Street improvements for three stations with £6.7m Crossrail funding
PUBLISHED: 12:30 23 March 2015 | UPDATED: 12:30 23 March 2015
The streets around three of the borough's train stations are set to be improved as part of a £6.7m scheme.
Substantial improvements will be made in Maryland, Forest Gate and Manor Park after funding was awarded from the TfL Crossrail Complementary Measures programme.
Cabinet members approved a public consultation on each of the three schemes, although outline proposals were submitted as part of the grant application.
The Maryland proposal is to improve pedestrian access to the station by replacing the traffic island with a signal controlled crossing, as well as narrowing the carriageway.
In Forest Gate, the sliproad between Forest Lane and Woodgrange Road could be removed, allowing for more direct crossings. Bus stops in the area may also be relocated.
A possible 20mph speed limit around both stations is under consideration.
The proposed work around Manor Park is more straightforward, with a relocation and raising of the zebra crossing and improving the footpath on either side of Station Road.
Cllr Ellie Robinson, deputy cabinet lead for Building Communities as well as a Forest Gate North representative, welcomed the funding, saying it was “going to create improvement in the Forest Gate area”.
Funding for a detailed design and consultation will be given to the council on April 1.