Buckhurst Hill station improvement works

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As part of Transport for Londons plans to modernise London Underground, they will be carrying out improvement works at Buckhurst Hill Underground station.

The improvement work starts on 6 September, when the ticket windows will close at this station. Work will take place in the ticket hall and will last for up to 1 month. The ticket windows will not reopen when the work is complete.

Central line tube

Improving facilities

  • Better ticketing facilities – the existing ticket machines at the station will be improved before the work and will give better flexibility, for example by allowing staff to offer refunds. Our people will be on hand to help you with any ticketing enquiries.
  • Enhanced customer service – you will be given better travel information, leaflets, maps and signage within the station to help you find what you need. When the ticket windows close, staff will move out from the back office areas of the station to the ticket hall, where they will be more available to serve you.

If you normally use the ticket office at Buckhurst Hill station to pay for your travel, the below leaflet will explain the variety of improved ticketing options available to you, during and after completion of the works.

Working hours

TfL will do their best to minimise any disruption or noise during the work. Work times may vary during week days and at weekends. However, work will mostly take place at night to minimise disruption to customer journeys.


In the meantime, if you have any queries, please contact our 24-hour helpline on 0343 222 2424.

You can also write to London Underground Community Relations, 5th floor, Palestra, 197 Blackfriars Road London, SE1 8NJ; or email communityrelations@tfl.gov.uk.

For more information on our modernisation plans please visit tfl.gov.uk/futuretube.


L’Etape London by Le Tour de France

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Missing Le Tour de France already?

Human Race Events have the answer with L’Etape London by Le Tour de France, the Official Tour de France Legacy Sportive for London.

Tour de France 7 July 2014

Tour de France fever returns

Tour de France fever returns to the streets of Epping Forest with Human Race Events’ L’Etape London by Le Tour de France, the Official Tour de France Legacy Sportive for London. Taking place on the 27 September, the streets of Epping Forest will once again play host to Le Tour with 3 challenging distances (42, 92 or 117 miles) following much of the same route as Stage 3 of 2014 Tour de France.

With an array of Tour de France experiences on offer along the route and in the event village, L’Etape London really is the ultimate Tour de France cycling experience!

Find out more

Details at www.humanrace.co.uk

Epping Forest bus network drop-in session

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Essex County Council are hosting a drop-in session that is open to the public to discuss the bus network in the local area.

The aim of the session is to share information, and listen to customers to identify potential new bus routes or needs, suggested changes to the current routes and timetables and identify where tailored local schemes could be more effective.

Epping Forest bus network drop-in session

Drop-in session for the Epping Forest district

  • Where – Epping Town Council, Epping Hall, St John’s Road, Epping, CM16 5JU
  • When – Tuesday 30 June 2015 from 1pm to 4pm

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For more information


Youth Councillor wins scholarship

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Congratulations to Youth Councillor Jaymey McIvor who has been awarded a Virgin Atlantic ‘Be The Change Volunteer’ Trip Scholarship.

Jaymey will travel to India with ‘Free The Children UK’ in August along with 30 young people aged 12 to 18. They have been selected to travel to one of the ‘Adopt a Village’ communities in Rajasthan in India.

Jaymey McIvor

Jaymey and fellow volunteers will experience the culture, history and way of life in a vibrant and dynamic country. He will volunteer in a rural village, help build a school or a well and participate in interactive workshops to explore global issues. The 2015 trip to India will take place in August.

A unique, exciting and adventurous experience

A very excited Jaymey said: “I am delighted to have been selected to go on the trip to India with ‘Free The Children’! It will be a unique, exciting and adventurous experience which I am very much looking forward to. I am passionate about global citizenship and I look forward to sharing my experiences when I return and hopefully inspire other young people to take part in similar activities. I am extremely grateful to all who supported my application and of course to Virgin Atlantic for their scholarship.”

Opportunity of a lifetime

Di Butler, Youth Engagement Officer with Epping Forest District Council supported his application and said: “Jaymey is a deserving young person who is actively involved in his local community. This experience will enable him to share his skills with young people who are less fortunate. The experience will certainly be an opportunity of a lifetime.”


New arrangements for pre-application planning advice

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New arrangements for pre-application planning advice on domestic extensions, adverts and other commercial alterations will be starting from 1 May 2015.


We are expanding our pre-application planning service in order to ensure prospective planning applications are well-prepared and have the appropriate information and drawings.

