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.

Bethnal Green Construction Updates

Please submit any questions you have regarding the construction phase of Liveable Streets Bethnal Green. The team will aim to respond to you within a few business days.

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    I received an invite to attend a Liveable Streets Engagement Meeting in mid November, which appeared to have been made in response to a question I raised on the Liveable Streets Team’s Forum. The question was to enquire about: a) the complete lack of public consultation before a proposed closure on Ropley St was added to the Liveable Streets Plans b) the unfairness of a consultation process in which, according to the Council Programme, residents in Ropley Street were able to comment on closures in neighbouring streets, but neighbouring streets were not asked for input and comment on the closure of Ropley Street itself. At the time of the proposed meeting, I still hadn't received a response to this question. I then heard through neighbours (not directly from the Liveable Streets team) that this meeting had been postponed. Now we appear to be in limbo: I still don’t have a response to my original question and there is no sign of a re-scheduled meeting. My understanding is that the Government has made it clear that in return for central funding being granted it expects Councils to conduct meaningful consultation with residents. I contend that is a sham consultation when • some people have been allowed to comment on proposals in neighbouring streets in which they don’t live but which impacts them • I (and others) haven’t been able to comment on a proposals for a neighbouring street we don’t live in but which seriously impacts us • the Council appears to be cherry picking who attends a meeting about this same matter. I had not seen the November Engagement Meeting advertised, nor had my neighbours who are in exactly the same position as me with regard to The Ropey St plans. They hadn’t been invited to this meeting or seen any Council literature advertising nor had they been asked for their input. Now, the Council appears to have disengaged with Residents. Please reassure us we aren’t going to wake up to find Ropley Street closed without an open and fair consultation.

    M20H asked 9 months ago

    The closure of Ropley Street had come from strong support and a petition from Ropley Street residents that was given to us in support of closing Ropley Street during the Nov 2019 Bethnal Green consultation event. It was not included in the original design, however, from the concerns raised by residents living on the street it was decided to implement the closure as requested.

    The decision was made to provide a wider consultation area for the Barnet Grove closures as the proposed closures in Barnet Grove would have a much larger area of impact than that of Ropley Street. All residents within Barnet Grove still have access to Hackney Road via Horatio Street and we anticipate that the closure of Ropley Street will have minimal impact to the surrounding area.  

    It was chosen to delay the meeting in November due to us yet having the detailed designs drafted in time to present them. The meeting was intended for constructive feedback by those that live on the street comment on designing the details of planting, trees and street furniture. The use of the meeting was not intended to discuss opposing the closure point.

    Since the cancellation of the last proposed webinar, we have now met with residents of Ropley street and also intend to hold a further webinar for individuals of the wider area to comment on the design features. If you send an email to liveablestreets@towerhamlets.gov.uk we will ensure that you are added to the invite list so you can share your feedback on design features.

    Kind Regards, 

    David

    The Liveable Streets Team

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    When will Warner place be implemented as a one way system? The noise from it being used as a rat run / cut through is becoming increasingly problematic - there are constant traffic blockages and fights and shouting and sounding of horns from idiot drivers

    Fed up asked 10 months ago

    Hello, 

    The Warner Place closure is currently under review by the council and has yet to be given a commencement date. The closure will now most likely take place early next year whilst we work to implement the School Streets closure along Pollard Row first. 


    Kind Regards,

    David

    The Liveable Streets Team

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    Hello Can you tell me when the closure on Pollard Row will be going in? there has been a huge increase in the amount of traffic using Pollard Row this week (possibly due to people avoiding the road works at the Hackney Road junction with Cambridge Heath Road), with traffic queuing back to Bethnal Green Road, impatient drivers honking horns, stationary cars blaring music etc. There have been many tipper trucks, concrete mixers and other large vehicles unsuitable for residential roads using Pollard Row as well. Please get the closure in as soon as possible to stop this happening. Thanks

    Ed asked 12 months ago

    Hello, 

    The Pollard road closure has been temporarily delayed until further notice. We will distribute commencement letters to the surrounding areas and update the website prior to any works occurring.

    Kind Regards, 

    David

    The Liveable Streets Team

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    Hi I wonder if you could help me understand the scheme a bit better. I understand that there are still two options being considered around the Jesus Green area. Option 1: being closures on both Barnet Grove and Durant street and option 2: being closures on both Wellington row and Barney Grove at the junction of the two And closure of Quilter street at its junction with Ravenscroft street. I live on Elwin Street. With either of these two options and the other planned changes, the only way I can see that I will be able to drive to my house is from the Hackney Road only, via Shipton Street, then the top of Columbia road into Barnet Grove and finally into Elwin street. And that I will not have access to Elwin Street from the south ie From Bethnal Green Road. Please can you confirm that my understanding on these two points are correct. If this is the case then I cannot see how I can access my house by car on sundays as the Columbia Rd market usually blocks the top of Columbia road, or at at least makes it very difficult to get through. Many thanks

    Giff asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Giff, 

    The extension of  Columbia market is only temporary in order to allow traders to adhere to social distancing. As it is only a temporary measure you will regain access to Barnet Grove Road via Columbia Road in the future before any final decision is made. We understand that if this was to progress with the extension of the market then there would be no way to access your road via vehicle and this Is not what the plans intend. 

    In regards to the closures. I believe you are correct and this would be the case that you would access your road via Hackney Road and Shipton Street and that access via the South will be blocked.  

