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Epping Forest - Temporary Red Route

NEPP has been requested by the City of London, Essex Police, Essex CC and Epping Forest District Council to assist with reducing social gatherings in and around Epping Forest following the social distancing measures introduced by central government. Car parks servicing the forest are currently closed in line with governmental guidance however some will be reopened from 14th May 2020. The network of roads must be kept clear for motorist safety and to ensure that car parks are used where possible. This new scheme is also going to support the future management and environmental plans of the City of London Corporation.

For this reason, a red route marked with double red lines (which means no stopping, no loading and no waiting) will be implemented throughout the road network around and within the forest. This will be under a temporary order to begin with and can last for up to 18 months. However this can be made a permanent Traffic Regulation Order if necessary.

Lines have been installed as of 06 May as marking needs to be carried out during spells of good weather and we have therefore taken advantage of this opportunity. We aim to have these in force and operational before the next bank holiday at the end of May, following the prescribed advertisement period.

Documents, including overview maps relating to this temporary restriction can be found below. We also aim to have these documents available to view on or after the 22 May, with its associated detailed mapping on our TraffWeb service here:

Any queries in relation to this temporary order should be sent to and one of our team will be able to help.