The fee for this service is £48 (including VAT) which is payable at the time of the enquiry. This fee can be paid by debit or credit card over the phone or by sending a cheque or banker’s draft to the planning office.

Find out more


Conference targets growth in tourism

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Local business people who want to make more from tourism are invited to the One Epping Forest Tourism and Visitor Board Tourism Conference on 20 March at the Marriott Hotel, Waltham Abbey. The conference which starts at 2pm is free. Organisers aim to boost local tourism and visitor offer as well as increasing income and jobs in the district.


Chairman is leading the investment drive for local tourism

Worth almost £200m per annum and already supporting 7% of local employment, the tourism economy is significant to growth in the Epping Forest District and offers opportunities for both established and new business to capitalise upon.

Partners on the Tourism and Visitor Board believe that this is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of local potential and offer the conference as an opportunity for attractions and those who would benefit from a growing number of visitors to come along, discover what’s already happening across the district, and contribute their views on how working together can maximise these opportunities.

A range of speakers will address different subjects including accessing grants to promote investment, new ideas for activities designed to boost visitor numbers and the wider picture and support from Visit Essex.

Help us plan a better future

Councillor Tony Boyce, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council and Chairman of the Tourism and Visitor Board said: “Our district is already performing well in terms of its visitor economy which has grown steadily in the last few years. With a range of top attractions such as the forest, Epping Ongar Railway, historic Waltham Abbey plus tranquil countryside and a host of great restaurants, pubs, high streets and independent shops, it can do even better. We want this conference to bring together all those already working in the sector or thinking about expanding into or starting out in the visitor economy to come along and help us plan a better future”.

Those who would find this conference particularly beneficial include

  • Anyone involved with or with an interest in the visitor and tourism economy
  • Anyone looking for business building opportunities Anyone who values networking with local tourism and visitor related businesses
  • Anyone interested in finding out how Visit Epping Forest and Visit Essex are supporting and promoting business growth in the district

Book your place now

The conference is free for local businesses. To secure a place register at www.eventbrite.co.uk (search Epping Tourism Conference).

For further information contact Quentin Buller at qbuller@eppingforestdc.gov.uk or 01992 564116 or visit www.visiteppingforest.org/members.

Top visitor destinations

Councillor Boyce recently took Essex County Councillor George Kieffer on a whistle-stop tour of just a few of the district’s tourist and visitor attractions

  • The market town of Epping
  • High Beach Forest Centre in Epping Forest
  • Marriott Hotel Waltham Abbey
  • Waltham Abbey church, grounds and market square
  • The Royal Gunpowder Mills via Lea Valley White Water Centre
  • Chigwell Village (via Loughton)
  • Mayhem (Paintball)
  • Stapleford Airfield
  • Greenstead Church and Ongar town centre
  • Smith’s Brasserie
  • Ongar station – Epping Ongar Heritage Railway Train to North Weald Station.
  • North Weald Battle of Britain Airfield
  • Ashylns Organic Farm
  • Phoenix Hotel

Reasons to visit the Epping Forest district

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Wintry weather update

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The Met Office have issued a cold weather alert for the Epping Forest area.

Ice iconMet Office advice

“Overall, the Epping area is in the same boat as the rest of Essex today – with the chance of a few sleety showers today but icy tonight.”

“It currently looks like any snow showers are likely to arrive later in the day tomorrow, especially after dark and in particular from midnight into Thursday morning for the Epping area. These ease away during the day.

Once they do clear away, snow showers are less likely for West Essex late on Thursday and on Friday – when it becomes mainly dry. Your Eastern neighbours look more likely to catch snow showers late Thursday and into Friday.”

“The weekend is shaping up to be mainly dry (perhaps some light and patchy rain/sleet) and cold for the Epping area. Temperatures stay fairly cold into next week – still with the risk of overnight frosts.”


Gale warnings and power cut advice

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The Met Office has issued severe gale warnings for Essex for Wednesday 14 February and Thursday 15 February. Gusts may exceed 60mph.

Find out more on the Met Office website.

Advice from UK Power Networks

Our electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather can affect overhead power lines. Our emergency plans have been put in to place, with hundreds of extra engineers and other staff on duty to deal with situations as and when they arise. In communication with customers, we urge the public to stay well clear from power lines and anyone spotting a damaged power line needs to report it to UK Power Networks.

