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.


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 your support for the scheme, your concerns and also 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.

The Council intends to carry out the following:

Jesus Hospital Estate

  • We are intending to implement option 2, which was the favoured option, of the consultation held in July to August 2020. This option includes:
    1. A road closure on Barnet Grove, north of the junction with Wellington Row and a closure on Wellington Row, east of the junction with Barnet Grove
    2. A road closure at the junction with Quilter Street and Ravenscroft Street.
    3. Barnet Grove becomes two-way between Elwin Street and Wellington Row with access to market trader parking bays.
    4. Both closures allow for full pedestrian and cycle access. Access to market trader parking bays remain the same for Durant Street.
  • These measures will be implemented on an experimental basis using free-standing planters and lockable bollards. The impacts of these measures will be monitored and reviewed before being made permanent. Sufficient access for emergency services around Columbia Road will be maintained at all times, and we continue to discuss this and other closures in the area with the emergency services.
  • We are working with the markets team to make sure that there is always clear access for motor vehicles to enter and exit the local area north of these closures to and from Hackney Road.
  • We are aware of the levels of through-traffic passing in this area at the moment due to the Gosset Street closure. We are intending to install the closures listed above by the end of April in order to remove this through traffic and return the local streets to a quieter state.

Ravenscroft Street

  • As part of the scheme, the southern 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

  • Carry out a consultation on the closure and design of Ropley Street. The proposals approved in 2020 included the introduction of a road closure on Ropley Street. This was included because of a resident petition as part of consultation feedback, calling for the closure due to the perceived dangerous nature of the junction and potential increase in rat-running vehicles using this road after travelling along Columbia Road. Over the past six months, we have been working with local residents to design up the closure and associated public realm improvements. In order to get the view of the wider Bethnal Green community on this particular closure, we will hold a three-week consultation in May 2021 on the design of the scheme to get feedback from the wider community to inform any changes and, subject to consultation, will aim to implement this Summer.

Gosset Street

  • Works are continuing on the Gosset Street junction with Columbia Road and we expect these to be completed in May 2021.
  • We are aware of traffic now using other residential streets to cut-through the area, we expect the intended measures on Barnet Grove and Ravenscroft Street to help address these issues.

Warner Place and Squirries Street junctions with Gosset Street

  • Further detailed updates on this closure to follow soon.

Ongoing works

Old Bethnal Green Road

Works are currently nearing completion on Old Bethnal Green Road and has been completed in stages to minimise any disruption.

To find out more about Old Bethnal Green works, please see the notification letter for residents.

You can also view the work commencement letters that have been distributed to all affected areas.

Pollard Row

Construction along Pollard Row began in December 2020 and has since been completed with a review of parking underway. These works form part of the wider Liveable Streets programme and will see a new School Street implemented for Elizabeth Selby Infants School to create a safe space for school children. The works commencement letter was distributed to surrounding local residents prior to the commencement of works. A plan of the proposal can be viewed here.

Gosset Street

Works began at the junction of Columbia Road and Gosset Street on 25 January 2021 and are currently ongoing. A commencement letter was sent to all surrounding properties prior to the commencement of work and a plan of the proposal can be viewed here.

Barnet Grove

Works are currently being undertaken to progress the Barnet Grove Option 2 closure option, which will deliver:

  1. A road closure on Barnet Grove, north of the junction with Wellington Row and a closure on Wellington Row, east of the junction with Barnet Grove
  2. A road closure on the junction of Ravenscroft Street and Quilter Street which will be implemented using removable planters.
  3. Barnet Grove becomes two-way between Elwin Street and Wellington Row with access for market traders.
  4. Parking bays remain the same for Durant Street.
  5. Access for emergency services through the area around Columbia Road will be maintained at all times.

A commencement letter was sent to all surrounding properties prior to the commencement of works. A plan of the proposal can be viewed here.


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 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, 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.


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 your support for the scheme, your concerns and also 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.

