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.

Please refer to the right side of the page to find out more about the previous stages of the Liveable Streets Bethnal Green programme and engagement activities.


UPDATE 25 November 2020: Gosset Street/Columbia Road Detailed Design

The improvements to the Gosset Street area form a key part of the Liveable Streets programme and we want the public realm design to enhance the area as best as possible. As the final stages of the Gosset Street engagement process have taken place during the Covid-19 restrictions, engagement with residents in the area has been held online via webinar format.

Thank you to all contributors for their ideas so far and, as we are now reaching the end stage of the detailed design, we would like to get final comments from the wider community on these design proposals.

We are enthusiastic to hear your ideas so please visit the Gosset Street project page for more details.


Bethnal Green Construction

Construction phases

The programme is now moving into the construction phase for the Bethnal Green area. 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 currently progressing on Old Bethnal Green Road (Scheme 4) and will be completed in stages to minimise any disruption. The update below shows the current status of the Old Bethnal Green Road works.

Old Bethnal Green Road, images of current ongoing work. Click to enlarge image.

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

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


Works are also progressing along Clarkson Street, Middleton Street, Punderson's Gardens and Clare Street. A breakdown of the works can be found in the below table.

Work statusLocationWork Type
Works nearing completionClarkson 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
TBCMiddleton Street
  • Footway improvements and buildout
  • Installation of traffic calming speed hump
Works nearing completionPunderson'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
TBCClare 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


Clarkson Street, as shown below, is progressing as planned and is in the final stages of construction. We expect this to be completed in the coming weeks.

Clarkson Street, images of current ongoing work. Click to enlarge image.

Punderson's Gardens, like Clarkson street, is also progressing on track with construction nearing to an end. We expect this to be completed imminently within the coming weeks.

Punderson's Gardens, images of current ongoing work. Click to enlarge image.


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.

Please refer to the right side of the page to find out more about the previous stages of the Liveable Streets Bethnal Green programme and engagement activities.


UPDATE 25 November 2020: Gosset Street/Columbia Road Detailed Design

The improvements to the Gosset Street area form a key part of the Liveable Streets programme and we want the public realm design to enhance the area as best as possible. As the final stages of the Gosset Street engagement process have taken place during the Covid-19 restrictions, engagement with residents in the area has been held online via webinar format.

Thank you to all contributors for their ideas so far and, as we are now reaching the end stage of the detailed design, we would like to get final comments from the wider community on these design proposals.

We are enthusiastic to hear your ideas so please visit the Gosset Street project page for more details.


Bethnal Green Construction

Construction phases

The programme is now moving into the construction phase for the Bethnal Green area. 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 currently progressing on Old Bethnal Green Road (Scheme 4) and will be completed in stages to minimise any disruption. The update below shows the current status of the Old Bethnal Green Road works.

Old Bethnal Green Road, images of current ongoing work. Click to enlarge image.

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

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


Works are also progressing along Clarkson Street, Middleton Street, Punderson's Gardens and Clare Street. A breakdown of the works can be found in the below table.

Work statusLocationWork Type
Works nearing completionClarkson 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
TBCMiddleton Street
  • Footway improvements and buildout
  • Installation of traffic calming speed hump
Works nearing completionPunderson'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
TBCClare 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


Clarkson Street, as shown below, is progressing as planned and is in the final stages of construction. We expect this to be completed in the coming weeks.

Clarkson Street, images of current ongoing work. Click to enlarge image.

Punderson's Gardens, like Clarkson street, is also progressing on track with construction nearing to an end. We expect this to be completed imminently within the coming weeks.

Punderson's Gardens, images of current ongoing work. Click to enlarge image.


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.

  • CLOSED: This survey is now closed.



    Update: Thank you for your responses. The consultation has now ended and we will not be accepting any more survey responses beyond this point. 

    The October 2019 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 but some were concerned about access for market traders on
    Sundays. These views have been taken on board and two options are proposed. Both new
    options



    Update: Thank you for your responses. The consultation has now ended and we will not be accepting any more survey responses beyond this point. 

    The October 2019 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 but some were concerned about access for market traders on
    Sundays. These views have been taken on board and two options are proposed. Both new
    options prevent a through-traffic route and allow the market to operate business as usual.

    Option 1: Durant Street and Barnet Grove 

    This option accommodates a road closure and pocket park on Durant Street at the junction of Wimbolt Street. The road closure and pocket park will prevent the creation of a through-traffic route. A pocket park (also known as a parklet or mini-park) is a small park accessible to the general public.

    Option 1 includes a road closure on Barnet Grove between Wimbolt Street and Quilter Street, to prevent a through-traffic route. This closure will allow emergency vehicle access. Both closures allow for full pedestrian and cycle access. Access to market trader parking bays remain the same for Durant Street.

    Option 2: Quilter Street, Wellington Row and Barnet Grove 

    This option features a road closure with a pocket park on Quilter Street at the junction of Ravenscroft Street. This prevents outside traffic from using Barnet Grove as a through-traffic route.

    This option includes 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. This prevents a through-traffic route, but allows for emergency vehicle access. All road closures allow for full pedestrian and cycle access. Barnet Grove becomes two-way between Elwin Street and Wellington Row and access to market trader parking bays remain the same for Durant Street.


    Please note - The diversity questions are not mandatory and you do not have to answer them if you wish not to. 

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