Liveable Streets Bethnal Green

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Liveable Streets is a multi-million-pound borough-wide street and public space improvement programme. It aims to improve the look and feel of public spaces in neighbourhoods across the borough and make it easier, safer, and more convenient to get around by foot, bike and public transport.

Following two years of community outreach and engagement, we have begun construction on some works and will continue to review and discuss the impact of any changes with residents, businesses and schools. Please refer to the document section on the right side of the page (bottom of page on mobile browsers) to find out more about the previous stages of the Liveable Streets Bethnal Green programme and engagement activities. You can also view our equalities impact assessment for this project.


Construction phases

Here is a map summarising changes to the road layout across the Bethnal Green area. Full details of current and upcoming works will be detailed below.

Information about completed works can be found in the Documents tab at the right of the screen (or at the bottom on mobile browsers).


Construction updates

Upcoming works

We would like to thank residents and local stakeholders who have reached out to us and shared support for the scheme, concerns and changes you would like to see included in the project. We have listened to your requests for further works, concerns on traffic displacement and issues for access.

Barnet Grove junction with Wellington Row

The original design for the Barnet Grove area included a lockable bollard at the junction of Barnet Grove and Wellington Row. This was agreed in discussions with the emergency services who, it was planned, would primarily access the area by Wellington Row via the Gosset Street/Columbia Road junction which will be camera enforced.

Following continued discussions with stakeholders, this closure will now be enforced by a camera. In addition, we have realigned the planters, suspended parking bays and made the street two-way to further improve emergency access. These changes will ensure that emergency services can travel in both directions on Barnet Grove, which was not possible before Liveable Streets.

The closure will be monitored by automatic number-plate recognition (ANPR) cameras and scheduled to be installed in the coming days. The registered owner of any non-emergency vehicle driving through this junction will be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN). Vehicles can continue to access Columbia Road via Shipton Street and Horatio Street or Ravenscroft Street at all times.

Columbia Road

Works to widen pavements, plant trees and introduce a new crossing near the entrance to Ravenscroft Park from the new public space at Gosset Street are being finalised. A commencement letter was sent to all surrounding properties prior to the commencement of work including a plan of the proposal.

Ravenscroft Street

  • As part of the scheme, the section of Ravenscroft Street between Columbia Road and Ezra Street will become one-way northbound. This will reduce the number of motor vehicles rat-running from Hackney Road and reduce vehicle movements outside the school.
  • A part of the one way pavement outside the school gates will be widened and an improved informal crossing provided to access the park.

Ropley Street

We will be writing to residents and traders next month as part of the public consultation to obtain feedback on the design of this scheme. This scheme was presented by residents through their feedback received in the 2019 consultation for the Bethnal Green. The aim would be to reduce through-traffic in Columbia Road which generates additional noise, pollution and road safety concerns near the junction and outside local schools.

We will continue to monitor the impact of all changes to ensure they make the neighbourhood safer and more pleasant for residents and visitors. We will continue to work closely with the Emergency Services to achieve the positive objectives of the programme and designs that ensure they can continue to meet their response times.


Coronavirus updates

Work will continue as planned on the projects and the team will adhere to all guidelines.

Please note construction timing is subject to change depending on changes to restrictions, supply chain, weather and coordination of works in the area. We will update the website with any changes to the programme and hope you will continue to help us improve the look and feel of your neighbourhood.

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding the construction phase please see below, or get in touch with the team by emailing liveablestreets@towerhamlets.gov.uk or calling 0203 092 0401.

To receive project updates, please join our mailing list by clicking here.

Liveable Streets is a multi-million-pound borough-wide street and public space improvement programme. It aims to improve the look and feel of public spaces in neighbourhoods across the borough and make it easier, safer, and more convenient to get around by foot, bike and public transport.

Following two years of community outreach and engagement, we have begun construction on some works and will continue to review and discuss the impact of any changes with residents, businesses and schools. Please refer to the document section on the right side of the page (bottom of page on mobile browsers) to find out more about the previous stages of the Liveable Streets Bethnal Green programme and engagement activities. You can also view our equalities impact assessment for this project.


Construction phases

Here is a map summarising changes to the road layout across the Bethnal Green area. Full details of current and upcoming works will be detailed below.

Information about completed works can be found in the Documents tab at the right of the screen (or at the bottom on mobile browsers).


Construction updates

Upcoming works

We would like to thank residents and local stakeholders who have reached out to us and shared support for the scheme, concerns and changes you would like to see included in the project. We have listened to your requests for further works, concerns on traffic displacement and issues for access.

Barnet Grove junction with Wellington Row

The original design for the Barnet Grove area included a lockable bollard at the junction of Barnet Grove and Wellington Row. This was agreed in discussions with the emergency services who, it was planned, would primarily access the area by Wellington Row via the Gosset Street/Columbia Road junction which will be camera enforced.

Following continued discussions with stakeholders, this closure will now be enforced by a camera. In addition, we have realigned the planters, suspended parking bays and made the street two-way to further improve emergency access. These changes will ensure that emergency services can travel in both directions on Barnet Grove, which was not possible before Liveable Streets.

The closure will be monitored by automatic number-plate recognition (ANPR) cameras and scheduled to be installed in the coming days. The registered owner of any non-emergency vehicle driving through this junction will be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN). Vehicles can continue to access Columbia Road via Shipton Street and Horatio Street or Ravenscroft Street at all times.

Columbia Road

Works to widen pavements, plant trees and introduce a new crossing near the entrance to Ravenscroft Park from the new public space at Gosset Street are being finalised. A commencement letter was sent to all surrounding properties prior to the commencement of work including a plan of the proposal.

Ravenscroft Street

  • As part of the scheme, the section of Ravenscroft Street between Columbia Road and Ezra Street will become one-way northbound. This will reduce the number of motor vehicles rat-running from Hackney Road and reduce vehicle movements outside the school.
  • A part of the one way pavement outside the school gates will be widened and an improved informal crossing provided to access the park.

Ropley Street

We will be writing to residents and traders next month as part of the public consultation to obtain feedback on the design of this scheme. This scheme was presented by residents through their feedback received in the 2019 consultation for the Bethnal Green. The aim would be to reduce through-traffic in Columbia Road which generates additional noise, pollution and road safety concerns near the junction and outside local schools.

We will continue to monitor the impact of all changes to ensure they make the neighbourhood safer and more pleasant for residents and visitors. We will continue to work closely with the Emergency Services to achieve the positive objectives of the programme and designs that ensure they can continue to meet their response times.


Coronavirus updates

Work will continue as planned on the projects and the team will adhere to all guidelines.

Please note construction timing is subject to change depending on changes to restrictions, supply chain, weather and coordination of works in the area. We will update the website with any changes to the programme and hope you will continue to help us improve the look and feel of your neighbourhood.

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding the construction phase please see below, or get in touch with the team by emailing liveablestreets@towerhamlets.gov.uk or calling 0203 092 0401.

To receive project updates, please join our mailing list by clicking here.