The Council intends to carry out the following:

Jesus Hospital Estate

  • We are intending to implement option 2, which was the favoured option, of the consultation held in July to August 2020. This option includes:
    1. A road closure on Barnet Grove, north of the junction with Wellington Row and a closure on Wellington Row, east of the junction with Barnet Grove
    2. A road closure at the junction with Quilter Street and Ravenscroft Street.
    3. Barnet Grove becomes two-way between Elwin Street and Wellington Row with access to market trader parking bays.
    4. Both closures allow for full pedestrian and cycle access. Access to market trader parking bays remain the same for Durant Street.
  • These measures will be implemented on an experimental basis using free-standing planters and lockable bollards. The impacts of these measures will be monitored and reviewed before being made permanent. Sufficient access for emergency services around Columbia Road will be maintained at all times, and we continue to discuss this and other closures in the area with the emergency services.
  • We are working with the markets team to make sure that there is always clear access for motor vehicles to enter and exit the local area north of these closures to and from Hackney Road.
  • We are aware of the levels of through-traffic passing in this area at the moment due to the Gosset Street closure. We are intending to install the closures listed above by the end of April in order to remove this through traffic and return the local streets to a quieter state.

Ravenscroft Street

  • As part of the scheme, the southern 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

  • Carry out a consultation on the closure and design of Ropley Street. The proposals approved in 2020 included the introduction of a road closure on Ropley Street. This was included because of a resident petition as part of consultation feedback, calling for the closure due to the perceived dangerous nature of the junction and potential increase in rat-running vehicles using this road after travelling along Columbia Road. Over the past six months, we have been working with local residents to design up the closure and associated public realm improvements. In order to get the view of the wider Bethnal Green community on this particular closure, we will hold a three-week consultation in May 2021 on the design of the scheme to get feedback from the wider community to inform any changes and, subject to consultation, will aim to implement this Summer.

Gosset Street

  • Works are continuing on the Gosset Street junction with Columbia Road and we expect these to be completed in May 2021.
  • We are aware of traffic now using other residential streets to cut-through the area, we expect the intended measures on Barnet Grove and Ravenscroft Street to help address these issues.

Warner Place and Squirries Street junctions with Gosset Street

  • Further detailed updates on this closure to follow soon.

Ongoing works

Old Bethnal Green Road

Works are currently nearing completion on Old Bethnal Green Road and has been completed in stages to minimise any disruption.

To find out more about Old Bethnal Green works, please see the notification letter for residents.

You can also view the work commencement letters that have been distributed to all affected areas.

Pollard Row

Construction along Pollard Row began in December 2020 and has since been completed with a review of parking underway. These works form part of the wider Liveable Streets programme and will see a new School Street implemented for Elizabeth Selby Infants School to create a safe space for school children. The works commencement letter was distributed to surrounding local residents prior to the commencement of works. A plan of the proposal can be viewed here.

Gosset Street

Works began at the junction of Columbia Road and Gosset Street on 25 January 2021 and are currently ongoing. A commencement letter was sent to all surrounding properties prior to the commencement of work and a plan of the proposal can be viewed here.

Barnet Grove

Works are currently being undertaken to progress the Barnet Grove Option 2 closure option, which will deliver:

  1. A road closure on Barnet Grove, north of the junction with Wellington Row and a closure on Wellington Row, east of the junction with Barnet Grove
  2. A road closure on the junction of Ravenscroft Street and Quilter Street which will be implemented using removable planters.
  3. Barnet Grove becomes two-way between Elwin Street and Wellington Row with access for market traders.
  4. Parking bays remain the same for Durant Street.
  5. Access for emergency services through the area around Columbia Road will be maintained at all times.

A commencement letter was sent to all surrounding properties prior to the commencement of works. A plan of the proposal can be viewed here.


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 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.

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 5 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 5 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 7 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 10 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 10 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 10 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 10 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