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Road traffic schemes

Last updated 27 July 2015

Traffic schemes are usually designed and installed as the result of an accident problem, following requests from residents or as part of a national policy (for example, the introduction of 20mph zones).

Traffic schemes 2014/15

Proposed controlled parking zone consultations - Upper Walthamstow area, Whipps Cross South area, Highams Park area, Theydon Street area

The Council is consulting with residents in the:

  • Upper Walthamstow area
  • Whipps Cross South area
  • Highams Park area
  • and Theydon Street areas

about the possible introduction of parking controls in their roads. This is a result of residents complaining about parking difficulties they are experiencing. Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs) are a resident led measure where priority is given to residents and business to having an increased chance of finding a parking space near their home.

This is achieved through restricting the parking within a road during specific times. Residents have to pay for a permit to park in the zone, provided they are eligible.

The Council is seeking the views of residents and particularly those within the consultation areas highlighted on the maps in the consultation documents below, about their parking experiences.

It would be appreciated if we receive your responses before 10 August 2015.

Quietway 2: Bloomsbury to Walthamstow (Section 1, Coppermill Lane) Consultation?

As part of the Mayor of London’s vision for cycling, Waltham Forest Council has been awarded funding from Transport for London (TfL) to deliver a section of the London Quietway Cycling Scheme two that runs from Bloomsbury to Walthamstow.

Quietways will be a network of cycle routes running throughout London that link key destinations following quieter routes such as backstreet routes, through parks, along waterways or tree-lined streets. Quietway route 2 will be one of the first Quietways to be introduced in London and will run from Bloomsbury to Walthamstow through Russell Square, Angel, London Fields, Hackney Central, along Coppermill Lane ending at Walthamstow Central. The routes are designed to overcome barriers to cycling, targeting people who want to cycle but are put off by traffic conditions, less confident cyclists who prefer low-traffic routes and those who prefer to travel at a more gentle pace.

In addition to the Quietway, Waltham Forest Council has been awarded £27million by Transport for London for the Mini-Holland Programme. This three year funded programme will allow us to make significant improvements to the borough’s walking and cycling infrastructure bringing a wealth of benefits, and encouraging more people to walk and cycle.

The Quietways will benefit from Mini-Holland design principles to improve the roads as well as walking and cycling provision.

The Council is now consulting on Section 1 of the route running through Coppermill Lane.

The consultation documents and questionnaire have been sent to the residents and businesses immediately affected by the proposals.

Please send your comments back via post to the Low Hall Depot Address (in the free post envelope provided) or email no later than 31 July 2015. NOTE:

The consultation is not open for people that do not live in the area affected. To learn more about Mini-Holland visit

Blackhorse Lane - Highway Improvement Scheme

The London Borough of Waltham Forest has received funding from Transport for London to improve the Blackhorse Lane corridor between Forest Road and Riverhead Close. The proposed improvements are being designed to complement the Mini Holland programme which we are currently busy developing.

Have your say by contacting us by 20th July 2015 by email.

Grove Green CPZ

Residents in Grove Green received a letter dated 6 February 2015 wherein it was confirmed that the majority of residents consulted were in favour (area wide) of controls. A letter on 12 May highlighted the implementation plan and how to apply for permits.

  • Residents within the area can apply for permits now
  • That enforcement will start around 25 May 2015
  • Your Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) will be known as Grove Green West (GGW) and Grove Green North (GGN)
  • GGW will operate between Monday to Friday, 8am – 6.30pm
  • GGN will operate between Monday to Saturday, 8am – 6.30pm
  • Obtaining your parking permits

You can apply and pay for your resident parking permits online via the Council’s website at You will be asked to upload required documents of proof in the application and to complete payment once your application has been approved. You can also apply for your resident permit via post, by downloading a postal application form from the website, completing it fully and sending it with documents of proof and payment to the parking control office.

Visitor permits can also be purchased online at:, via post by downloading an application form from the Council website or in person at Leyton Library.

Business Permits can be applied for online at

If you have any enquiries in regards to your permit applications please contact the Parking Control Office on 0203 0920 112 and select option 3.

Endlebury Road / Gunners Grove - Highway improvement scheme

These proposals aim to improve general road safety, reduce the road traffic accidents, through traffic and the average speed in the Gunners Grove area.

View the:

The consultation period is now closed.

Peterborough Road - Neighbourhood Scheme

The Council introduced a neighbourhood traffic scheme in mid-January 2015 into the area bounded by Peterborough Road, Essex Road, Lea Bridge Road and James Lane to try to reduce the overall level of traffic travelling through these streets.

