Lee Valley Regional Park

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Public Transport

Where are we now?

Rail

Access to the Regional Park via rail varies in quality. The London Liverpool Street to Cambridge rail line, operated by National Express East Anglia (NEEA), follows the western boundary of the Park. With five or more trains per hour this provides good links to Stratford and central London, as well as locations further afield including Hertford, Cambridge, and the east of England. The eastern side of the Park is less well served by rail. Only Roydon Station, provides a suitable entry, with two trains stopping every hour.


In spite of improvements to directional signage, access from many of these rail stations to the Park can be uninviting and confusing. Proposals are being discussed to expand parts of the NEEA route from two to four tracks, in order to improve frequency of trains, capacity and ease congestion.


The south of the valley is traversed by a number of additional lines, with services provided by other train operating companies, London Underground and the Docklands Light Railway. These rail and tube lines provide important services to the Park for the wider London region, yet many of the stations lie some distance from the Park’s boundaries, and in spite of signage, entry to the Park is often difficult to locate especially for the visitor new to the area.


It is anticipated that the development of Stratford International close to the Park, as well as improvements to public transport from the legacy of the Olympics, will help reconnect the southern part of the Park with neighbouring areas and the wider region. In addition, the development of Cross Rail represents a unique opportunity to increase access to the Park from across London and Essex.

Bus

An extensive but complicated bus network exists within the Park and surrounding region. Most of the Park’s facilities are accessible by one or more bus services, although bus stops are not always located in close proximity to all facilities.

Car

The majority of visitors travel to the Regional Park by car (2008/9 data revealed 64.2% / 2,825,029 people came by car). Road access to the Regional Park is reasonable, although journey times vary considerably due to local road conditions, congestion, and whether a busy commuter route is used (e.g. the A10, M25, A104).

Foot

Most of the Park is surrounded by urban areas, where existing streets provide a good network of routes for moving around on foot. Unfortunately, access into the Park from the surrounding streets is in many areas restricted by barriers such as major roads, rail lines, waterways, industrial areas and private land. These barriers mean that for much of the Park, entry points are limited and there is often some distance between entrances.


The more rural areas to the north of the Park are well connected to an extensive public right of way network, although in many areas there is still some distance separating each entry point into the Park.


There are a number of strategic walking routes crossing the Park, including the Lee Valley Walk, the Lea Valley Pathway, the London Loop and the Capital Ring.

Cycling

The established cycle network provides good connections into the Park from the south. From the north, cycle networks are less well established and opportunities to cycle into the Park are generally limited to using the existing road network.

Horse Riding

Horse riding routes that connect with the Park are situated to the north at Stanstead Abbotts, Amwell, Holyfield, as well as south of Nazeing and around Gilwell Park (east of Sewardstone Road). Good bridleway networks exist beyond the Park boundary to the north and east, especially within Epping Forest.

What do we want to achieve?

To ensure that the Park is easy for people to get to and enjoy.


We believe there are five main areas that will help us to achieve this: -

1. Access for all

We want to make sure that everyone in the region can get to the Park easily, and that any barriers to access are removed. This is equally true for people living on its doorstep in inner London or from across the whole region.


2. Getting to the Park by Public Transport

We want as many people as possible to use the public transport network to get to the Park, especially those coming from places that are too far to walk or cycle. We want to improve the quality of access from the existing rail and bus services to make it easier to get from these transport networks into the Park.


3. Getting to the Park by foot or cycle

We want people to be able to walk, run or cycle to the Park easily. In order to maximise accessibility we want to ensure high quality links between the Park’s internal routes and the external Public Right of Way, cycle and bridleway network. We aim to deliver a fully integrated route network to, and through, the Park.


4. Getting to the Park by car

We recognise that vehicle access to many areas of the Park will remain the preferred mode of transport in the foreseeable future. We will strive to ensure the Park is easily located and accessible from the surrounding road network, and that adequate provision for vehicles is made at key Park facilities.


5. Remote access

The Park does not only benefit people who visit. Many people experience the Park through written information, the internet, newspaper reports and word of mouth. We want to build on our levels of remote access. To do this the Park must compete successfully in a crowded media market. This will require not only a strong brand and identity for the Park, but also a creative and constantly evolving approach to what, how, where and when the Park presents itself to the regional audience

How will we deliver?

On our estate

We will

  • Encourage access to the Park by sustainable transport modes, including walking, running, cycling and public transport.
  • Ensure the Park is truly accessible to all, and that barriers which prevent access for any section of the regional community are removed wherever possible.
  • Ensure entrance points into the Park are located intelligently to provide appropriate links with external routes and public transport networks.
  • Develop a strong Park identity and brand, and an accompanying marketing strategy, to maximise exposure to the regional market and highlight sustainable transport options for accessing the Park.
  • Develop a comprehensive and coordinated signage system. This will include appropriate entrance and branding signage where main transport routes lie adjacent to or cross the Park and improvements to signage into the Park from immediate neighbourhoods both residential and industrial.
  • Encourage remote access to the Park through ongoing development of our website. This will include potential live stream links to sites and/or events of interest; and ongoing development and distribution of promotional and informational literature.

Working with others

We will

  • Work with rail operators, including National Express East Anglia (NEEA), Transport for London and other relevant operators to maximise awareness and information about the Park across the rail network. This will include the provision of high quality station signage and information relating to the Park: promotion of the Park facilities and location, branding and marketing of the existing NEEA rail route as the ‘Lee Valley Park’ line, and ensuring all access routes across the railway infrastructure are retained and enhanced.
  • Work with Network Rail and other partners to explore opportunities and alleviate the impact arising from changes to the rail network infrastructure, including
    • Potential reopening of Lea Bridge Road Station
    • Potential development or relocation of Ponders End and Angel Road Stations.
    • Potential expansion of the Lee Valley line to four tracks.
  • Work with bus operators to locate bus routes and bus stops near to Park entrances and visitor facilities, to include appropriate signage providing directions to Park facilities and to schedule operating times with Park based events and operations.
  • Work with local highway authorities to:
    • Enhance the quality of routes to the Park (e.g. from rail stations), by improving streetscapes, creating additional signage and mitigating any existing barriers to access.
    • Enhance directional vehicle signage to the Park, and to key features and facilities within the Park, with motorway “brown signs” and local information signs.
    • Enhance access to the Park by sustainable transport modes (e.g. walking, running, cycling and horseback) by developing quality links between the Parks’ internal and external public right of way networks, and cycle and bridleway networks, to deliver integrated routes to and through the Park.
  • Create a wide network of web links with local and regional authorities, and other partners/stakeholders.

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