An important message from the London Borough of Redbridge about a project which needs your support -
Riding the Roding – the missing link!
‘The Roding Valley through Wanstead project will make some of the boroughs best riverside open space, accessible for cyclists and less abled people. This new riverside cycle path between Wanstead Park Road Recreation Ground and Redbridge Roundabout will finally connect the completed south and north sections of the Roding Valley Way green cycle route, making off road cycling possible from Newham, through Redbridge and up to Essex following the River Roding. The project does not forget the River too, improvement works on this steep sided and straight stretch of river will dramatically enhance the habitat and water flow, benefiting wildlife and people.
Residents surrounding Wanstead Park and Ilford will benefit directly from this project, with planned repair and re-opening of the much loved and missed Coronation footbridge over the river. Locals and visitors alike will have a wonderful new cycling and walking route giving access to the boroughs stand out natural green spaces including the River Roding, Roding Valley Park and Wanstead Park, without barriers or long detours.
Funding from the GLA will unlock all these improvements for wildlife and people, completing this important missing link, so do not forget to vote!’
The Friends strongly support this project, not only for its direct benefits, but because it would complement the regeneration of Wanstead Park
The new riverside cycle path between Wanstead Park Road Recreation Ground and Redbridge Roundabout would finally connect the southern and northern sections of the Roding Valley Way green cycle route. A shared-use pedestrian and cycle route would link the densely populated areas in the south of Redbridge and Newham with greener areas to the north as far as the Essex boundary. It would also provide a continuous off-road route right through the middle of the borough, connecting urban centres such as Ilford and Woodford whilst avoiding a number of busy roads. In addition to aesthetic and ecological benefits, the "Riding the Roding" project stands to make a valuable contribution towards traffic reduction, improved air quality and encouraging healthy exercise.