Safety scheme at Charlie Brown's roundabout to start

Published: 5 July 2018

Work to improve safety at a major junction in the borough will start next week after persistent lobbying for the scheme by Redbridge Council.

The long-awaited TfL improvement project at Charlie Brown’s roundabout in South Woodford will start on Monday 9 July after years of campaigning by the council on behalf of residents.

Safety measures at one of the borough’s busiest junctions will include signal-controlled pedestrian and cycle crossings, and the widening of footpaths.

The roundabout, which is TfL’s responsibility, has not been updated since it was first built making it a hostile environment for pedestrians and cyclists trying to cross the junction. 

TfL gave the go ahead for the scheme at the end of 2017 following consultation earlier in the year.

Cabinet Member for Civic Pride Cllr John Howard said: “It’s great news that this much needed safety improvement scheme is going ahead.  For too long this junction has been a hostile environment for residents and the changes will be a real boost for all those who use it.  Unfortunately to get the long-term benefits we will have to endure the short-term disruption, so we ask residents to be patient and to take extra care while TfL complete their works.”      

Leader of the Council, Cllr Jas Athwal, added: “We have campaigned tirelessly over many years for safety measures at this very busy junction so I’m pleased that TfL are now implementing the urgently required scheme.  This is another example of the council listening to the needs of residents and fighting their corner to get a result that has real benefits for the community.”         

Penny Rees, TfL’s Head of Network Sponsorship, said: “The transformation of Charlie Brown’s Roundabout will make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists in line with the Mayor of London’s Healthy Streets Approach. Our plans to install signalised pedestrian and cycle crossings on all arms of the roundabout and widen the pavements, will reduce road danger and contribute to the Mayor’s Vision Zero target: nobody killed or seriously injured on London’s roads by 2041. We are working to minimise the impact of this work, and advise residents to check their journeys before they travel.”

Most of work will take place overnight from 9pm to 5am Monday to Friday between 9 July until 31 October 2018, with some phases during the traditionally quieter summer holidays undertaken between 10am and 4pm.  

During the upgrade temporary changes will be in place including diversions and lane closures impacting on the A406 and A1400.  Bus routes will also be affected and some pedestrian crossings temporarily closed.

Variable Message Signs will be displayed from 9 July to provide advanced notice of footways work, which are due to start on 23 July.

Residents can find out more about the scheme by visiting the TfL website.

For up to date traffic news go to or follow @TfLTrafficNews on twitter and for information on bus diversions visit or follow @TflBusAlerts.  

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