Ilford Garden Junction
The Transformation Begins
The Ilford Garden Junction scheme with £1 million from the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund and further funding from the Mayor and TfL's Liveable Neighbourhoods programme will create a green gateway between Redbridge and Newham to revamp the junction under the A406 fly-over. The project aims to vastly improve the area, with extensive landscaping, lighting and new walking and cycling opportunities. The transformed junction will provide a safe and accessible route to Ilford Town Centre, the upgraded Crossrail station, bus services and the nearby high quality green open space alongside the River Roding for residents and businesses.
To improve the public realm, and the sense of “Place” at this junction and to encourage more people to walk through the Ilford Garden Junction we are;
- Reallocating spare road space for walking
- Providing planting to further segregate traffic from pedestrians and to reduce exposure to pollution and noise
- Locating pavements away from the traffic to improve safety and reduce exposure to pollution
- Improving the quality of pavements
- Improving footway lighting and deter anti-social behaviour by installing energy-efficient lighting and CCTV
- Creating a pocket park on the bank of the River Roding, which will open up the waterfront view. This area will be open, well-lit and covered by CCTV providing a focal point for pedestrian activity and a place for resting and relaxing.
Ilford Garden Junction, on the Stratford to Ilford corridor, which has been identified as an opportunity corridor to improve cycling in London, currently does not have any specific infrastructure for cycling through the junction. Survey results showed the majority of cyclists (70%) avoided using the road by riding on the footways to avoid the intimidating road conditions.
The Roding Valley Way cycle route from the Essex Border to the Thames passes to the west of Ilford Garden Junction.
To improve provision for cyclists of all abilities we are;
- Improving cyclist safety by reallocating spare road space for cycling and introduce a segregated two-way cycle lane through the junction on the north side
- Connecting with the Roding Valley Way cycle route
- Connecting with existing and future cycle provision in Newham and Redbridge
- Improving lighting and deter anti-social behaviour by installing energy-efficient LED lighting
- Providing an island bus stop to keep cyclists separate from buses and bus passengers
Planting of appropriate species of shrubs and trees can affect local air quality by altering the urban atmospheric environment. It can transform the streetscape and public space within the junction. Planting provides a barrier between pollution generating vehicles and pedestrians.
The benefits of planting include;
- Plants with “sticky” leaves trap particulate matter and either ingest it or hold the particles until they are washed away by rain or dispersed through leaf fall
- Trees to remove nitrogen dioxide from the atmosphere
- Reducing the amount of carbon dioxide and increase the amount of oxygen in the air
- Reducing noise transmission at the junction
- Softening the harsh urban environment created by the bridge structures and large areas of hard standing.
As well as being an installation and borough gateway, lighting plays an essential role in making the junction a more inviting place for pedestrians during the evening and reducing night time severance that can result from perceived fear of crime.
To improve the night-time feel of the junction and visibility under the structures, we will;
- Introduce lighting to soften the structures and enhance their features through an array of coloured lights.
- Improve existing street lighting in the junction area by installing energy-efficient lighting to improve safety and deter anti-social behaviour