Liveable Streets Old Ford Road West

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Update: Please note that the consultation period has now finished and the survey is closed. Thank you to all that have contributed to the Old Ford Road West consultation, the results of the survey will be analysed. Check back on this page to keep up to date with the latest information on the project.

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. Tower Hamlets would like to hear your views on the proposals for the Old Ford Road West project area.

We've listened to your concerns on issues including:

  • The volume and speed of vehicles in residential streets, impacting safety, air and noise pollution.
  • The need for better, cleaner and greener public spaces.
  • Hostile environment for pedestrians and cyclists.

What is proposed and why are the proposals important?

Four schemes have been developed to improve walking and cycling, create better public space, reduce through-traffic and improve air quality.

We are proposing traffic changes and calming measures to make local streets safer for everyone. This includes crossing improvements, better street lighting, tree planting, and School Streets.

Every day thousands of vehicles are travelling through the area and not stopping. These vehicles are contributing to the already unacceptable levels of air pollution on your streets, outside your schools and around your local shops. These proposals are also planned to work together with the approved Bethnal Green scheme and proposed changes in the Bow Liveable Streets area. This scheme in the Old Ford Road West area will provide essential links by creating improved active travel routes for everyone.

The Liveable Streets proposals will help improve road safety, public spaces, and air quality. However to achieve this some local residents who want to drive may have to travel longer distances.

All properties will still be accessible by vehicle, but people will also have greater choice on how they get around by removing barriers to walking and cycling.

Old Ford Road West Proposals

Scheme area map of project area bounded by Regent's Canal, Cambridge Heath Road and Roman Road.

Click below to view the Old Ford Road West scheme area proposals:

The survey is now closed. Thank you for all your responses.

If you have a question regarding the Old Ford Road West proposals, you can ask below or email us.

If you require information in another format or have any further questions, send us an email, call us (0203 092 0401, weekdays 9am - 5pm) or write to us at:

Liveable Streets, 6th Floor Mulberry Place, PO Box 55739, 5 Clove Crescent, London E14 2BG


Coronavirus update

Our Liveable Streets programme team is following government advice and is currently working remotely. Work will continue as planned on the projects and the team will adhere to all guidelines.

For coronavirus updates from Tower Hamlets join our mailing list.

If you have any questions regarding the consultation phase please see below, or get in touch with the team by emailing liveablestreets@towerhamlets.gov.uk or calling 0203 092 0401 (weekdays, excluding public holidays, 9am - 5pm).

Update: Please note that the consultation period has now finished and the survey is closed. Thank you to all that have contributed to the Old Ford Road West consultation, the results of the survey will be analysed. Check back on this page to keep up to date with the latest information on the project.

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. Tower Hamlets would like to hear your views on the proposals for the Old Ford Road West project area.

We've listened to your concerns on issues including:

  • The volume and speed of vehicles in residential streets, impacting safety, air and noise pollution.
  • The need for better, cleaner and greener public spaces.
  • Hostile environment for pedestrians and cyclists.

What is proposed and why are the proposals important?

Four schemes have been developed to improve walking and cycling, create better public space, reduce through-traffic and improve air quality.

We are proposing traffic changes and calming measures to make local streets safer for everyone. This includes crossing improvements, better street lighting, tree planting, and School Streets.

Every day thousands of vehicles are travelling through the area and not stopping. These vehicles are contributing to the already unacceptable levels of air pollution on your streets, outside your schools and around your local shops. These proposals are also planned to work together with the approved Bethnal Green scheme and proposed changes in the Bow Liveable Streets area. This scheme in the Old Ford Road West area will provide essential links by creating improved active travel routes for everyone.

The Liveable Streets proposals will help improve road safety, public spaces, and air quality. However to achieve this some local residents who want to drive may have to travel longer distances.

All properties will still be accessible by vehicle, but people will also have greater choice on how they get around by removing barriers to walking and cycling.

Old Ford Road West Proposals

Scheme area map of project area bounded by Regent's Canal, Cambridge Heath Road and Roman Road.

Click below to view the Old Ford Road West scheme area proposals:

The survey is now closed. Thank you for all your responses.

If you have a question regarding the Old Ford Road West proposals, you can ask below or email us.

If you require information in another format or have any further questions, send us an email, call us (0203 092 0401, weekdays 9am - 5pm) or write to us at:

Liveable Streets, 6th Floor Mulberry Place, PO Box 55739, 5 Clove Crescent, London E14 2BG


Coronavirus update

Our Liveable Streets programme team is following government advice and is currently working remotely. Work will continue as planned on the projects and the team will adhere to all guidelines.

For coronavirus updates from Tower Hamlets join our mailing list.

If you have any questions regarding the consultation phase please see below, or get in touch with the team by emailing liveablestreets@towerhamlets.gov.uk or calling 0203 092 0401 (weekdays, excluding public holidays, 9am - 5pm).

CLOSED: Thank you for your queries. The Q&A function is now closed. Please direct any queries to liveablestreets@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Please submit your questions relating to Liveable Streets Old Ford Road West public consultation, and the team will aim to get back to you within a few days.

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    I was not able to fill in the questionnaire within the short window available. I would like to know if the LS Old Ford Road West enhancements can go ahead without road closures? The closure of Old Bethnal Green road has caused traffic chaos on the main routes and this will make them worse. The pollution on the main routes is already worse, as so many vehicles are idling for longer due to traffic being at a standstill for so long. I walk on those main routes and my asthma is worse. I will not take the back routes as less safe. Also, by closing the roads in this area, it will mean the ongoing issue with drug dealers in the area will have more cover! I am all for traffic calming, that in itself will encourage more drivers to main routes, but shutting roads does not work!!!