The recent changes in traffic patterns have resulted in a number of complaints from residents and following discussions on how the scheme could be improved, the Council has agreed to carry out some alterations to the current arrangements. The changes are based upon recent traffic surveys, which have shown that some roads in the area have seen large increases in traffic, although some other roads have equally seen large reductions in traffic. This letter explains the changes which will come into effect on 11 May 2015, with the aim of restoring some of the balance to the traffic levels in the roads in the area.

View the information letter

View the amended scheme plan

Blackhorse Road - Highway improvement scheme

The London Borough of Waltham Forest has received funding from Transport for London to improve the Blackhorse Road corridor. The proposed improvements have been designed to complement the Mini Holland programme which we are currently busy planning.

The consultation period is now closed.

Selborne Road - Air Quality and Highway Improvement Scheme

Funding has been secured from the Mayor's Air Quality Fund and Transport for London to improve conditions on Selborne Road. The proposals are being designed in conjunction with the Borough's Mini Holland programme and are planned to be introduced later this year.

The consultation period is now closed.

20mph zone scheme - Areas between Lea Bridge Road & A406

You may be aware that the Council is committed to improving road safety for all road users and residents through proposed plans to introduce 20mph speed zones in all residential areas across the borough. These measures would go great lengths in improving not only road safety but also the physical environment of residential streets and areas within the borough. This in turn would promote sustainable and active transport methods and lifestyles which benefit the entire community.

Due to the large scope of this scheme the works involved have been programmed to take place over three years from 2013 to 2015. The first stage of the scheme concentrated on the area south of Lea Bridge Road and has already been completed. We are now looking at all the streets within the ‘central’ area between Lea Bridge Road and the A406 (North Circular Road) that are currently not within an existing 20mph zone.

The associated works for this scheme in your area are programmed to be completed during this financial year. The funding to implement this scheme has been secured from Transport for London.

If you are still unsure about aspects of the scheme you can contact Council officers by emailing or by calling 020 8496 3000.

The consultation period is now closed.

Larkshall Road - Highway improvement scheme

In recent years there have been a number of road accidents involving personal injury in your area and Transport for London has allocated funds to address this issue. Waltham Forest Council is proposing to make Larkshall Road safer for all road users, to enhance the pedestrian experience by de-cluttering the street, improve the riding experience for cyclists and to increase bus reliability and bus stops accessibility.

The proposed changes are in the section of Larkshall Road between Ropers Avenue and New Road and its junction with The Broadway.

Contact: or by calling 020 8496 1039

The consultation period is now closed.

Traffic Management Orders

Traffic Management Orders (TMOs) are documents that provide the legal backing for the enforcement of road, traffic or parking schemes under the relevant national legislation.

There are three different types of TMOs:

Permanent orders

Permanent orders give rise to the majority of signs and lines that are placed on streets. Examples of these are:

  • Single/double yellow lines
  • Parking spaces
  • Banned turns
  • One-ways
  • Speed limits

Please note: not all on-street restrictions require an order, for example box junctions.

Experimental orders

Experimental orders are used to enable the Council to monitor the effect of the TMO and vary its provisions as necessary. The duration of an experimental order lasts no more than eighteen months before they are either abandoned, amended or made permanent.

Temporary orders

Temporary orders are made to temporarily prohibit, restrict or suspend the use of a road as a result of highway or utility works, street cleansing or situations that are likely to be a danger to the public (for example. falling debris). Orders are for a maximum period of eighteen months or six months if affecting a footway that is separate from a main highway.

The Council can immediately issue a temporary notice to prohibit, restrict or suspend the use of a road following an emergency such as a burst water main.

TMO procedures

By law, the Council is required to publish notices in a local newspaper that advertise the proposal and effects of TMOs. In some cases the notices are published in the London Gazette.

If the Council feels additional publicity is needed for a TMO they can choose to erect notices on lamp columns in the street to which any TMO proposal relates.

In the case of permanent and experimental orders the Council must consult statutory bodies such as the police, ambulance, fire brigade, bus operators, Road Haulage Association and Freight Transport Association. Also, other groups such as cyclist and pedestrian associations will be contacted if any TMOs affect them.

A temporary order does not require any consultation but the emergency services must be notified of they are affected.

How to object to a TMO

Information on how to object to a TMO, and deadlines for submitting letters of objection are outline in the public notice. The Council is legally required to consider and reply to every letter it receives.

If the public feel the Council has not followed the correct procedures in making the TMO they can appeal to the High Court within six weeks of the order being made.

Road humps and pedestrian crossings

TMOs are not required for road humps or pedestrian crossings but similar procedures with regards to public notices and objections apply.

Traffic Management Orders public notices

Below is the list of public notices advertising proposed or made TMOs in the borough. Click on the notice title to view each notice.

Date Notice
17 June 2013 Proposed extension of Shernhall Bakers Arms controlled parking zone into various roads E17 (28KB PDF file)

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