For any power cut enquiries please contact us 24 hours a day by

UK Power Networks has a Priority Service Register for those who may be more vulnerable and require extra assistance in a power cut. You can find out more information at http://bit.ly/1c3CkOO. We currently work with the British Red Cross who can activate their volunteers to support vulnerable customers if power is affected.

Preparing for a power cut

Advice on how our customers can prepare for a power cut

  1. Keep our freephone number handy
  2. See the website for some useful videos offering you advice during a power cut
  3. Keep spare batteries for radios and torches – local radio stations often broadcast helpful information
  4. Keep an old-fashioned corded phone which you can plug in, as cordless phones won’t work in the event of a power cut
  5. Dress warmly in several layers of clothing, stay in one room or even get into bed
  6. Take care if using candles, tea-lights and other naked flames
  7. Keep fridges and freezers closed, with a blanket over as they will stay cold for many hours
  8. Switch off all your electrical equipment, except one light which will let you know when the power comes back on
  9. Remember the street lights may also be off so take care if you go out
  10. Look out for elderly neighbours – please consider taking them round a flask of hot water or hot food


Destination Epping Forest!

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Chairman of Council Councillor Tony Boyce celebrated the district’s tourist attractions at North Weald Airfield and on the Epping Ongar railway recently.

A host of distinguished guests from authorities across the district and beyond enjoyed a trip on a vintage bus to North Weald Station after completing a tour of the Airfield. From there, guests were taken to Coopersale on the railway, which is currently the limit of the service. A magnificent steam engine – 4141, a Prairie Tank – pulled the Chairman’s guests back to Ongar Station.

Councillor Tony and Jan Boyce

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Rodger Green a long-serving volunteer at the railway gave a fascinating tour and talk on the history of Ongar Station and the Epping Ongar Railway. Everyone then returned to North Weald Station and onwards again on the bus to North Weald Airfield.

Councillors Ashley Kissin the Mayor of Redbridge and Robert Villa Mayor of Chelmsford City Council won the Chairman’s Charity auction to ride on the footplate of the steam engine. Councillor Villa said: “It was a unique experience, not something you would usually do and it brought back a lot of memories. I was also amazed at how hot it is standing on the footplate. From the front of the train I was able to enjoy a glorious view of the surrounding countryside and the many colours of Epping Forest itself.”

Showcase all that the district has to offer

Councillor Boyce said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to showcase all that the district has to offer to residents and visitors alike. I am most grateful to the Epping Ongar Railway for hosting us on the day. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves but more importantly, many more people are now aware of this attraction and will spread the word about our marvellous district and all it has to offer.”

Very proud

Managing Director of the Epping Ongar Railway, who was also the bus driver for the day, Roger Wright said: “We are all very proud of the Epping Ongar Railway and hope that we will be welcoming many more visitors soon.”

£400 for charities

The Chairman raised a total of £400 for his charities and local causes, which are the Ongar and District Healthcare League of Friends and providing a tail-lift disability bus for Voluntary Action Epping Forest.


Be prepared for when winter bites

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Winter can easily be the most challenging time for driving on our roads: it gets dark early and winter weather can bring all sorts of hazards – not just snow and ice, but hail, heavy rain, high winds, fog and even flooding.

The Highways Agency and local authorities up and down the country have made their plans and have fleets on standby ready to keep roads open. You too can take steps ahead of winter so you will be able to drive safe, avoid breaking down and help reduce the risk of disruption.

Get ready for winter - Travelling poster

Is your vehicle ready for winter?

In winter weather it’s more important than ever to see and be seen, have tyres that grip the road and to start your car in the cold and damp.

Many garages offer a quick, pre-winter check-up for your car.

See and be seen: check windscreen wipers and washers, window demisters, and all lights are working correctly.

Grip the road: check tyre condition and tread depth.

Starting in the cold and damp: check battery condition and anti-freeze.

Get your winter kit ready: ice scraper, de-icer, jump leads, shovel, blanket, sunglasses (for winter glare from the low sun), torch. Get all these things ready at the start of winter and then keep them in the car – you never know when you might need them.

Reduce the risk of breaking down in nasty weather

Breaking down is never a pleasant experience – especially on the motorway. It’s even worse if you have to wait for recovery, outside your vehicle, in cold and wintry weather. You’ll also want your vehicle to be in the best condition to handle difficult driving conditions in severe weather. So it’s a good idea to get your vehicle serviced before the winter to reduce the chance of problems.

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