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.

Update 28/08/2020: We are pleased to inform you that the Liveable Streets project within the Bethnal Green area is continuing to progress. Following successful commencement of Old Bethnal Green Road, work has now been scheduled to commence on the road closures of Clarkson Street, Middleton Street, Punderson's Gardens and Clare Street.

Commencement letters have been distributed around the affected area and can also be viewed here. Below is a breakdown of the works and commencement dates.

Work Start DateDurationLocationWork Type
02/09/20206 WeeksClarkson Street
  • Work to create no through route for vehicles along Clarkson Street. Closure at the corner of Middleton Green with no longer having access to Ellsworth Street
  • Installation of road closure points
  • Some mechanical excavators will be used during these works
02/09/20206 WeeksMiddleton Street
  • Footway improvements and buildout
  • Installation of traffic calming speed hump
02/09/20206 WeeksPunderson's Gardens
  • Works to create no through route for vehicles along Punderson's Gardens from Middleton Street to Bethnal Green Road
  • Some mechanical excavators will be used during these works
02/09/20206 WeeksClare Street
  • Work to create no through route for vehicles along Clare Street from Hackney Road to Old Bethnal Green Road
  • Some mechanical excavators will be used during these works


Below is a plan of the proposed works mentioned in the above table.


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.

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.

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.

Update 28/08/2020: We are pleased to inform you that the Liveable Streets project within the Bethnal Green area is continuing to progress. Following successful commencement of Old Bethnal Green Road, work has now been scheduled to commence on the road closures of Clarkson Street, Middleton Street, Punderson's Gardens and Clare Street.

Commencement letters have been distributed around the affected area and can also be viewed here. Below is a breakdown of the works and commencement dates.

Work Start DateDurationLocationWork Type
02/09/20206 WeeksClarkson Street
  • Work to create no through route for vehicles along Clarkson Street. Closure at the corner of Middleton Green with no longer having access to Ellsworth Street
  • Installation of road closure points
  • Some mechanical excavators will be used during these works
02/09/20206 WeeksMiddleton Street
  • Footway improvements and buildout
  • Installation of traffic calming speed hump
02/09/20206 WeeksPunderson's Gardens
  • Works to create no through route for vehicles along Punderson's Gardens from Middleton Street to Bethnal Green Road
  • Some mechanical excavators will be used during these works
02/09/20206 WeeksClare Street
  • Work to create no through route for vehicles along Clare Street from Hackney Road to Old Bethnal Green Road
  • Some mechanical excavators will be used during these works


Below is a plan of the proposed works mentioned in the above table.


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.

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.

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.

Bethnal Green Construction Updates

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    On the info provided in the consultation leaflet I find it impossible to understand access onto and out of my estate. I phoned 2 days ago to ask but have had no call back. Please can you answer my questions below, so I can understand the proposed options and impact on me and my Jesus Hospital Estate community and respond to the consultation in time for the deadline. My questions: 1. Like the respondent below, I cannot see how I, and my neighbours, or our family and other visitors, will be able to get in and out of our estate by car (or taxi), or, additionally, what access there will be for whatever services we may need (maintenance and building work, carers, Dial-a-Ride, the Sundial bus, the home to school transport for children with special needs and disabilities …) This is because the maps provided in the leaflet do not: - include Hackney Road, Bethnal Green Rd or the whole of Columbia Rd as it connects with Shoreditch - Show all the one-way / 2-way systems. In particular: • Is Wellington Row 1-way or 2-way? • Is Columbia Rd one way going eastwards along its entirety, or, if this changes, what are the changes? • Is Horatio St 1-way, and in which direction, or 2-way? • Is Barnet Grove 2-way all the way from Columbia Rd to Bethnal Green Rd? If not, what? Please can you provide a map which includes all this essential information, and make this available to everyone accessing this website. 2. Sunday access There are additional road closures in Columbia Road for the foreseeable future in response to Covid. Please clarify Sunday access for residents whilst the special Covid arrangements are in operation, applicable to each option. It seems to me that Sunday access before evening will be impossible (at least for my street) once either of these options are implemented during the special arrangements. Is this the case? 3. Access for Emergency vehicles: This is of great concern – lives are potentially at risk. What are “the amendments” that have been made? Specifically what are the routes in and out of the estate that will be possible? What are the risks that have been identified? Has there been an impact assessment, and where is this publically available? 4. Impact on vulnerable residents Specifically, what, if any, consultation has there been with the Sundial Centre, Dial-a-Ride, and the Tower Hamlets home to school transport provision for children with special needs and disabilities and the social care providers in Tower Hamlets? Has there been an impact assessment and where is this publically available? 5. Impact of large vehicles needing to turn around in response to the road blocks and one way systems For each option, what are identifiable as the streets most at risk from damage to street furniture, trees and householders’ property, as well as personal injury, from this cause? (It seems to me that cars and bikes may be at particular risk.)

