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.


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

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 Gosset Street and we expect these to be completed in the next 3 to 4 weeks.
  • 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

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.


Construction along Pollard Row commenced Thursday 3 December 2020 and has since been completed with a review of parking underway. These works form part of the wider Liveable Streets program and will see a new School Street implemented for Elizabeth Selby Infants School to create a safe space for school children.

A plan indicating where the proposed closure points are on Pollard Row and Pollard StreetPollard Row closure points and school street


The works commencement letter was distributed to surrounding local residents prior to the commencement of works.

Works commenced at the junction of Columbia Road and Gosset Street on Monday 25 January 2021 and are currently ongoing. A commencement letter was sent to all surrounding properties prior to the commencement of work.

Image of proposed public space at the junction of Gosset Street and Columbia Road, Proposed one way to Gosset Street, Columbia Road and Ravenscroft StreetPublic space and one way systems along Gosset Street, Columbia Road and Ravenscroft Street

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.


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

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 Gosset Street and we expect these to be completed in the next 3 to 4 weeks.
  • 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

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.


Construction along Pollard Row commenced Thursday 3 December 2020 and has since been completed with a review of parking underway. These works form part of the wider Liveable Streets program and will see a new School Street implemented for Elizabeth Selby Infants School to create a safe space for school children.

A plan indicating where the proposed closure points are on Pollard Row and Pollard StreetPollard Row closure points and school street


The works commencement letter was distributed to surrounding local residents prior to the commencement of works.

Works commenced at the junction of Columbia Road and Gosset Street on Monday 25 January 2021 and are currently ongoing. A commencement letter was sent to all surrounding properties prior to the commencement of work.

Image of proposed public space at the junction of Gosset Street and Columbia Road, Proposed one way to Gosset Street, Columbia Road and Ravenscroft StreetPublic space and one way systems along Gosset Street, Columbia Road and Ravenscroft Street

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.