Whilst reading my newly delivered LCC magazine today, I noted that the Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign have highlighted the situation with the hooded cycle lights in Hoe Street. It is good to know that the local organisation is working hard to lobby TfL, and believes the current answers unacceptable. TfL appear to have decided that the cycle lights will be re-activated after the junction is remodelled (or when time ends, whichever is more convenient).
They rightly point out that if this was the situation for another mode of transport they wouldn't let the current situation continue.
They have filed a formal complaint.