    TMM asked about 2 months ago

    Hello,

    It is being proposed to leave Old Ford Road West open still to traffic however closures in the surrounding area are necessary for achieving safer streets for local residents and reduced air pollution.

    We anticipate that measures approved for construction outside of the area are likely to have a positive effect on reducing the attractiveness of Old Ford Road as a rat-run route. The Liveable Streets Programme incorporates the whole northern section of the borough. With Bow to the east and Bethnal Green to the west, both having significant traffic reduction measures to be implemented through modal filtering and closures, traffic on Old Ford Road will benefit from positive knock-on effects. Traffic travelling from Bethnal Green Road is likely to continue on Roman Road, and a closure on Old Bethnal Green Road is likely to prevent vehicles using this rat-run to access Old Ford Road. Similarly, the closure at Skew Bridge and timed bus gateway on Roman Road in Bow will deter vehicles from using Old Ford Road as a cut-through to and from the A12.  

    In addition, there are proposed traffic calming measures to reduce speeding and increase safety along the road whilst including more greenery in the surrounding areas to help deal with air pollution. Additional improved lighting will be introduced as well around the area to improve the brightness along the streets and help residents feel safer when walking around during the night whilst discouraging ASB.

    Kind Regards,

    David

    The Liveable Streets Team

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    The window to fill in the questionnaire being 1 month prior to Christmas, during such ipublic upheaval with lockdowns, was too short. Will you consider opening the survey again.

    TMM asked about 2 months ago

    Hello, 

    We don't intend to reopen the survey as the consultation has now concluded.

    Kind Regards,

    David

    The Liveable Streets Team

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    Because it is intended to close Bonner Street at it's junction with Roman Road, this will mean that the only vehicular access into this area will be via Old Ford Road. This will result in many more vehicles being forced to turn into Cyprus Place to reach Cyprus Street and will also result in drivers who wish to get to Bonner Street etc using Cyprus Place as their preferred route. How will the Old Ford Road - Cyprus Place junction be changed to reflect this? At the moment, the Cyprus Place junction is very narrow and is only wide enough for a single vehicle at a time with restricted sight lines into and out of Cyprus Place. Unless this junction is significantly improved, this junction will become very busy and more dangerous.

    bjd asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for taking the time to write to us. I appreciate your concerns about increased traffic through Cyprus Place. Through the closure of Bonner Street at its southern end will stop rat-running from Roman Road to Old Ford Road. This is expected to reduce the volume of traffic along and around Bonner Street with the area only experiencing local resident traffic as a result of this closure.

    We will, however, take this into consideration and your response will be logged as part of the consultation. If the proposals are implemented the closure point will be monitored after completion to monitor traffic in the area. If there are any issues in the area, then amends will be made as appropriate. All proposals are subject to consultation.

     

    Kind Regards,

    David 

    The Liveable Streets Team

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    Your LS Old Ford Road West proposals do not include details of how you intend to control and manage the use of Old Ford Road as a rat-run through the area (generally commuter vehicles to and from the A12 junction at Tredegar Road). The peak hours congestion, pollution, anti-social behaviour by drivers and passengers, the abuse of pedestrians attempting to cross the road, the general abuse of cyclists etc is unacceptable. Every day I witness vehicles apparently speeding and ignoring the 20mph speed limit (many drive well over 30mph, let alone 20mph), with drivers that ignore the highway code and drive their vehicles dangerously through our neighbourhood. There is a very long list of anti-social and abusive behaviour that I have witnessed over the years.

    bjd asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for taking the time to raise your concerns. There are several reasons for not placing a closure on this road.  The design of the low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) is to the north, and Old Ford Road is one of its boundary roads. Old Ford Road is therefore an important access point for residents and visitors to access the LTN, ensuring that every property is still accessible by car.  As a boundary road we have tried to include measures that will slow vehicle speeds and improve crossing points to improve safety for those using active modes of transport.

    The LTN proposed will help form a quiet and safe link for pedestrians and cyclists to and from Victoria Park. The link directly into the park is important to improve safety, and the perception of safety, for this route. This is supported by data that shows that Bishops Way and Sewardstone Road suffers from more rat-run traffic than this stretch of Old Ford Road.

    In addition to this, measures approved for construction outside of the area are likely to have a positive effect on reducing the attractiveness of Old Ford Road as a rat-run route. The Liveable Streets Programme incorporates the whole northern section of the borough. With Bow to the east and Bethnal Green to the west both having significant traffic reduction measures to be implemented through modal filtering and closures, traffic on Old Ford Road will benefit from positive knock on effects. Traffic travelling from Bethnal Green Road is likely to continue on Roman Road, and a closure on Old Bethnal Green Road is likely to prevent vehicles using this rat-run to access Old Ford Road. Similarly, the closure at Skew Bridge and timed bus gateway on Roman Road in Bow will deter vehicles from using Old Ford Road as a cut-through to and from the A12.  

    The purpose of this consultation is to get the feedback from residents, businesses and other stakeholders – nothing is set in stone and changes will be made to the designs if necessary. During previous consultations in other areas, feedback received during the consultation has helped shape the design, with some schemes being added to the design or changed at the request from local residents, businesses and stakeholders. Your feedback is important to us, if you have any suggestions on the design, please fill out the online survey and let us know the items you like, dislike and what other items you would like changed.  Once we have everybody’s opinions we can then make an assessment of the best scheme for the area.

    Kind Regards, 

    David

    The Liveable Streets Team