Quick update, as it's been a while...
Lots of modal filters are going in, and the centrepiece of the first stage, the semi-pedestrianisation of Orford Road in the centre of Walthamstow Village is all but finished and is amazing.
The reduction in through traffic in the area with the road closures has had a subtle but profound effect. Things don’t look that much different, but I cycle around this area with my family and it is so much quieter. I feel better about letting my boy loose on the roads. Would have kept him on the pavements before.
As well as modal filters, the big thing is Lea Bridge Road and Whipps Cross Roundabout. Plans have been released which will tear up Whipps X and turn it into a fully segregated T-Junction, plus the other end of Lea Bridge Road will see full segregation, which will eventually extend all the way up to the roundabout.
Small sections of the local population continue to protest, and there’s been a legal challenge from a group calling themselves E17Streets4All (lol) which essentially relied on a technicality that was easily fixed by the council.
All in all though, things are going well. It’s an exciting time out East for people who want to see somewhere with the balls to do something a bit radical that takes away priority from cars.
If you're from the area you can get on the Waltham Forest People on Bikes Facebook group and follow E17Streets4Cars on Twitter, which is quite funny.