Liveable Streets Bethnal Green

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Overview

Liveable Streets is a multi-million pound borough-wide street and public space improvement programme. The residents of Tower Hamlets deserve quieter, safer and less polluted streets.
We’ve listened to your concerns on issues including:
• Air pollution which in areas is at unhealthy levels, affecting children and adults’ health and life expectancy
• Through-traffic which equates to 57% of all vehicle journeys
• Anti-social behaviour, drug dealing and crime in Arnold Circus and Middleton Green

Let us know what you think before midnight on Monday 25 November 2019.

What’s happened so far?
We heard from over 650 local residents during our early engagement in May, who told us about the issues in Bethnal Green and what they wanted to see improved. You gave us your feedback through our online survey, interactive map, drop-in sessions, councillor meetings and meetings with groups in the community.

What is being proposed and why are these proposals important?
Following the workshops, 5 new schemes are being proposed which will improve the area for walking, cycling and public transport, improve air quality and help discourage through-traffic and antisocial behaviour.

Every day there are over 21,000 vehicle movements within Bethnal Green area. Of these, 57% are vehicles travelling through the area and not stopping. This means over 12,000 vehicle movements are from non-residents of the local area and these vehicles are contributing to the already unacceptable level of air pollution on your street, outside your schools and around your local shops. These vehicles bring excessive noise as well as antisocial behaviour which make your streets feel unsafe for walking and cycling. We do understand that our proposals will mean that local residents who want to drive will have to travel longer distances, however the Liveable Streets proposals will help improve air quality, improve road safety and give the streets back to the residents.

The designs have been discussed with local emergency services who have given their support for the proposals.

See the map below for an overview of the proposed Schemes. Please click here to see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Click on the coloured Scheme buttons below and scroll down to look at the detailed proposals for each area.

Arnold Circus area

Columbia Road area

Warner Place area

Old Bethnal Green Road area

Sale Street area

To be implemented

More information

Arnold Circus area

YOU SAID:
“Arnold Circus should be closed to traffic and become a pedestrian and cycling area.”

See below for proposed plan for Scheme 1.

IMPROVING PUBLIC SPACE
Residents have long suggested that Arnold Circus should become a new public space for all to enjoy. To improve the area for pedestrians and to allow for a vibrant community space we are proposing to close the area to motorised vehicles except for the section between Calvert Avenue and Navarre Street. This will stop through-traffic in this area and allow for new seating, play areas, more trees and better street lighting. These improvements will also help to tackle drug dealing and anti-social behaviour, particularly in the Boundary Estate area. Additionally, new CCTV will be put up in the area.

ROAD CLOSURES
To help make room for the new public space, we are proposing several road closure points. These will give access to pedestrians and cyclists but will prevent the 2,400 journeys who currently cut through Arnold Circus, helping improve air quality in the area and making it quieter and safer. We will ensure there is no net parking loss across controlled parking zones A1 and A5.

CHANGES TO TRAFFIC
To prevent a new through-traffic route, two road closures are proposed on Virginia Road. Virginia Road will also become two-way between its junctions with Austin Street and Swanfield Street.

Existing road closures on Palissy Street and Rochelle Street will be relocated closer to Arnold Circus as part of the proposed public space.

Navarre Street is proposed to become one-way (southbound) to accommodate the improvements on Arnold Circus. Access will be via Calvert Avenue

WALKING AND CYCLING IMPROVEMENTS
Improvements to the footways and street lighting on Ducal Street will create a pleasant and safe environment walking.

To improve walking and cycling connectivity between the area and main transport hubs, a new pedestrian friendly crossing is proposed on Bethnal Green Road.

New seating, play areas and additional tree planting and vegetation around Arnold Circus. Street lighting will also be improved.

To improve cycling conditions, additional cycle parking is proposed and a safer cycling route through Arnold Circus.

HAVE YOUR SAY

See below for proposed visualisations for Scheme 1.

Artists impression of Arnold Circus

Columbia Road area

4,000 vehicles travelling through this area each day.
Pollution levels inside a car can be twice as much as those on the street.