    Kind Regards, 

    The Liveable Streets Team


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    As you know, there have been significant changes to the Market layout to facilitate social distancing, which appear to be working very well. As far as I can see, both of the options for Barnet Grove assume the original Market arrangements. Is there going to be an opportunity to revisit the closure location if you decide to retain the new Market layout? I would have thought that there was a strong case for reverting to the original proposal of a closure at the top of Barnet Grove if that is the case.

    ec1 asked about 1 year ago

    Hello, 

    We are proceeding with the current consultation based on the premise that the market will not be remaining extended in future. There currently is no plan to revisit closure locations.

    However, if the market was decided to remain extended in future to maintain social distancing measures, then options 1 and 2 may no longer be viable options and will have to be reviewed based on the new circumstances presented. We will keep the community updated with the latest news based on the most current situation.

    Kind Regards,

    The Liveable Streets Team

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    The LBTH webpage for road closures states: Road closures are a means of stopping all through traffic. Roads are usually closed by a barrier, with an emergency access gate for emergency service vehicles. Where there is a road closure, a provision needs to be made for large vehicles to turn round. This is why roads are not generally closed in residential areas. Also road closures inconvenience residents as they make it more difficult for them to get to their homes. But now you re imposing these very same measures under your so-called Liveable Street program in narrow streets where there is not possibility of vehicles turning around.

    Wattle asked about 1 year ago

    Hello, 

    A vehicle swept-path analysis was conducted to ensure that typical sized vehicles are able to turn around at the proposed road closure. No-through road signage will be displayed at junctions in advance, as part of the measures to inform motorists and discourage them from entering the roads unnecessarily.

    Kind Regards,

    The Liveable Streets Team

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    The map for the Barnet Grove survey is incomplete. It fails to show the entirety of the area impacted by closing Barnet Grove, what the possible access and exit point are, and makes no reference to the previously mapped one way streets. How is anyone supposed to understand the impact of the proposed changes. At the same time, the two options on offer only make a real difference to some 75 houses, primarily on Quilter Street. This is not offering residents any real option at all.

    Wattle asked about 1 year ago

    Hello, 

    Please refer to the Bethnal Green wider plan linked below. This provides a larger plan of all works going on across the area. 

    https://talk.towerhamlets.gov.uk/4093/widgets/12671/documents/4864

    To voice your opinion on the options please make sure to fill out the online survey so we can review your comments. 

    https://talk.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lsbethnalgreen/survey_tools/poll1 

    Kind Regards, 

    The Liveable Streets Team

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    Could you please list the residential roads in the Jesus Green area which have had consultation forms regarding the most recent Barnet Grove options. Would be useful to know as some residents have not received consultation forms, but they may fall outside of the consultation area. Important to know asap with the deadline approaching. Thank you

    NWF asked about 1 year ago

    Hello, 

    Our consultation document below provides a clear redline boundary around the project area. Every road within this area would have received a consultation document. 

    https://talk.towerhamlets.gov.uk/4093/widgets/12671/documents/5391 

    For further reference, I have also outlined the roads below that would have received documents:

    • Columbia Road 
    • Barnet Grove 
    • Quilter Street 
    • Elwin Street 
    • Ravenscroft Street 
    • Wellington Row 
    • Gosset Street 
    • Delta Street  
    • The Way 
    • Wimbolt Street  
    • Baxendale Street 
    • Durant Street 
    • Ropley Street 
    • Ezra Street 
    • Shipton Street 
    • Horatio Street  


    Kind Regards, 

    The Liveable Streets Team

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    When is the road closure between Clarkson Street and around Ellsworth Street estimated to be active?

    AndyT asked about 1 year ago

    Hello, 


    The road closure between Clarkson Street and Ellsworth Street is yet to come into force. Construction work began on old Bethnal Green Road on Friday 12th June after the easing of lockdown measures due to COVID-19. Once these are completed, the next stage of the construction works will include implementing a road closure between Clarkson Street and Ellsworth Street. We will notify properties in the area ahead of expected works taking place near them.   

    Kind Regards, 

    The Liveable Streets Team

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    hello Liveable Streets Team, Please can you give an an assurance that you are committed to the residents on the Boundary Estate and the residential nature of the area by clearly stating that (1) you are not having any street trading permitted within the Boundary Estate demise at any time. (2) that no more alcohol on or off licences will be issued with in this same area (3) that you share you plans for policing any anti social behaviour that will result from the change in use from roads to pedestrian access only. The last point is in light of the current unrestricted car bar , gas station, drug stores that are currently allowed to operate unchecked, and which cause aggravation to residents. Many thanks, David

    DavidM asked about 1 year ago

    Hello David, 

    We are not proposing any changes to licensing in the Arnold Circus area. Please note that we are not directly responsible for the licensing of the area. This responsibility falls to the Tower Hamlets licensing team that issues them. 

    In reference to policing. Although the Tower Hamlets Liveable Streets Team liaises with the police and safer neighborhoods team, we do not create plans for their policing. It is ultimately down to the police and safer neighborhoods team to address these anti-social issues presented. 

    Many issues associated with Arnold Circus are due to vehicles parking there and we anticipate volumes of this activity to decline as the majority of the circle will be closed to vehicle traffic. 

    Kind Regards, 

    The Liveable Streets Team