Cycling and walking improvements between Lea Bridge and Dalston: Phase 1 between Clapton and Dalston

Closed 9 Sep 2019

Opened 17 Jul 2019

Overview

We want your views on our proposals to transform streets in east London linking Lea Bridge and Dalston to make it easier and safer for people to cycle and walk. Neighbourhoods would be connected by a new high quality Cycleway, with improvements in each area also proposed for people walking.

The proposals are an important part of the Mayor of London's Transport Strategy. The proposals are guided by the Mayor of London's Healthy Streets Approach, which aims to encourage walking, cycling and public transport use and make London greener, healthier and more pleasant. The proposals are also an important part of the Mayor of London's Walking and Cycling Action Plans. These complementary plans set out how we and London boroughs will work to increase the number of people walking and cycling, helping to address poor air quality and congestion, while improving infrastructure to make walking and cycling even easier, safer and more accessible for everyone.

These proposals would provide benefits for all street users and communities in these areas, making it easier to cross busy roads, removing through traffic on some residential roads and offering segregated space for people to cycle. They would form part of London’s emerging cycling network connecting with Cycle Superhighway 1 in Dalston, and the Lea Bridge Road walking and cycling improvements in Waltham Forest.

We are consulting in two phases. This consultation is for the first phase between Dalston and Clapton, with a second consultation to follow in the Autumn that will detail proposals between Clapton and Lea Bridge.

The route between Dalston and Clapton follows streets with low traffic levels with several new or upgraded crossings on busier roads. Our proposals include:

  • A new cycle route that people cycling can use to get around
  • New and upgraded signalised junctions with pedestrian and cycle facilities
  • New and upgraded pedestrian and cycle priority crossings
  • Changing entry to and exit from some roads along the route
  • Improvements to traffic calming
  • Changes to some parking and loading provision
  • Improvements to the public realm

Here is a map of the route and the main proposals:

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Details of the proposals on each section of the route can be found below. Click here to open the detailed drawings as one pack (PDF 3.88MB).

We will be holding local drop-in events throughout the consultation (see below). Please share this consultation with your neighbours, community, friends, colleagues, staff etc so we get as many views as we can.

A second consultation detailing proposals between Clapton and Lea Bridge will follow in the Autumn when feasibility work is complete.

Below is a computer generated image of what the Cycleway could look like at Lea Bridge Roundabout.

CGI of what the Cycleway could look like at Lea Bridge Roundabout

If you would like to go straight to a particular topic please use the links below. 

What are Cycleways?

What we are proposing as the main changes to the street layout

Environmental impacts

Healthy Streets

Equalities

Have your say

What are Cycleways?

Cycleways are new high-quality cycle routes that people cycling can use to get around. They link communities, businesses and destinations across London. Each new Cycleway will have its own number with on-street signs and road markings, making them easy to use. As we rethink street space to benefit people cycling we are also prioritising changes that help people to move around on foot.

This proposed new Cycleway was identified in our Strategic Cycling Analysis as a key area for existing and potential cycling. This proposed new Cycleway also 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 Cycleways network.

The proposals

We want to hear from local people and all Londoners on our proposals, so we can design them to best meet people’s needs and expectations to encourage more people to cycle, walk and use public transport.

Our policy objectives for this scheme are to help deliver Vision Zero, the Walking and Cycling Action Plans and improve air quality. We have developed these proposals using experience from cycling infrastructure, healthy streets and public realm schemes. We have worked with local stakeholders and communities in the area seeking initial feedback on our ideas and to understand how these changes will affect local streets and people.

What we are proposing as the main changes to the street layouts

We are proposing a number of features along the route to make it safer and more pleasant for people who cycle and walk, whilst keeping buses running on time. These include some significant changes to the street layouts as explained below, and various small changes. See the map above for where these are proposed:

  • Early release and two-stage right turn facilities for people cycling at the junction of Boleyn Road and Crossway
  • A new two-way segregated cycle track on Crossway between Boleyn Road and John Campbell Street connecting to Cycle Superhighway 1
  • New pedestrian and cycle priority crossing on Crossway connecting to John Campbell Road
  • New signalised junction for people crossing Kingsland High Street (A10) at Sandringham Road
  • No access to Sandringham Road from Kingsland High Street except for people cycling
  • Sandringham Road one-way except for people cycling between Birkbeck Road and Kingsland High Street
  • Change of priority on Sandringham Road at the junction with St Mark’s Rise
  • Low level signals with early release for people cycling at the junction of Downs Park Road and Amhurst Road
  • New shared path for people walking and cycling and improved public realm at the junction of Downs Park Road and Queensdown Road
  • Improvements to the junction of Queensdown Road and Downs Road
  • Improved traffic calming measures along the route
  • Changes to parking on Crossway, Sandringham Road and Downs Park Road

To review our proposals and see the relevant maps for each of the sections along the proposed new Cycleway please use the links below:

Changes to parking and loading

Our proposals include changes to parking and loading bays and their hours of operation. During the consultation we will contact premises we think could be affected. If you think the proposals could affect you or your business, please contact us to let us know. We encourage you to discuss these proposals with your suppliers.

Please click on the detailed proposals above to find out the proposed changes to parking, waiting and loading along the proposed new Cycleway.

Environmental impacts

To make long-term improvements in London’s air quality we need to make real changes to how London operates now. A number of schemes to improve London's air quality are planned including taking steps to reduce air pollution from our bus fleet, reducing emissions from taxis and private hire vehicles, setting up five ‘Low Emission Neighbourhoods’ and expanding the electric vehicle charging network, making it simpler to use. We are investing to make London’s streets healthy, safe and attractive places to walk and cycle. Enabling more journeys to be made on foot or by bike can help reduce private vehicle use and associated emissions.