YOU SAID:
“Make the neighbourhood a one way system that prevents vehicles to short cut and pollute the neighbourhood.”

See below for proposed plan for Scheme 2.

PUBLIC SPACE
We have listened to your comments about the narrow footways, excessive guardrailing and difficulty of crossing outside the junction of Columbia Road and Gosset Street and so we are proposing a new public space. This would be a space the whole community could enjoy, with new planting and seating and improved air quality. We also propose to introduce public artwork in this new public space.

ROAD CLOSURES
To help prevent 4,000 vehicles travelling through your neighbourhood each day (Schemes 2 and 3), we are proposing two road closures on Columbia Road; at the junctions with Gosset Street and at the junction with Barnet Grove. Less traffic allows us to make improvements to the public space, alongside walking and cycling environments.

CHANGES TO TRAFFIC
To help the flow of traffic around the area a one-way system is proposed on Virginia Road and Chambord Street

WALKING AND CYCLING IMPROVEMENTS
Virginia Estate is a key walking route through the area and we are proposing to improve this route with new footways, street lighting and planting.

A wider footway is proposed on the southern side of Columbia Road to create a better walking environment.

HAVE YOUR SAY

See below for proposed visualisations for Scheme 2.

Warner Place area

YOU SAID:
“There is far too much rat running traffic using Squirries Street, Gosset Street, Pollard Row and Warner Place to get between Bethnal Green Road and Hackney Road. This needs to be stopped if these streets are to be at all liveable.”

See below for proposed plan for Scheme 3.

PUBLIC SPACE
Residents told us they wanted the area around Warner Place, Gosset Street and Squirries Street to be improved with more trees and a nicer public space for people to enjoy. We are proposing a new pocket park at the junction of these streets which will include new planting and seating.

ROAD CLOSURES
Road closure with pocket park on Old Bethnal Green Road will restrict motor vehicle access, and reduce through traffic and air pollution, creating a new look public space for those who live in the area.

TRAFFIC CHANGES
To help with the flow of traffic around the area a one-way system is proposed on Squirries Street from its junction with Ivimey Street to Gosset Street. It is also proposed that Gosset Street and Wellington Row would become a one-way system.

WALKING AND CYCLING IMPROVEMENTS
One of the main through-traffic routes in the area is between Hackney Road and Bethnal Green Road via Squirries Street and Warner Place. Over 2,000 vehicles use this route every day as a cut through adding to congestion, poor air quality and road safety problems. We propose to implement a road closure on Gosset Street to remove access for motor vehicles and prioritise those walking and cycling.

Changes to the way traffic moves around the area are also proposed to improve road safety and air quality in an area where children and families walk every day to the nearby infant school.

HAVE YOUR SAY

See below for proposed visualisations for Scheme 3.

 

Old Bethnal Green Road area

8,300 vehicles a day pass in front of Elizabeth Selby Infant School and Oaklands Secondary School, of which 50% are cut-through traffic.

YOU SAID:
“Old Bethnal Green should be filtered to reduce cars travelling through the area and past the schools.”

See below for proposed plan for Scheme 4.

ROAD CLOSURES AND STREETSCAPE
We are proposing a transformation of the central part of Old Bethnal Green Road. This will reduce the daily 7,900 through-traffic journeys made by drivers who don’t stop locally; improving air quality and road safety.

But, we don’t just want to remove traffic – we propose investing heavily in this area by widening footways, planting trees, providing new seating, and creating three new pocket parks. This will link Middleton Green with nearby shops significantly changing the look and feel of this part of Bethnal Green for the better. These improvements will also help to tackle anti-social behaviour and crime around Middleton Green.

We propose road closures with pocket parks on Teesdale Street, Canrobert Street and Old Bethnal Green Road to help reduce through-traffic and to improve air quality.

WALKING AND CYCLING IMPROVEMENTS
Creating wider footways, new seating areas, additional planting and improving street lighting will make people feel safer and enjoy walking through the area. The proposed traffic changes as well as a contraflow cycle lane will improve the cycling environment along Old Bethnal Green Road.

