Bow Trial

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Overview

Following an assessment of the Bow Trial, we are not going ahead with the planned road closures for the week commencing Monday 15 July. We would like to thank the community for their feedback and remain committed to devising a plan which takes into account the wants and needs of all for a cleaner, more sustainable and liveable Bow.

We will continue to work with communities across the borough as part of the Liveable Streets programme to improve the look and feel of public spaces and make it easier, safer, and more convenient to get around by foot, bike and public transport.

What will happen during the trial?

Following an assessment of the Bow Trial, we are not going ahead with the planned road closures for the week commencing Monday 15 July. We would like to thank the community for their feedback and remain committed to devising a plan which takes into account the wants and needs of all for a cleaner, more sustainable and liveable Bow.

We will continue to work with communities across the borough as part of the Liveable Streets programme to improve the look and feel of public spaces and make it easier, safer, and more convenient to get around by foot, bike and public transport.

Have your say

Following an assessment of the Bow Trial, we are not going ahead with the planned road closures for the week commencing Monday 15 July. We would like to thank the community for their feedback and remain committed to devising a plan which takes into account the wants and needs of all for a cleaner, more sustainable and liveable Bow.  

We will continue to work with communities across the borough as part of the Liveable Streets programme to improve the look and feel of public spaces and make it easier, safer, and more convenient to get around by foot, bike and public transport.

 

FAQs

What is the trial for?

The Council is developing ideas to help make the streets in Bow a more pleasant experience for the wide variety of people who use them or would like to use them more.  People in the community have previously provided the Council with a number of ideas of how to do this.

Many of these initial suggestions involve reducing traffic on local roads through closures or modal filters. The trial will provide local people the opportunity to see how the street feels if this is done and traffic in the area is significantly reduced in some locations. It will also enable us to confirm exactly how the traffic responds to such closures.

The trial is an initial test of closing some roads in the area, further investigation and engagement will be performed on both this and other ways to improve Bow’s streets before any final decisions on how to best do this.

What does the trial involve?

The trial will be held from Saturday 13 July to Sunday 21 July. The following temporary changes will be made to the road layout during this time:

  • Coborn Road will be closed to motor vehicles between Tredegar Road and Malmesbury Road.
  • Antill Road will be closed to motor vehicles east of the junction with Lyal Road.
  • Antill Road will be made two-way between Selwyn Road and Lyal Road.
  • Tredegar Road banned right turn into Coborn Road will be removed.
  • A bus gate, which allows only buses to pass through, will be in place on Tredegar Road between Fairfield Road and Parnell Road operating from 7am – 8pm every day. Other motor vehicles will be able to pass through outside of these times.
  • Suspend ten parking spaces on Fairfield Road outside 55-67 Fairfield Road to ensure that there is enough space for two-way traffic.

What will happen on the closed roads during the trial?

To take advantage of the reduced traffic, the closed sections of the affected roads (Coborn Road and Antill Road) will be made open to pedestrians to use as a pedestrianised area. If you would like to hold an official event on the closed roads, contact liveablestreets@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Can I walk and cycle through the road closures?

Yes. The temporary closures will be for motor vehicles only, pedestrians and cyclists will be able to move through these areas freely. We encourage local residents to make any short trips by walking and cycling if they can during the trial period to experience the low traffic environment.

Can buses use the closed roads?

Bus services through the Bow area are expected to operate as normal. Buses will be able to pass through the bus gate at Tredegar Road (a barrier will be opened to let them through).

No bus services operate on Coborn Road or Antil Road so buses will not be impacted by those closures.

Will emergency services be impacted by roads being closed?

It is important to note the role of ambulance services, police and the fire brigade in any road changes. Emergency services have been consulted and agreed the trials will not affect their service delivery. They will also be able to request the barriers be removed if necessary in order to access the closed roads in case of an emergency.

