Billet Road Consultation – Now open!

Great news! London Borough of Waltham Forest have been awarded funding by TfL for road safety and environmental improvements, and want implement a two-way, fully segregated east and west cycle track along Billet Road in Walthamstow.

This funding has been awarded following a number of serious injuries and fatalities over the last 5 years, and is not part of the wider Mini Holland programme. Download the consultation document here: http://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/Pages/Services/council-consultation-service-delivery.aspx

Respond today by emailing traffic.scheme@walthamforest.gov.uk and reference ‘Billet Road’ in the subject.

Consultation closes Sunday, 13 March 2016.

What does WFCC think about this proposal?

We are very pleased to see provision of this quality being proposed outside of the Mini Holland programme but the Billet Road scheme is not perfect.

Below are the primary issues we will be raising with the council, and please let us know if there is anything we have missed:

1. The scheme lacks cycle provision at the two existing roundabouts on Billet Road. Our recommendation is the roundabouts are removed (as these act as major deterrents to pedal cycle use), and that the roads leading into Billet Road are treated as side roads with give-way markings & blended crossings. Traffic volumes do not appear to justify signalisation at the Folly Lane junction so we are calling for Billet Road & cycle tracks to take priority here. We understand that unless motor traffic volumes can be significantly decreased Higham Hill Road junction will require signalisation.

2. There is a distinct lack of cycle provision at the North Countess Road junction. We realise this location has recently been signalised but bearing in mind its proximity to the large Walthamstow Academy secondary school and the obstacle the junction now represents in contiguous provision for the Billet Road scheme we are deeply concerned about the design.

3. We are concerned that the proposed cycle track on Billet Road lacks priority over smaller side roads along Billet Road specifically at Guildsway, Wigton Road and Cecil Road E17. Cycle track priority should be improved at these junctions with less experienced bike users in mind such as those cycling to the school.

4. We are concerned about pedestrian/cycle conflict at the bus-stop boarders included in the Billet Road design. Happily we’ve recently seen the replacement of bus-stop boarders with full by-passes throughout the designs for the Mini Holland Lea Bridge Road scheme and we urge officers to revisit each of the bus-stop boarders featured in the Billet Road scheme with the aim to replacing them with full by-passes wherever possible. We believe there is space to include bus-stop by-passes at the westbound stop by Sinnot Avenue and the westbound stop by Higham Hill Road.

5. Please provide assurances that the cycle tracks proposed will be free from the vertical kerb upstands as implemented on Blackhorse Road cycle tracks. These upstands are known to cause riders to fall from their cycles especially the young and less experienced.

Let us & the council know your views!

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