CHANGES TO TRAFFIC
The proposed one-way system with contraflow cycle facility along Temple Street will help reduce through-traffic and improve air quality in the area and the proposed one-way system on Warner Place, Mansford Street and Old Bethnal Green Road will help to reduce through-traffic outside schools and improve air quality for children in this area.

HAVE YOUR SAY

See below for proposed visualisations for Scheme 4.

Sale Street area

See below for proposed plan for Scheme 5.

PUBLIC SPACE
To tackle anti-social behaviour we are proposing changes around Sale Street to create a safe community space for residents and visitors to enjoy, while removing through-traffic and improving air quality.

Currently, Sale Street is mainly used by cyclists and for parking cars. A new pocket park is proposed next to St Matthews Church with seating areas and improved street lighting which will create a safer feel in the area and discourage anti-social behaviour. The proposal also includes plants to help filter any excess surface water. This will increase the biodiversity, improve the air quality and make the area look better.

WALKING AND CYCLING IMPROVEMENTS
New cycling routes and cycle parking facilities, improved street lighting, better, more levelled pavement surfaces and more seating will create an improved walking and cycling environment.

HAVE YOUR SAY

See below for proposed visualisations for Scheme 5.

 

To be implemented

As a result of previous consultations there are some existing schemes which will be implemented in the area.
Cheshire Street (A) will benefit from a widened pavement outside the shops, new seating areas, tree planting and improved street lighting. As well as, a pocket park on the corner of Kerbela Street and improved walking and cycling routes with more cycle parking facilities. A road closure will be implemented on Bacon Street (B), west of Brick Lane. A one-way system will be introduced on Wood Close (C). An additional pedestrian crossing will be implemented on Dunbridge Street (D) next to its junction with Ramsey Street. A two-way system will be introduced on Derbyshire Street (E) between Buckfast Street and Vallance Road with a road closure at the junction of Derbyshire Street with Vallance Road.

More information

A number of maintenance issues and small local improvements have been brought to our attention by residents. As part of the scheme we are pleased to be able to address a number of these, which include:

  • CCTV – additional CCTV cameras are proposed in anti-social behaviour hotspots.
  • Decluttering of Bethnal Green Road – unnecessary street furniture will be removed and a deep clean of pavements and remaining street furniture will take place.
  • Street Lighting – over the next two years the street lighting across the whole area will be updated with new energy saving LED lights. In addition, in areas like Ducal Street new lighting columns are proposed to improve visibility and safety in the area.
  • Cycle parking – a further 100 cycle stands are proposed in the area of Bethnal Green to ensure that those passing shops, going to school, or visiting friends have somewhere to lock their bike.
  • Secure cycle parking for residents (Cycle Hangars) – more hangars are proposed in the area so residents have secure parking for their bicycles.
  • Cycle training – anyone who lives, works or studies in Tower Hamlets is eligible for up to 4 hours free cycle skills training.  The sessions are run by Bikeworks on behalf of the council.  For further information and to book a session visit the Bikeworks website
  • Trees – as part of the proposals we shall be planting an extra 50 trees in the area.

 

You may also be interested in the following:

  • Cycle training
    Free family and adults cycle skills courses are available. For more details, visit www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/cycling
  • Cycle parking
    To make a request for on-street cycle parking or residential cycle parking or find out about existing cycle parking please email cycling@towerhamlets.gov.uk
  • Play streets
    You can apply to close a street for a short time to let children play. For more information, please visit: www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/playstreets

Have your say

We hope that you like the proposals and understand how they have been designed in order to benefit those who live in and visit Bethnal Green. It is important that you have the opportunity to have your say so that we can best reflect how the local community would like to see their area improved.

Please fill in the online survey and come speak with us at one of our drop-in events:

When:
•Saturday 9 November, 10am to 12noon
•Thursday 14 November, 5pm to 7pm

Venue: Professional Development Centre
229 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 6AB

You can also email us at: liveablestreets@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Let us know what you think before midnight on Monday 25 November 2019.