In developing these proposals we have aimed to:

  • Reduce the dominance of traffic in the area
  • Improve pedestrian crossing and cycle facilities to encourage more people to walk and cycle
  • Maintain bus journey times to encourage people to use public transport
  • Integrate new cycle facilities with transport interchanges to help people who need to interchange with buses, tubes and trains to continue their journeys

Air pollution is one of the most significant challenges facing London, affecting the health of all Londoners. As part of the plans for new measures to tackle London’s current poor air quality we introduced the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) on 8 April 2019. In 2021 this will be expanded to include the inner London area bounded by the North and South Circular roads.

A number of other schemes to improve London's air quality are planned including taking steps to reduce air pollution from our bus fleet, reducing emissions from taxis and private hire vehicles, setting up five ‘Low Emission Neighbourhoods’ and expanding the electric vehicle charging network, making it simpler to use.

We are investing to make London’s streets healthy, safe and attractive places to walk and cycle. Enabling more journeys to be made on foot or by bike can help reduce private vehicle use and associated emissions. See here for more information on how we are creating Healthy Streets.

Healthy Streets

In our commitment to deliver the Healthy Streets approach we are creating a vibrant, successful city where the streets are welcoming to all, and everyone can live active, healthy lives. These proposals have been assessed against the ten Healthy Streets Indicators. To see the results of this assessment click here (PDF 2.83MB).

The Healthy Streets Check for Designers is a spreadsheet tool to enable designers to assess a street layout and use against the 10 Healthy Streets Indicators. The layout of the street is assessed against thirty one quantitative metrics to produce an overall Healthy Streets Check score out of 100.  This is a very conservative tool that assesses each metric at its weakest point. Twenty one metrics are scored between 1 and 3. Ten of the metrics are scored between zero and three. These are high priority metrics because they can have a significant impact on how the street feels to walk, cycle, use public transport or spend time on. 

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

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. The protected characteristics 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 have due regard to any impacts on those with protected characteristics and the need to ensure their interests are taken into account.

In developing these proposals we closely considered the needs of all users throughout the design process. As this scheme is a significant infrastructure project we:

  • Have completed an Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) to review potential impacts
  • Will carry out public consultations, including targeted engagement with specific user groups
  • Will continue to ensure we comply with established guidance – such as the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges – which includes detailed requirements

The EqIA will be kept under review and updated to reflect any material changes to the proposals.

Click here for our Equality Impact Assessment (PDF 830KB).

Why we are consulting

The proposed improvements are designed to help us meet the target set-out in the Mayor of London's Transport Strategy of changing the way people choose to travel, so that 80% of all London trips are made by foot, bicycle or public transport by 2041, up from 64% today. Changing how space is allocated to different street users throughout London is an important way of helping more people travel sustainably.

Improving safety for people who want to walk or cycle

The areas between Lea Bridge and Dalston tend to be residential with vibrant high streets and green space. However, some roads through these neighbourhoods are currently dominated by motor traffic and can be intimidating and unpleasant places for people to walk and cycle. These proposals would provide a safer and more pleasant environment and would improve connections between residential areas and town centres. They would contribute towards the Mayor of London’s Vision Zero ambition to eradicate deaths and serious injuries from our streets by 2041.

By giving people space and time to cycle in the area more easily and safely, and by providing improved crossing facilities for people walking, we can encourage more people to use these healthy and sustainable forms of transport while keeping other traffic moving. These improvements would help to make these streets more welcoming for people walking, cycling and using public transport so people and the community as a whole can benefit.

Improving London’s air

London's air is toxic leading to 9,000 premature deaths a year and road transport contributes the majority of air pollution in the city. Reducing the number of trips by private vehicles and encouraging people to walk, cycle and use public transport would significantly improve our air.

Part of London’s growing cycle network  

The new cycle facilities aim to encourage people who would like to cycle, but currently feel unable to do so.

Two-thirds of car trips 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 can help people cycle more, alongside providing training.

We know building more walking and cycling infrastructure can improve town centres and make them into places where people want to spend more time.  We also know walking and cycling boost employees’ productivity, giving another boost to the local economy.

There is great potential for more 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 enjoying what the city has to offer.

Improving the health of Londoners

We want to make it easier for people to use sustainable travel and lead active lifestyles. We also want to make the streets as part of the scheme healthier, safer and more welcoming places for everyone. The proposals form part of the Mayor of London’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 1 in 6 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.

When would we build the scheme?

Subject to the outcome of this consultation, construction could start as early as this winter.

Working closely with Hackney Council in delivering the proposals we would carefully plan construction to minimise disruption to those who live, work and travel in the area. As part of this planning 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.

Have your say

Public exhibitions

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:

  • Dalston Kingsland Overground station Saturday 17 August 2019, 11:00 to 14:00 CANCELLED, TO BE RESCHEDULED

Check back for more dates and places.

At these we will explain how previous feedback has helped shape our design.

These events are all in accessible spaces.

We will also be visiting business and places where people are likely to go along the route handing out information. Information will also be available in community spaces like town halls, libraries, leisure centres, places of worship or faith and community centres.

Other proposed new Cycleways

Over the next few months we plan to consult on the second phase of the proposed Cycleway between Lea Bridge and Dalston, as well as other Cycleways and associated improvements for people walking, see tfl.gov.uk/new-cycle-routes.

If you would like to be kept informed of these consultations please tell us at newcycleroutes@tfl.gov.uk.

We would like to know what you think about our proposals. Please tell us by Monday 9 September 2019 by completing our survey below.

Alternatively, you can:

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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 (CYCLEWAY).

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.

Areas

  • Hackney

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Cycling
  • Junction Improvements
  • Roads
  • Walking
  • Urban realm improvements
  • Air Quality