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 and bike.

We have now finished early engagement activities, co-design workshops and consultation of the Liveable Streets Bethnal Green project. So far, we have listened to Bethnal Green residents and heard your concerns on issues including through-traffic, dangerous driving, anti-social behaviour, and pollution.

See the right side of the page to find out more about the previous stages of the Liveable Streets Bethnal Green programme.

Construction phase

The programme is now moving into the construction phase for the Bethnal Green area, which will commence from Friday 12 June 2020. We will update each neighbourhood on the specific works taking place on the roads around them, or you can see the below timeline for when a scheme area near you is scheduled to commence construction.

Click here to see all the changes to the road layout across the Bethnal Green area. The full range of improvements will be detailed below.

Construction updates

Works are scheduled to start in Old Bethnal Green Road (Scheme 4) from Friday 12 June 2020, and will be completed in stages to minimise any disruption.

To find out more information about the Scheme 4 works scheduled, please see the notification letter for residents here.


Project updates

We are pleased to inform you that work is progressing on the Liveable Streets programme in the Bethnal Green neighbourhood. Following the closure of Old Bethnal Green Road to create the pocket park, we are ready to carry out the next stage of our works on Pollard Row, Clarksons Street, Punderson’s Gardens and Clare Street. This work forms part of a multi-million pound borough-wide street and public space improvement programme. We’re investing in quieter, greener streets with enhanced lighting and CCTV to improve safety for residents, businesses and visitors.


Coronavirus updates

Our Liveable Streets programme team are following government advice and are currently working remotely. Work will continue as planned on the projects and the team will adhere to all guidelines.

Please note that construction timing is subject to change depending on changes to coronavirus restrictions, 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.

For coronavirus updates from Tower Hamlets or to join our mailing list please click here.

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.

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 and bike.

We have now finished early engagement activities, co-design workshops and consultation of the Liveable Streets Bethnal Green project. So far, we have listened to Bethnal Green residents and heard your concerns on issues including through-traffic, dangerous driving, anti-social behaviour, and pollution.

See the right side of the page to find out more about the previous stages of the Liveable Streets Bethnal Green programme.

Construction phase

The programme is now moving into the construction phase for the Bethnal Green area, which will commence from Friday 12 June 2020. We will update each neighbourhood on the specific works taking place on the roads around them, or you can see the below timeline for when a scheme area near you is scheduled to commence construction.

Click here to see all the changes to the road layout across the Bethnal Green area. The full range of improvements will be detailed below.

Construction updates

Works are scheduled to start in Old Bethnal Green Road (Scheme 4) from Friday 12 June 2020, and will be completed in stages to minimise any disruption.

To find out more information about the Scheme 4 works scheduled, please see the notification letter for residents here.


Project updates

We are pleased to inform you that work is progressing on the Liveable Streets programme in the Bethnal Green neighbourhood. Following the closure of Old Bethnal Green Road to create the pocket park, we are ready to carry out the next stage of our works on Pollard Row, Clarksons Street, Punderson’s Gardens and Clare Street. This work forms part of a multi-million pound borough-wide street and public space improvement programme. We’re investing in quieter, greener streets with enhanced lighting and CCTV to improve safety for residents, businesses and visitors.


Coronavirus updates

Our Liveable Streets programme team are following government advice and are currently working remotely. Work will continue as planned on the projects and the team will adhere to all guidelines.

Please note that construction timing is subject to change depending on changes to coronavirus restrictions, 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.

For coronavirus updates from Tower Hamlets or to join our mailing list please click here.

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.

  • Arnold Circus

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    29 days ago

    Update: We are pleased to say that the co-design sessions were a great success and a big thank you to everyone who gave their thoughts, suggestions and raised their questions regarding the design.

    This feedback is now being reviewed by our designers and all comments and suggestions will be considered. The information will feed into the final designs and will be available for viewing shortly. Please check back regularly for further updates on Arnold Circus.

    Following strong support for the changes in the public consultation, we have been further developing designs for the Bethnal Green scheme and in particular the pedestrianisation of Arnold Circus.

    As this process has been taking place during the Covid-19 restrictions, we have carried out an online co-design process with people in the area who highlighted in the public consultation their interest in being involved in the design of this new public realm scheme.

    The co-design workshops have brought together residents, community groups, schools, project officers and local ward councillors and some great ideas have been put forward during two very productive sessions.

    We would like to thank all contributors for their input and ideas so far and, as we are now reaching the final stages of the detailed design we would like to get comments from the wider community on the proposals.

    You will find a video below a short presentation from Gareth, the architect commissioned to design the space, outlining proposed features for the space.


    You can also download the presentation in a PDF.

    We are keen to hear your ideas on these plans, so please feel free to share your thoughts here or call 0203 092 0401 (weekdays 9am to 5pm).

  • Barnet Grove consultation

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    24 days ago

    Update: Please note the Barnet Grove consultation has been extended a further week. The new closing date for the consultation is 11:59pm, Sunday 9 August 2020. All surveys will be extended also to this new date.


    The October 2019 consultation survey asked residents and businesses in the Bethnal Green area: ‘How supportive are you of the road closure at the junction of Barnet Grove and Columbia Road?’

    The responses showed the majority of residents and businesses in the area around the closure were supportive of the idea, however some people were concerned about access for market traders and on Sundays.

    We have listened to your concerns and as a result of this, the local council would like to consult the local area on potential alternatives which may resolve existing concerns.

    The outcome of this consultation will directly inform detailed design plans of Bethnal Green Liveable Streets.

    For more information on the proposed alternatives for Barnet Grove, access for emergency vehicles, impact on vulnerable adults and community access, please click here to see the Barnet Grove consultation document.

    Please click on image to download a larger version of the plan.

    Have your say

    You can share your views with us on Barnet Grove by filling out the survey or get in touch with the team by emailing liveablestreets@towerhamlets.gov.uk or calling 0203 092 0401 (weekdays, excluding public holidays, 9am - 5pm).

    Your views are important to us. We want everyone who lives, works and studies in the Barnet Grove area to have their say on the proposed changes by midnight on Sunday 9 August 2020.

    For more information on the proposed alternative options for Barnet Grove, please read the consultation document here.

    Coronavirus update

    Our Liveable Streets programme team is following government advice and is currently working remotely. Work will continue as planned on the projects and the team will adhere to all guidelines.

    For coronavirus updates from Tower Hamlets join our mailing list.