Ray Dudley Way pedestrian footpath opened on Monday

The newly opened footpath at Walthamstow Queen's Road in Exeter Road

The newly opened footpath at Walthamstow Queen's Road in Exeter Road

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Commuters have welcomed a new pedestrian link between stations, which was originally promised almost two decades ago.  

The Ray Dudley Way footpath connecting Walthamstow Central and Queen's Road Overground station opened on Monday. 

Rail campaign groups, including the Barking to Gospel Oak Rail User Group (BGORUG), had long fought to get the pathway built after planning permission was agreed in 1996. 

It has been officially named in honour of local activist Mr Dudley after the BGORUG made the request to Waltham Forest Council last year.   

The average walking journey for people going between both stations prior to its opening was 10 to 15 minutes. It now just takes about two minutes to reach both platforms. 

Miggy Barradas, 48, of Northcote Road in Walthamstow, welcomed the new link. 

He said: "It's about bloody time.

"No one had been told it was open so this is great and will definitely be a lot more convenient."

Muhammad Mhamood, of Ringwood Road in Walthamstow, described the previous length of time to walk between the stations as a "headache". 

The 42-year-old said: "Every time it took 10 to 15 minutes and was giving people a headache.

"People would regularly come up to me and ask how to get to Walthamstow Central, at least now it's much easier."  

The building of a footpath between the two stations was first blocked 46 years ago by British Rail when they attempted to close Queen's Road station.

Walthamstow Central is on the line between Chingford and Liverpool Street, while Queen's Road is part of the line between Barking and Gospel Oak.

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11:44am Wed 13 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

Great facility for everyone .Could be a muggers paradise unless there are regular police foot patrols. Time will tell.
Great facility for everyone .Could be a muggers paradise unless there are regular police foot patrols. Time will tell. Villagecranberry
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2:56pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Go42 says...

Went there today. Alighted at the station. Initial signposting good but thereafter nothing. As regards mugging, there is exceptional CCTV coverage along the route, much better that the route for the ladt 18 years through local roads!
Went there today. Alighted at the station. Initial signposting good but thereafter nothing. As regards mugging, there is exceptional CCTV coverage along the route, much better that the route for the ladt 18 years through local roads! Go42
  • Score: 6

4:37pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

Go42 wrote:
Went there today. Alighted at the station. Initial signposting good but thereafter nothing. As regards mugging, there is exceptional CCTV coverage along the route, much better that the route for the ladt 18 years through local roads!
CCTV is good but does not afford the protection of a police patrol.

Gangs cover their faces and wear hoodies to avoid detection and no amount of cameras would deter the desperate feral.
[quote][p][bold]Go42[/bold] wrote: Went there today. Alighted at the station. Initial signposting good but thereafter nothing. As regards mugging, there is exceptional CCTV coverage along the route, much better that the route for the ladt 18 years through local roads![/p][/quote]CCTV is good but does not afford the protection of a police patrol. Gangs cover their faces and wear hoodies to avoid detection and no amount of cameras would deter the desperate feral. Villagecranberry
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8:36pm Wed 13 Aug 14

GlennW says...

Go42 wrote:
Went there today. Alighted at the station. Initial signposting good but thereafter nothing. As regards mugging, there is exceptional CCTV coverage along the route, much better that the route for the ladt 18 years through local roads!
London Overground have provided good direction signing within their station but so far the Council has only provided two nameplates for the Ray Dudley Way section. If no improvement by the weekend BGORUG will provide some temporary direction signs through Edison Close and the Walthamstow Central car park/building site. We have asked London Underground to provide some signs in the subway from the bus station.

Glenn Wallis
Secretary
Barking - Gospel Oak Rail Users Group
www.barking-gospeloa
k.org.uk
@RidingtheGoblin
[quote][p][bold]Go42[/bold] wrote: Went there today. Alighted at the station. Initial signposting good but thereafter nothing. As regards mugging, there is exceptional CCTV coverage along the route, much better that the route for the ladt 18 years through local roads![/p][/quote]London Overground have provided good direction signing within their station but so far the Council has only provided two nameplates for the Ray Dudley Way section. If no improvement by the weekend BGORUG will provide some temporary direction signs through Edison Close and the Walthamstow Central car park/building site. We have asked London Underground to provide some signs in the subway from the bus station. Glenn Wallis Secretary Barking - Gospel Oak Rail Users Group www.barking-gospeloa k.org.uk @RidingtheGoblin GlennW
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9:42pm Fri 15 Aug 14

tjw422 says...

The Priory Avenue Residents Association raised high concerns about this walkway (along with the high rise buildings on the Central car park site) before and at the LBWF planning decision meeting forwarded by the LBWF Senior Planner Ian Ansell. The local police also raised their concerns. Time will tell on the safety of this path. The argument that CCTV will safeguard people when CCTV has failed so many times before around the borough where CCTV has not worked for some reason, or has not been clear enough to convict someone, etc. Much safer for these commuters to use the current residential routes of Cedars and Priory Avenues routes. Will be interesting to see if the powers that be restrict or stop this new route when phase two of the high rise builds commences in the remaining area of the car park. H&S issues??
The Priory Avenue Residents Association raised high concerns about this walkway (along with the high rise buildings on the Central car park site) before and at the LBWF planning decision meeting forwarded by the LBWF Senior Planner Ian Ansell. The local police also raised their concerns. Time will tell on the safety of this path. The argument that CCTV will safeguard people when CCTV has failed so many times before around the borough where CCTV has not worked for some reason, or has not been clear enough to convict someone, etc. Much safer for these commuters to use the current residential routes of Cedars and Priory Avenues routes. Will be interesting to see if the powers that be restrict or stop this new route when phase two of the high rise builds commences in the remaining area of the car park. H&S issues?? tjw422
  • Score: 0

8:27am Fri 29 Aug 14

StewE17 says...

Much as I am pleased to read the news of the opening of Ray Dudley Way as a resident of Walthamstow, I wonder why this is being reported in The Bolton News?

Regrettably I have never been to Bolton. Perhaps I should now visit Bolton to find out what the connection is between Bolton and Walthamstow. I'm eager to find out.
Much as I am pleased to read the news of the opening of Ray Dudley Way as a resident of Walthamstow, I wonder why this is being reported in The Bolton News? Regrettably I have never been to Bolton. Perhaps I should now visit Bolton to find out what the connection is between Bolton and Walthamstow. I'm eager to find out. StewE17
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