Ferry Lane forms a key route into the borough and to the centre of Tottenham Hale.
Prior to works commencing, Ferry Lane was not a particularly welcoming or safe environment for pedestrians or cyclists. The pavement was in a poor condition and directly next to a busy roadway with Cyclists having to share the road with heavy traffic.
Despite being connected to green and open spaces, such as the Walthamstow Wetlands, the Lee Valley Park and the Paddock the road had very hard landscaping and no visual cues that highlighted this link. The road was also prone to flooding.
Works commenced in March 2020 and have finished with the recent installation of an artwork feature this month to the TFL airshaft wall that overlooks Ferry Lane and is situated within the Paddock Park. The improvements extend from Mill Mead Road junction and continue along Ferry lane and up to the borough boundary with Walthamstow. The improvements made along the route will encourage residents and visitors to stay longer to appreciate the distinct character of the route with its adjoining open spaces and waterways either side.
The improvements to Ferry Lane include the following:
- Raised cycle lanes that are separated from the traffic to protect cyclists from motorists. They have also served to change driver behaviour and reduce vehicle speeds along the route.
- Footpath improvements and the road resurfaced
- New sustainable drainage system to manage flooding with Swales (couldn’t find an alternative word) within the Paddock and Rain Gardens along Ferry lane that have also served to contribute towards the existing rich wildlife through soft planting and biodiversity enhancements.
- De-cluttering and removal of the large and unattractive lighting structure that was referred to as the ‘Razor light’ and was situated next to Ferry Lane bridge
- New trees and planting along the front of the Paddock and the junction with Bream Close
- Installation of street lighting columns to indicate the entrance to Tottenham Hale. The lights will be LED energy-efficient and environmentally sensitive by reducing light pollution
- Artwork features along the route that are centered around the theme of the Wetland Environment and the transition from the District Centre at Tottenham Hale to the Walthamstow Wetlands.