    StephanieC Asked about 2 months ago

    Hello,

    • All proposals approved as part of the Bethnal Green Liveable Streets project stand. The consultation is on the Barnet Grove area options only. This is because although the closure at the junction of Columbia Rd and Barnet Gr was approved, it was agreed to hold another consultation on this closure to further hear the views of the community whilst still meeting the aims of the programme and to prevent Barnet Grove becoming a new through-traffic route.
    • Wellington Row is one way from the junction of Gosset St to the junction of Ravenscroft St, apologies for any confusion.
    • Columbia Rd from the junction with Gosset St to the junction of Ravenscroft will be one-way.
    • Horatio St remains the same, one-way from the junction with Shipton St to the junction with Hackney Rd.
    • There are no changes proposed the Barnet grove from wellington Row to Bethnal Green Road.
    • In response to regulations around social distancing, the Columbia Road flower market has been temporary extended, we are working with the market to ensure that Liveable streets is complementary during the short term arrangement and that options provided with this consultation are still valid in the long term. Regardless of the consultation outcome, Sunday access for residents will not be impacted. Residents and visitors will still be able to access properties on Sunday in the same way they do currently. Access will either be via Ravenscroft Street and Shipton Street or Squirries Street and Gosset Street. Any changes will be agreed with the LBTH Markets team and a further consultation on the extension of the market to be made permanent will be carried out.
    • As with the Bethnal Green scheme we have also met with all the emergency services in regards to this option and will continue to discuss with them to ensure they are happy they can still operate as required.
    • We engage with a list of stakeholders and share information and invite them to comment on the proposals during the consultation. We will also be following up to hold meetings with the groups such as the Sundial Centre. 
    • Signage will be in place advising drivers of the new road layout, therefore if drivers ignore these signs they will be breaking the law and it will be need to be taken up with the driver of the vehicle which caused any damage.


    I hope this helps to clear things up. 

    Kind Regards, 

    The Liveable Streets Team

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    Re: Barnet Grove, and further to my questions below, I have 2 further questions. Q1 I am glad that you have now provided a link to the map of the overall plan https://talk.towerhamlets.gov.uk/4093/widgets/12671/documents/4864 in response to our requests for information essential to understanding the access routes proposed under each option. However, some critical detail is still not clear. (a) All 3 maps (overall plan and the 2 small option maps) show Columbia Rd is one-way all the way between the Ravenscroft St intersection and the eastern end of the road. This would mean that: - access to/from Hackney Rd for all south of Columbia Rd is blocked under both options - All ways of getting in and out of the area are blocked altogether for most residents under both options. Surely this can’t be intended! Please clarify. (b) The wider map does not show changes to the one-way system in Ravenscroft St shown in the 2 smaller maps. Please clarify. (c) The wider map does not show traffic direction in the section of Barnet Grove between Gosset St and Bethnal Green Rd. Please clarify. Q2 Please confirm if it is now possible to respond to the consultation online (as here https://talk.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lsbethnalgreen/survey_tools/poll1 ) without having to select one or other option. StephanieC

    SC Asked about 2 months ago

    Hello, 

    1a) The proposed one-way system on Columbia Road only applies between Gosset Street to Ravenscroft Street. The remainder of Columbia Road to the eastern end will remain two way. Option 1 will restrict access to Hackney Road for any roads below Quilter Street. Opt2 will restrict access to Hackney Road for all roads Wellington Way and below. 

    1b) None the plans propose any changes to Ravenscroft Street. 

    1c) If there are no arrows indicating direction then the road will remain as it is currently. 

    2) You should be able to do so now.

    Kind Regards, 

    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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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

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    I write this on behalf of my 84 year old parents living in Durant Street. They are very worried and concerned that they may not be able to get out in their car now as they cannot work out on the small map you sent them how they would do so. They are also scared that they now cant have visitors. He has lived in the same house for 84 years and says this is the first time in his life he is not free to come and go.

    ronhunt Asked 2 months ago

    Hello, 

    All areas will still be accessible by car. There will be no loss of parking so there will be no change to available parking for visitors etc in the area. If you like please email www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/liveablestreets with your parent's address and we would be happy to send a larger version of the plan over to them. 

    Kind Regards,

    The Liveable Streets Team