Some enterprising residents, from Chigwell Residents’ Association, the Parish Council, and Epping Forest Transport Action Group (EFTAG), have seen some opportunities for some exciting safe cycle routes connecting schools and transport hubs across Chigwell.
The main route would help children get safely from Chigwell Row to Wells Park School, Chigwell Primary School and Chigwell (independent) School. It would run along the left (south) side of Lambourne Road, by the tennis courts, then turn right down Vicarage Lane (where the pavement is wide enough to be shared with pedestrians), and then along an (upgraded) Green Lane to Chigwell Village. This route also connects with EFTAG’s existing route 39 across the Roding Valley to Loughton, and could easily be extended down Lambourne Road to provide a link to Grange Hill station. We foresee challenges along the western part of Lambourne Road (the Vicarage Lane end), but these we think can be overcome.
In addition, there would be high-quality cycle-parking at Grange Hill and Chigwell Stations, for the shops as well as the Underground.
Let us know what you think of these ideas (firstname.lastname@example.org). We are sure there is potential here, but it’s all at a very early stage.