What is the diversion route for cars? I don’t want traffic increasing near my house

The trial changes have been selected to limit use of Bow’s local roads as rat-runs, or short-cuts, for traffic moving across the city. Signs will encourage vehicles traveling through the area from one side to the other to use A roads rather than local roads.

Signs will also be provided within the Bow area directing traffic to likely local destinations to help reduce driver confusion at the closure points during the temporary road layout.

Traffic management signs will be placed at the entry points to the Bow area and further away, indicating that these routes are temporarily closed. Drivers will be encouraged to make such journeys on the A road network instead. The closures will also be visible on all commonly used navigation software such as Waze and Google Maps.

Whilst traffic will be encouraged away from the area – for example to use A12/Bow roundabout exit to avoid the bus gate, rather than Fairfield Road – there may be localised increases on some roads for part of the trial.  Identifying where and when these happens is an important part of the trial, as any final scheme involving changes to the road network will aim to reduce traffic volumes on all roads in the area.

I regularly use the roads you are closing – why am I being inconvenienced?

The Council is committed to working with residents and businesses to improve the look and feel of our streets to create vibrant neighbourhoods that are safer, promote walking and cycling and the use of public transport. To help achieve this, we want to reduce the number of people using shortcuts or rat runs through residential streets.

The trial changes have been selected to limit use of Bow’s local roads as shortcuts and rat-runs for traffic moving across the area. These vehicles make up a significant volume of traffic on local roads, so this will reduce vehicle numbers on residential roads, increase safety, reduce noise and air pollution for local residents.

Residents will still be able to access properties and parking spaces on the closed roads, however depending on their normal journey drivers may need to take an alternative route for the week of the trial.

What happens after the trial?

The roads will re-open as normal at midnight on 21 July. The findings of the trial will then be used to help develop proposals for ways to improve the area’s streets as part of the Liveable Streets Programme.

The above information is provided to help answer any big questions you have about the trial.

If you would like further information on the Liveable Streets Programme, including giving your thoughts on how the area’s streets can be improved, please see www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/liveablestreets or email us at liveablestreets@towerhamlets.gov.uk

How do I give feedback on the trial?

To help understand the impacts of the trial, we have a short questionnaire on our website, www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/liveablestreets. This will only take a couple of minutes and will help us to understand what you did and didn’t enjoy about the trial closures.  This questionnaire will be open until midnight on Monday 29 July.

What is the Liveable Streets programme?

The Liveable Streets programme is part of the Love Your Neighbourhood initiative which aims to improve the area for all by making changes to the street infrastructure. By reallocating road space to walking, cycling and public transport, the scheme will encourage changes in travel behaviour which will help to improve people’s health and well being. The scheme also aims to restrict rat running to improve the safety of residential streets.

Over a 4-year period, 17 areas across the borough have been identified for the scheme. The image below shows the different areas and phases of the scheme. Liveable Streets Bow is one of the schemes in the first phase of the project. Please click on the image to see an enlarged version.

Liveable Streets programme area map

Map of the Tower Hamlets Liveable Streets programme area.

Privacy Notice

Following an assessment of the Bow Trial, we are not going ahead with the planned road closures for the week commencing Monday 15 July. We would like to thank the community for their feedback and remain committed to devising a plan which takes into account the wants and needs of all for a cleaner, more sustainable and liveable Bow.

We will continue to work with communities across the borough as part of the Liveable Streets programme to improve the look and feel of public spaces and make it easier, safer, and more convenient to get around by foot, bike and public transport.

 

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.

Any email updates that you opt in to receive will be delivered in accordance with Tower Hamlets Council’s GDPR privacy notice for newsletters.

Overview

Overview

Following an assessment of the Bow Trial, we are not going ahead with the planned road closures for the week commencing Monday 15 July. We would like to thank the community for their feedback and remain committed to devising a plan which takes into account the wants and needs of all for a cleaner, more sustainable and liveable Bow.

We will continue to work with communities across the borough as part of the Liveable Streets programme to improve the look and feel of public spaces and make it easier, safer, and more convenient to get around by foot, bike and public transport.

