Arbour Square, Senrab Street and Head Street

Last year we consulted local residents on proposed improvements in the Arbour Square area. We listened to what you told us and have altered the design based on your feedback. Tell us what you think about the new design.

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Background: Transforming Stepney's Streets

Tower Hamlets is committed to making the borough a safer place which people can take pride in. We are looking to deliver a range of improvements to our streets for everyone’s benefit, whether you walk, cycle, use public transport or drive. The first area to be reviewed is Stepney as we have received funding through Transport for London and development contributions to improve the area.

In 2014, there were 932 personal injury collisions recorded in Tower Hamlet. Implementing 20mph zones and limits across the borough has had a positive impact on reducing collisions and improving safety for all road users, but evidence shows us there is more that can be done.

Improving road user behaviour is key to reducing collisions and although changes in road layout can’t fully resolve this, redesign of our streets can help.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to improve the streets of Stepney. There are lots of small changes we could make which would really improve the streets in this area and discourage dangerous driving.”

Last year we consulted local residents on proposed improvements in the Arbour Square area with 135 of you letting us know what you thought about the original designs.

We listened to what you said and have altered the design based on your feedback. We now want to know what you think about the new design. Have your say now – the consultation will close Monday 17 July.

Aims of the scheme

  • Improve the look, feel and safety of the street for all road users
  • Reduce the volume of non-local traffic rat running through the area
  • Improve traffic calming in the existing 20mph zone to slow vehicle speeds throughout the area
  • Improve walking and cycling routes to and from local schools, and places of interest.

Previous consultation documents

You can view the previous consultation documents below:

Revised proposed changes

Arbour Square Area Map

Arbour Square Area Map

We have reviewed the original design based on feedback from residents, for example:

  • You told us the proposed road closure on Senrab Street will lead to a loss of residential parking, so we have moved the road closure to the eastern end of Antill Terrace, which will still reduce the potential for antisocial driving but with less impact on parking.
  • You asked for more traffic calming measures on East and West Arbour Streets to prevent antisocial driving, so we propose to introduce flat-topped humps along both these roads and narrow both ends of East Arbour Street.
  • Forty one per cent of residents disagreed with the one-way changes so we will not be going ahead with this on Head Street and Senrab Street.
  • You said that the proposal for angular parking would lead to antisocial behaviour and visibility issues so we will keep the existing parking arrangement.

You can read the Public Consultation Summary in the section above, which details what you said and what we’ve changed.

Have your say

We want everyone who lives and works in the local area to have their say on the proposals. Fill in the short survey below to send us your feedback, or email your comments to towerhamlets.consultation@projectcentre.co.uk.

If you require a paper copy, translation or other format please phone Project Centre who are managing the consultation on behalf of Tower Hamlets Council on 020 3092 0401 or email towerhamlets.consultation@projectcentre.co.uk.

The consultation will close Monday 17 July 2017.

Thank you for your feedback.

What happens next?

The results of this consultation will be analysed and presented to Councillors for a final decision. If the proposal is accepted work is expected to start in the autumn.

Background: Transforming Stepney's Streets

Background: Transforming Stepney's Streets

Tower Hamlets is committed to making the borough a safer place which people can take pride in. We are looking to deliver a range of improvements to our streets for everyone’s benefit, whether you walk, cycle, use public transport or drive. The first area to be reviewed is Stepney as we have received funding through Transport for London and development contributions to improve the area.

In 2014, there were 932 personal injury collisions recorded in Tower Hamlet. Implementing 20mph zones and limits across the borough has had a positive impact on reducing collisions and improving safety for all road users, but evidence shows us there is more that can be done.

Improving road user behaviour is key to reducing collisions and although changes in road layout can’t fully resolve this, redesign of our streets can help.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to improve the streets of Stepney. There are lots of small changes we could make which would really improve the streets in this area and discourage dangerous driving.”

Last year we consulted local residents on proposed improvements in the Arbour Square area with 135 of you letting us know what you thought about the original designs.

We listened to what you said and have altered the design based on your feedback. We now want to know what you think about the new design. Have your say now – the consultation will close Monday 17 July.

Aims of the scheme

Aims of the scheme

  • Improve the look, feel and safety of the street for all road users
  • Reduce the volume of non-local traffic rat running through the area
  • Improve traffic calming in the existing 20mph zone to slow vehicle speeds throughout the area
  • Improve walking and cycling routes to and from local schools, and places of interest.
Previous consultation documents

Previous consultation documents

You can view the previous consultation documents below:

Revised proposed changes

Revised proposed changes

Arbour Square Area Map

Arbour Square Area Map

We have reviewed the original design based on feedback from residents, for example:

  • You told us the proposed road closure on Senrab Street will lead to a loss of residential parking, so we have moved the road closure to the eastern end of Antill Terrace, which will still reduce the potential for antisocial driving but with less impact on parking.
  • You asked for more traffic calming measures on East and West Arbour Streets to prevent antisocial driving, so we propose to introduce flat-topped humps along both these roads and narrow both ends of East Arbour Street.
  • Forty one per cent of residents disagreed with the one-way changes so we will not be going ahead with this on Head Street and Senrab Street.
  • You said that the proposal for angular parking would lead to antisocial behaviour and visibility issues so we will keep the existing parking arrangement.

You can read the Public Consultation Summary in the section above, which details what you said and what we’ve changed.

Have your say

Have your say

We want everyone who lives and works in the local area to have their say on the proposals. Fill in the short survey below to send us your feedback, or email your comments to towerhamlets.consultation@projectcentre.co.uk.

If you require a paper copy, translation or other format please phone Project Centre who are managing the consultation on behalf of Tower Hamlets Council on 020 3092 0401 or email towerhamlets.consultation@projectcentre.co.uk.

The consultation will close Monday 17 July 2017.

Thank you for your feedback.

What happens next?

What happens next?

The results of this consultation will be analysed and presented to Councillors for a final decision. If the proposal is accepted work is expected to start in the autumn.

Have your say

Please let us know if you agree or disagree with the proposals in the area by filling in our quick survey.


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