
  • Taxi customers and other stakeholders
  • Transport for London - staff
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  • Cycling
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