Following a positive response to the public consultation held in July 2017, works on the junction improvements will take place between May 2019 and summer 2020.
Blackhorse Road junction is a key public transport interchange in the borough and upgrading the junction to better meet the needs of the local community is a priority for the Council.
We know that with the recent opening of the Walthamstow Wetlands and 2,500 new car free homes being created by local regeneration, the area will get busier so we need to make sure it is easy and safe to get around.
As more people choose to live, work, and visit Waltham Forest we expect to see an increase in the use of walking, cycling and public transport services as the primary modes of transport.
The changes to the junction, as well the section of Forest Road between the station and the reservoirs, aim to support this shift to more sustainable methods of transport, benefiting residents, commuters, and helping to support the vibrant economy.
In September 2018 the newly upgraded Blackhorse Road Station was officially opened. It will support the regeneration of the Blackhorse Lane area to benefit residents and businesses.
The £900,000 project was jointly funded by Transport for London and the Greater London Authority, working with Waltham Forest Council, and included new ticket barriers and customer information systems.
What is proposed?
Changes to the area include:
- creating wider pavements to cater for more pedestrians
- making the junction more attractive with trees and high quality materials
- improving the bus facilities
- introducing new segregated cycle tracks
- improving pedestrian access to better connect local people to surrounding communities, public spaces, local amenities, and other public transport services.
Work suspended due to COVID-19
Work was suspended due to the COVID-19 emergency and resumed on Wednesday 13 May 2020 following Government guidelines and other advice on social distancing.
In order to complete the remaining works we will adopt the following phased approach in order to safely complete the works:
- The new footways and cycle tracks should be completed by the end of June 2020
- Road resurfacing will follow the completion of the footways and cycle tracks and is due to take place during July 2020 or August 2020
- Permanent cycle hoops will be installed outside and opposite the station by the end of May. The existing temporary cycle parking will remain to improve capacity
- The new layout has provided wider footways. The resumption of works will now focus on maximising footway space further for pedestrians by removing pinch points
- The cycle tracks cannot be opened yet. In order to maximise the ability to maintain social distancing cycle tracks will be given over to pedestrians on a temporary basis
- Cyclists will continue to use the road until the new cycle tracks are able to be opened safely
- In consultation with Transport for London (TfL)we will request signal timing changes to allow the implementation of temporary Advanced Cycle Stop Lines (ASL’s) on all approaches
- The permanent TfL crossing signals are now working. We will approach TfL to increase pedestrian crossing times to help minimise pedestrian queuing around the junction.
Changes during construction work
During the phased construction period please bear in mind the following:
- There will be a reduction in the amount of cycle parking outside Blackhorse Road station
- During peak times there may be some congestion, please plan your journey accordingly and use alternative routes or transport where possible
- There will be work signs and barriers present, please take note of these to make sure you stay safe when traveling through the junction
Pedestrian and cycle crossing points will change regularly, download the map
We apologise for any inconvenience caused during construction and we hope that you will bear with us so we can make these improvements to the area as soon as possible.
Keeping you informed
- Blackhorse area newsletter March 2021
- Download the Blackhorse area email newsletter 5 December 2020
- Download Waltham Forest Council letter on roadworks 11 June 2020
- Download Waltham Forest Council map of roadworks 11 June 2020
- Download Blackhorse Juntion email newsletter 15 May 2020
- Download email newsletter about work restarting at junction of Blackhorse Road with Courtenay Road 22 May 2020
- Download letter to residents about work restarting at junction of Blackhorse Road with Courtenay Road 21 May 2020
- Download the Walthamstow email newsletter 20 February 2020
- Download the Blackhorse Junction email newsletter 14 February 2020
- Download the Blackhorse Lane email newsletter 24 June 2019
- Download the Blackhorse Junction letter to residents 19 June 2019
- Download the Blackhorse Junction letter to residents 10 May 2019
- Download the Blackhorse Junction email newsletter 10 April 2019
- On Twitter: #BlackhorseJunction
- By signing up for our email newsletter
- Email: Enjoy Waltham Forest
- Stakeholder Relations and Community Engagement Manager, Genstacia Bull
To see work progressing at the site check out these timelapse camera views: