A pathway between two Walthamstow stations will open in July following an 18 year wait for residents

Ray Dudley Way cannot currently be accessed

Ray Dudley Way cannot currently be accessed

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A walkway between two stations which was supposed to open this week will be ready for use by July, according to the council.

Walthamstow’s Ray Dudley Way which links Queens Road and Walthamstow Central Station has taken 18 years to complete after a long running-saga involving the council and two housing associations.

In 1996 The Family Housing Association agreed to build it after receiving planning permission to build homes in Exeter Road, but never completed the work.

In 2008 Solum Regeneration promised build the structure as part of its tower block complex by Walthamstow Central.

However, work was still not carried out.

The council took the case to the high court in an attempt to secure progress.
The authority secured an agreement to carry out the work and charge the housing association for it.

Work finally began in March 2013.

Manager for Transport Planning, Neil Bullen, said the saga is nearing the end.

In an email to Stella Creasy MP he wrote: “We are working with the contractor to correct the minor fault identified on the ramp and we anticipate that both ends of the new pedestrian link will be completed by the end of June, so that the whole scheme can open to the public in July.”

The walkway is named after late Ray Dudley, a long-serving campaigner for the Barking-Gospel Oak Line User Group (BGOLUG).

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3:34pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

This is fantastic news as I can use this pathway daily on my way to and from work. I hope it is well lit for the winter periods as I would not like to be vulnerable to attack, not that I carry much of value but people seem to get attacked for no reason.
This is fantastic news as I can use this pathway daily on my way to and from work. I hope it is well lit for the winter periods as I would not like to be vulnerable to attack, not that I carry much of value but people seem to get attacked for no reason. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -10

7:16pm Fri 13 Jun 14

GlennW says...

As I explained under the earlier article, LOROL have already provided lighting on the ramp and it is covered by the station CCTV. The Council have already provided CCTV throughout Edison Close to just short of the Network Rail boundary at the Walthamstow Central car park. Further lighting and CCTV will I am sure follow as the Solum contractors finally finish off the car park area.

Glenn Wallis
Secretary
Barking - Gospel Oak Rail User Group
As I explained under the earlier article, LOROL have already provided lighting on the ramp and it is covered by the station CCTV. The Council have already provided CCTV throughout Edison Close to just short of the Network Rail boundary at the Walthamstow Central car park. Further lighting and CCTV will I am sure follow as the Solum contractors finally finish off the car park area. Glenn Wallis Secretary Barking - Gospel Oak Rail User Group GlennW
  • Score: 9

12:16am Sat 14 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

May I thank you, I am reassured now and should you ever encounter me in the Nags Head, let me buy you a drink and meal, appreciate your kindness.
May I thank you, I am reassured now and should you ever encounter me in the Nags Head, let me buy you a drink and meal, appreciate your kindness. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -7

7:34am Sat 14 Jun 14

E17006 says...

This link will be a real boon in stitching central Walthamstow together, but the path could do with some of LBFW's regeneration love.

The huge and unfriendly blank wall on Edison Close is a bit unpleasant right now but would be perfect for some street art. We've had mural on the marsh - it's time for mural on the path!
This link will be a real boon in stitching central Walthamstow together, but the path could do with some of LBFW's regeneration love. The huge and unfriendly blank wall on Edison Close is a bit unpleasant right now but would be perfect for some street art. We've had mural on the marsh - it's time for mural on the path! E17006
  • Score: 8

3:17pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Sam Hain says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
This is fantastic news as I can use this pathway daily on my way to and from work. I hope it is well lit for the winter periods as I would not like to be vulnerable to attack, not that I carry much of value but people seem to get attacked for no reason.
Don't worry, Cranberry, you're only likely to be attacked for your ludicrous comments in these threads. However, on this occasion, I find mysef in agreement with you. It's only a pity that this work has taken almost as long to complete as the Great Pyramid of Giza or the Great Wall of China. Perhaps it will become known as the Great Path of Walthamstow!
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: This is fantastic news as I can use this pathway daily on my way to and from work. I hope it is well lit for the winter periods as I would not like to be vulnerable to attack, not that I carry much of value but people seem to get attacked for no reason.[/p][/quote]Don't worry, Cranberry, you're only likely to be attacked for your ludicrous comments in these threads. However, on this occasion, I find mysef in agreement with you. It's only a pity that this work has taken almost as long to complete as the Great Pyramid of Giza or the Great Wall of China. Perhaps it will become known as the Great Path of Walthamstow! Sam Hain
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