Beaumont Square Consultation

Beaumont Square and the surrounding area are currently being reviewed to provide a safer road environment for the local community.

Closes Wednesday 24th July 2019 Submit your comments

Overview

Tower Hamlets Council is committed to making the borough a safer place for all road users by delivering a range of street improvements in the area; intending to benefit pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and public transport users alike.

Residents of Beaumont Square and the surrounding area raised concerns about rat-running and the problems it causes in local streets. You may remember that the Council previously consulted residents on traffic management proposals to reduce traffic speed in the area; many of which were strongly supported and have now been implemented. A number of additional ideas were also put forward by residents which have now been considered and we would appreciate your opinion on whether they should be introduced.

One of the problems is the level of traffic trying to avoid the traffic lights at the A11 Mile End Road/White Horse Lane junction. Drivers cut through either Beaumont Square or Eastbury Terrace through to Beaumont Grove to join A11 Mile End Road junction causing safety concerns, particularly for the nursery and nuisance to local properties. In addition, Beaumont Grove suffers problems relating to parking for surrounding shops and takeaways.

What is proposed?

You may remember that the Council previously consulted residents on traffic management proposals to reduce traffic speed in the area; many of which were strongly supported and have now been implemented. A number of additional ideas were also put forward by residents which have now been considered and we would appreciate your opinion on whether they should be introduced.

These improvements aim to significantly reduce traffic by removing a rat-run to avoid the A11 Mile End Road/White Horse Lane junction and create a calmer pedestrian environment. The proposed schemes are listed in the tabs to the left.

Tower Hamlets Council would like to give local residents the opportunity to comment on the proposed amendments that would reduce through traffic in the Beaumont Square area.

Scheme 1

Road closure at Beaumont Grove junction with Maria Terrace

To introduce a road closure modal filter which prevents cars rat-running to avoid the traffic lights but allows pedestrians and cyclists through the filter. It would be located across Maria Terrace at its junction with Beaumont Grove. This would then also help pedestrians crossing to Alice Model Nursery.

The closure would be designed with fixed planters to prevent vehicles moving them but this will still allow access for pedestrians and cyclists. The planters would also introduce more greenery to the area. The surrounding roads would have new double yellow lines to allow turning space for vehicles.

We recognise that there is no easy answer to the rat-running problem and that on balance residents may not want a closure to proceed but we want to hear your views. We looked at other locations for such a closure including immediately south of Louisa Gardens and closure to the junction of Maria Terrace with Eastbury Terrace but neither option gave the same benefit for pedestrians.

This scheme has been designed as such, to fit in with the Greater London Authority’s Alice Model Nursery Air Quality Audit recommendations.

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Scheme 2

Zebra crossing and road closure at Beaumont Square junction with White Horse Lane

To close the junction of Beaumont Square with White Horse Lane at the junction opposite Shandy Street adjacent to Galway House. The closure allows a new zebra crossing to be installed to enable pedestrians to safely cross Whitehorse Lane, which has been requested by many people, and to do this without any loss of parking, and will significantly reduce rat-running in Beaumont Square. Further steps may be needed later in the Square to reduce speeding and anti-social behaviour, but this should make a difference.

The space created on Beaumont Square will be improved with greenery and planters so that it becomes a pleasant space, often called a pocket park. Only one parking bay on White Horse Lane would be removed and replaced to the south of Beaumont Square junction.

This scheme on its own will not remove rat-running to avoid the traffic lights at the corner of Whitehorse Lane and Mile End Road as traffic could divert to Eastbury Terrace. So scheme 1 is still worth considering. However, we think the closure in scheme 2 is worthwhile on its own, as it does bring benefits to the area.

We looked alternatively at putting the closure and zebra crossing at the Eastbury Terrace junction but this had an impact on the bus stop location, and does not reflect the desire line we have been most frequently lobbied for, and would have required several parking bays to be permanently removed, which we know is a contentious issue for many residents

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Privacy Notice

This consultation is being carried out by Project Centre Limited for and on behalf of Tower Hamlets Council.

All personal data submitted in connection with the consultation is processed by Project Centre Limited on behalf of Tower Hamlets Council.

Tower Hamlets Council’s Privacy Notice, which explains how personal data submitted in connection with this consultation is used is available on their website.

Overview

Overview

Tower Hamlets Council is committed to making the borough a safer place for all road users by delivering a range of street improvements in the area; intending to benefit pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and public transport users alike.

Residents of Beaumont Square and the surrounding area raised concerns about rat-running and the problems it causes in local streets. You may remember that the Council previously consulted residents on traffic management proposals to reduce traffic speed in the area; many of which were strongly supported and have now been implemented. A number of additional ideas were also put forward by residents which have now been considered and we would appreciate your opinion on whether they should be introduced.

