Mini-Holland Comes to Waltham Forest

????????????One of Waltham Forest’s busiest roads will be the focus of the next stage of consultations for the £30m mini Holland cycling scheme. The scheme involves some roads in the borough being re-configured for bike users and improved safety.

Ruckholt Road in Leyton, currently served by three bus routes and having three major junctions with Temple Mills Lane, Orient Way and Oliver Road, will be at the centre of a new consultation. Ruckholt is one of the busiest in the borough.

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’.

Plans for the road include 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 public consultation will launch on November 5 and will run through until November 26, with a leaflet outlining the proposed changes being delivered to local residents.There will be a drop in session at Leyton Library on November 13 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: http://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/miniholland