A £600,000 scheme to improve conditions for pedestrians in Wanstead has been named the best of its kind in London.
Extra lighting, better pavements and safer pedestrian crossings were all introduced in and around the High Street as part of the Key Route project - which has won the Transport for London (TfL) walking environment award for 2010.
The scheme, which was funded jointly by Redbridge Council and Transport for London (TfL), has been credited with helping to double the number of people walking through Christchurch Green in the evenings after powerful new lights were installed there.
Extra lighting and pavement improvements have also been made to the High Street between Snaresbrook and Wanstead Tube stations, to encourage more commuters to walk between the two.
Among the most eyecatching of these changes are the strip lighting installed underneath the bridge at Snaresbrook station, and the renovation of two historic water fountains at each end of the road.
Textured paving and dropped curbs have been introduced to provide easier access to the High Street for disabled people, with new facilities for cycle storage also introduced.
The project - which is part of the Mayor of London's city-wide Transport Strategy - beat other shortlisted entries from the City of London, Westminster City Council, London Borough of Islington, London Borough of Merton, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, SELTRANS and Transport for London (TfL) to claim the top prize.
Redbridge Council now plans to make similar improvements in South Woodford and Woodford during the next few years.
Wansted & Woodford Guardian