Parking bays suspended in more Waltham streets to assist social distancing

Waltham Forest Council has suspended parking in four more streets to make social distancing easier.

The council is trying to widen footpaths in busy shopping streets and is working in partnership with Transport for London’s Streetspace scheme.

The council suspended bays in four busy locations at the start of this month and said it was actively looking into further locations.

Four more roads – Palmerston Road, Forest Road, Hainault Road and Hoe Street – had their bays suspended on Sunday (May 17).

The first four roads affected were High Road, Leytonstone and Church Lane, Wood Street, Cann Hall Road and Higham Hill Road.

Speaking on May 13 regarding the initial suspensions, deputy council leader Cllr Clyde Loakes said the borough has “led the country in reprioritising our road space away from the motor car and in favour of pedestrians and cyclists”.

He added: “We want to continue to embed the significant behaviour change we were seeing in Waltham Forest before the coronavirus pandemic hit and the huge and positive behaviour changes that have occurred over the last six weeks or so.

“That behaviour change has seen a 97 per cent increase in cyclists in Lea Bridge Road for example – the appetite and willingness is clearly there!

“It’s clear Waltham Forest is providing the leadership and blueprint for the rest of the country to follow.”

The council has stated that “where possible” parking for disabled users, business deliveries and servicing will stay in place.


Victoria Munro

Local Democracy Reporter