Dagenham Heathway Healthy Streets
Our regeneration company, Be First, recently commissioned Sustrans to work with the local community and key partners to develop designs for an improved Dagenham Heathway. These improvements will:
- Help the 28,000 daily pedestrians journeys feel safer at crossings and along the street environment in general
- Increase accessibility for pedestrians from all walks of life, wheelchair users and people on bikes.
- Improve the public realm and make the area a more pleasant place to live, work and visit.
- Bring a wide range of local people into the design of improvements to the street.
How to get involved
We’ll also be holding an exhibition on proposed designs in Dagenham library mid-November. Check back for more information.
Feedback so far
We know that an improved street environment is important to our residents, based on some of the feedback we’ve received in recent months. Take a look at what was said.
65% disagreed or strongly disagreed that the street is an accessible and welcoming place for all people regardless of age or ability. There is high support for improved access for wheelchair users, people on bikes and pedestrians. 78% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that more should be done to encourage walking in the area, and over 67% felt the same about encouraging cycling. The issue of people cycling along the pavement as a strategy to avoid the congested traffic was noted.
People feel that the street environment needs improving. Respondents overwhelming wanted to see more things to enhance the street environment, such as public art, children’s play equipment or greenery.
It is considered to be polluted and lacking in pleasant spaces to rest, socialise or visit. 84% of people do not find the street an attractive place or a space to enjoy spending time. 50% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the pavements are in poor condition and that people cannot easily get to where they want to go. There were widespread concerns around personal safety and anti-social behaviour.
56% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that there should be less traffic on The Heathway, and over 67% agreed or strongly agreed that more should be done to address air quality in the local area.
Healthy Streets Indicators
The Healthy Streets approach focuses on creating streets that are pleasant, safe and attractive, where noise, air pollution, accessibility and lack of seating and shelter are not barriers that prevent people - particularly our most vulnerable people - from getting out and about. This is the framework TfL and London Boroughs, including Barking and Dagenham use to design new street schemes and to develop healthier and greener policies.
- Pedestrians from all walks of life
- People choose to walk, cycle and use public transport
- Clean air
- People feel safe
- Not too noisy
- Easy to cross
- Places to stop and rest
- Shade and shelter
- People feel relaxed
- Things to see and do
London’s streets should be welcoming places for everyone to walk, spend time in and engage in community life.
Walking and cycling are the healthiest and most sustainable ways to travel, either for whole trips or as part of longer journeys on public transport. A successful transport system encourages and enables more people to walk and cycle more often. This will only happen if we reduce the volume and dominance of motor traffic and improve the experience of being on our streets
Improving air quality delivers benefits for everyone and reduces unfair health inequalities.
The whole community should feel comfortable and safe on our streets at all times. People should not feel worried about road danger or experience threats to their personal safety.
Reducing the noise impacts of motor traffic will directly benefit health, improve the ambience of street environments and encourage active travel and human interaction.
Making streets easier to cross is important to encourage more walking and to connect communities. People prefer direct routes and being able to cross streets at their convenience. Physical barriers and fast moving or heavy traffic can make streets difficult to cross.
A lack of resting places can limit mobility for certain groups of people. Ensuring there are places to stop and rest benefits everyone, including local businesses, as people will be more willing to visit, spend time in, or meet other people on our streets.
Providing shade and shelter from high winds, heavy rain and direct sun enables everybody to use our streets, whatever the weather.
A wider range of people will choose to walk or cycle if our streets are not dominated by motorised traffic, and if pavements and cycle paths are not overcrowded, dirty, cluttered or in disrepair
People are more likely to use our streets when their journey is interesting and stimulating, with attractive views, buildings, planting and street art and where other people are using the street. They will be less dependent on cars if the shops and services they need are within short distances so they do not need to drive to get to them.