What will happen during the trial?

What will happen during the trial?

Following an assessment of the Bow Trial, we are not going ahead with the planned road closures for the week commencing Monday 15 July. We would like to thank the community for their feedback and remain committed to devising a plan which takes into account the wants and needs of all for a cleaner, more sustainable and liveable Bow.

We will continue to work with communities across the borough as part of the Liveable Streets programme to improve the look and feel of public spaces and make it easier, safer, and more convenient to get around by foot, bike and public transport.

Have your say

Have your say

Following an assessment of the Bow Trial, we are not going ahead with the planned road closures for the week commencing Monday 15 July. We would like to thank the community for their feedback and remain committed to devising a plan which takes into account the wants and needs of all for a cleaner, more sustainable and liveable Bow.  

We will continue to work with communities across the borough as part of the Liveable Streets programme to improve the look and feel of public spaces and make it easier, safer, and more convenient to get around by foot, bike and public transport.

 

FAQs

FAQs

What is the trial for?

The Council is developing ideas to help make the streets in Bow a more pleasant experience for the wide variety of people who use them or would like to use them more.  People in the community have previously provided the Council with a number of ideas of how to do this.

Many of these initial suggestions involve reducing traffic on local roads through closures or modal filters. The trial will provide local people the opportunity to see how the street feels if this is done and traffic in the area is significantly reduced in some locations. It will also enable us to confirm exactly how the traffic responds to such closures.

The trial is an initial test of closing some roads in the area, further investigation and engagement will be performed on both this and other ways to improve Bow’s streets before any final decisions on how to best do this.

What does the trial involve?

The trial will be held from Saturday 13 July to Sunday 21 July. The following temporary changes will be made to the road layout during this time:

  • Coborn Road will be closed to motor vehicles between Tredegar Road and Malmesbury Road.
  • Antill Road will be closed to motor vehicles east of the junction with Lyal Road.
  • Antill Road will be made two-way between Selwyn Road and Lyal Road.
  • Tredegar Road banned right turn into Coborn Road will be removed.
  • A bus gate, which allows only buses to pass through, will be in place on Tredegar Road between Fairfield Road and Parnell Road operating from 7am – 8pm every day. Other motor vehicles will be able to pass through outside of these times.
  • Suspend ten parking spaces on Fairfield Road outside 55-67 Fairfield Road to ensure that there is enough space for two-way traffic.

What will happen on the closed roads during the trial?

To take advantage of the reduced traffic, the closed sections of the affected roads (Coborn Road and Antill Road) will be made open to pedestrians to use as a pedestrianised area. If you would like to hold an official event on the closed roads, contact liveablestreets@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Can I walk and cycle through the road closures?

Yes. The temporary closures will be for motor vehicles only, pedestrians and cyclists will be able to move through these areas freely. We encourage local residents to make any short trips by walking and cycling if they can during the trial period to experience the low traffic environment.

Can buses use the closed roads?

Bus services through the Bow area are expected to operate as normal. Buses will be able to pass through the bus gate at Tredegar Road (a barrier will be opened to let them through).

No bus services operate on Coborn Road or Antil Road so buses will not be impacted by those closures.

Will emergency services be impacted by roads being closed?

It is important to note the role of ambulance services, police and the fire brigade in any road changes. Emergency services have been consulted and agreed the trials will not affect their service delivery. They will also be able to request the barriers be removed if necessary in order to access the closed roads in case of an emergency.

What is the diversion route for cars? I don’t want traffic increasing near my house

The trial changes have been selected to limit use of Bow’s local roads as rat-runs, or short-cuts, for traffic moving across the city. Signs will encourage vehicles traveling through the area from one side to the other to use A roads rather than local roads.

Signs will also be provided within the Bow area directing traffic to likely local destinations to help reduce driver confusion at the closure points during the temporary road layout.

Traffic management signs will be placed at the entry points to the Bow area and further away, indicating that these routes are temporarily closed. Drivers will be encouraged to make such journeys on the A road network instead. The closures will also be visible on all commonly used navigation software such as Waze and Google Maps.