One of the problems is the level of traffic trying to avoid the traffic lights at the A11 Mile End Road/White Horse Lane junction. Drivers cut through either Beaumont Square or Eastbury Terrace through to Beaumont Grove to join A11 Mile End Road junction causing safety concerns, particularly for the nursery and nuisance to local properties. In addition, Beaumont Grove suffers problems relating to parking for surrounding shops and takeaways.

What is proposed?

What is proposed?

You may remember that the Council previously consulted residents on traffic management proposals to reduce traffic speed in the area; many of which were strongly supported and have now been implemented. A number of additional ideas were also put forward by residents which have now been considered and we would appreciate your opinion on whether they should be introduced.

These improvements aim to significantly reduce traffic by removing a rat-run to avoid the A11 Mile End Road/White Horse Lane junction and create a calmer pedestrian environment. The proposed schemes are listed in the tabs to the left.

Tower Hamlets Council would like to give local residents the opportunity to comment on the proposed amendments that would reduce through traffic in the Beaumont Square area.

Scheme 1

Scheme 1

Road closure at Beaumont Grove junction with Maria Terrace

To introduce a road closure modal filter which prevents cars rat-running to avoid the traffic lights but allows pedestrians and cyclists through the filter. It would be located across Maria Terrace at its junction with Beaumont Grove. This would then also help pedestrians crossing to Alice Model Nursery.

The closure would be designed with fixed planters to prevent vehicles moving them but this will still allow access for pedestrians and cyclists. The planters would also introduce more greenery to the area. The surrounding roads would have new double yellow lines to allow turning space for vehicles.

We recognise that there is no easy answer to the rat-running problem and that on balance residents may not want a closure to proceed but we want to hear your views. We looked at other locations for such a closure including immediately south of Louisa Gardens and closure to the junction of Maria Terrace with Eastbury Terrace but neither option gave the same benefit for pedestrians.

This scheme has been designed as such, to fit in with the Greater London Authority’s Alice Model Nursery Air Quality Audit recommendations.

Please click to see a larger image

Scheme 2

Scheme 2

Zebra crossing and road closure at Beaumont Square junction with White Horse Lane

To close the junction of Beaumont Square with White Horse Lane at the junction opposite Shandy Street adjacent to Galway House. The closure allows a new zebra crossing to be installed to enable pedestrians to safely cross Whitehorse Lane, which has been requested by many people, and to do this without any loss of parking, and will significantly reduce rat-running in Beaumont Square. Further steps may be needed later in the Square to reduce speeding and anti-social behaviour, but this should make a difference.

The space created on Beaumont Square will be improved with greenery and planters so that it becomes a pleasant space, often called a pocket park. Only one parking bay on White Horse Lane would be removed and replaced to the south of Beaumont Square junction.

This scheme on its own will not remove rat-running to avoid the traffic lights at the corner of Whitehorse Lane and Mile End Road as traffic could divert to Eastbury Terrace. So scheme 1 is still worth considering. However, we think the closure in scheme 2 is worthwhile on its own, as it does bring benefits to the area.

We looked alternatively at putting the closure and zebra crossing at the Eastbury Terrace junction but this had an impact on the bus stop location, and does not reflect the desire line we have been most frequently lobbied for, and would have required several parking bays to be permanently removed, which we know is a contentious issue for many residents

Please click to see a larger image

Privacy Notice

Privacy Notice

This consultation is being carried out by Project Centre Limited for and on behalf of Tower Hamlets Council.

All personal data submitted in connection with the consultation is processed by Project Centre Limited on behalf of Tower Hamlets Council.

Tower Hamlets Council’s Privacy Notice, which explains how personal data submitted in connection with this consultation is used is available on their website.

Have your say

Tell us what you think

What do you think about the road closures and new zebra crossing ideas for the Beaumont Square area?

Fill in the survey online and have your say by midnight on Wednesday 24 July 2019. Tell us how you feel about the proposals as well as any additional comments for further improvements to the area.

If you have any questions please email towerhamlets.consultation@projectcentre.co.uk or call 0203 092 0401.


Beaumont Square
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Q1. Do you agree with the road closure at the junction of Beaumont Grove and Maria Terrace?
To introduce a road closure modal filter which prevents cars rat-running to avoid the traffic lights but allows pedestrians and cyclists through the filter.
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Q2. Do you agree with the installation of a zebra crossing and road closure at Beaumont Square junction with White Horse Lane?
To close the junction of Beaumont Square with White Horse Lane using bollards.
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