Whilst traffic will be encouraged away from the area – for example to use A12/Bow roundabout exit to avoid the bus gate, rather than Fairfield Road – there may be localised increases on some roads for part of the trial.  Identifying where and when these happens is an important part of the trial, as any final scheme involving changes to the road network will aim to reduce traffic volumes on all roads in the area.

I regularly use the roads you are closing – why am I being inconvenienced?

The Council is committed to working with residents and businesses to improve the look and feel of our streets to create vibrant neighbourhoods that are safer, promote walking and cycling and the use of public transport. To help achieve this, we want to reduce the number of people using shortcuts or rat runs through residential streets.

The trial changes have been selected to limit use of Bow’s local roads as shortcuts and rat-runs for traffic moving across the area. These vehicles make up a significant volume of traffic on local roads, so this will reduce vehicle numbers on residential roads, increase safety, reduce noise and air pollution for local residents.

Residents will still be able to access properties and parking spaces on the closed roads, however depending on their normal journey drivers may need to take an alternative route for the week of the trial.

What happens after the trial?

The roads will re-open as normal at midnight on 21 July. The findings of the trial will then be used to help develop proposals for ways to improve the area’s streets as part of the Liveable Streets Programme.

The above information is provided to help answer any big questions you have about the trial.

If you would like further information on the Liveable Streets Programme, including giving your thoughts on how the area’s streets can be improved, please see www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/liveablestreets or email us at liveablestreets@towerhamlets.gov.uk

How do I give feedback on the trial?

To help understand the impacts of the trial, we have a short questionnaire on our website, www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/liveablestreets. This will only take a couple of minutes and will help us to understand what you did and didn’t enjoy about the trial closures.  This questionnaire will be open until midnight on Monday 29 July.

What is the Liveable Streets programme?

What is the Liveable Streets programme?

The Liveable Streets programme is part of the Love Your Neighbourhood initiative which aims to improve the area for all by making changes to the street infrastructure. By reallocating road space to walking, cycling and public transport, the scheme will encourage changes in travel behaviour which will help to improve people’s health and well being. The scheme also aims to restrict rat running to improve the safety of residential streets.

Over a 4-year period, 17 areas across the borough have been identified for the scheme. The image below shows the different areas and phases of the scheme. Liveable Streets Bow is one of the schemes in the first phase of the project. Please click on the image to see an enlarged version.

Liveable Streets programme area map

Map of the Tower Hamlets Liveable Streets programme area.

Privacy Notice

Privacy Notice

Following an assessment of the Bow Trial, we are not going ahead with the planned road closures for the week commencing Monday 15 July. We would like to thank the community for their feedback and remain committed to devising a plan which takes into account the wants and needs of all for a cleaner, more sustainable and liveable Bow.

We will continue to work with communities across the borough as part of the Liveable Streets programme to improve the look and feel of public spaces and make it easier, safer, and more convenient to get around by foot, bike and public transport.

 

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.

Any email updates that you opt in to receive will be delivered in accordance with Tower Hamlets Council’s GDPR privacy notice for newsletters.

Have your say

Following an assessment of the Bow Trial, we are not going ahead with the planned road closures for the week commencing Monday 15 July. We would like to thank the community for their feedback and remain committed to devising a plan which takes into account the wants and needs of all for a cleaner, more sustainable and liveable Bow.

We will continue to work with communities across the borough as part of the Liveable Streets programme to improve the look and feel of public spaces and make it easier, safer, and more convenient to get around by foot, bike and public transport.

Please fill in our survey with your thoughts on the trial by midnight on Monday 29 July 2019.


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2. Do you think that the reduced traffic makes the street more pleasant to be in?
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3. Does the reduction in traffic on the residential streets make the following ways of travel more attractive? (tick as many as apply)
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4. Do you feel there was an improvement to the following in Bow during the trial? (tick as many as apply)
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