Liveable Streets Shadwell

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Update: This consultation has now closed and we would like to thank all that have participated. We are now working to analyse the feedback received and will update the webpage in the coming weeks with our findings.


The Liveable Streets Shadwell proposal aims to improve the look and feel of the Shadwell area whilst making it easier, safer, and more convenient to get around by foot and bike.

An Overview map of the Shadwell proposalsOverview map of proposals in Shadwell. Please click on the image to download a larger copy.

These proposals have been developed on feedback based on residents, businesses and the local community and aim to benefit all road users. This is achieved by improving accessibility to walking and cycling for all so that those with disabilities, people of all ages, cultures and genders can feel safe. Additionally, the reduction in through traffic in the area will improve the safety and air quality for all.

Our proposals include:

  • School Street on Bigland Street to improve road safety for students and families.
  • Creating more space for pedestrians to improve access on Watney Street.
  • Enhancing the neighbourhood with improved accessibility, lighting, planting, public art, and traffic calming measures.
  • Reducing cut-through traffic in the area during morning peak periods.
  • Improving the pavements on Cannon Street Road for pedestrians.

What is being proposed?

Five schemes have been developed to improve walking and cycling, create better public spaces, discourage through-traffic and improve air quality (click on each scheme to view details):


Coronavirus update

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 Liveable Streets Shadwell scheme please get in touch with the team by emailing LiveableStreets@towerhamlets.gov.uk or calling 0203 092 0401 (Weekdays 9am - 5pm - excluding public holidays).


Update: From Monday 11 January 2021, you will see some construction work on Cable Street, near Watney Street, to widen the footways. These works are not part of the Liveable Streets programme, but are a continuation of the works that were implemented earlier in 2020, such as the works near the junction of Cable Street and Sutton Street. If you have any questions regarding the works, please email Transportation@towerhamlets.gov.uk.

Update: This consultation has now closed and we would like to thank all that have participated. We are now working to analyse the feedback received and will update the webpage in the coming weeks with our findings.


The Liveable Streets Shadwell proposal aims to improve the look and feel of the Shadwell area whilst making it easier, safer, and more convenient to get around by foot and bike.

An Overview map of the Shadwell proposalsOverview map of proposals in Shadwell. Please click on the image to download a larger copy.

These proposals have been developed on feedback based on residents, businesses and the local community and aim to benefit all road users. This is achieved by improving accessibility to walking and cycling for all so that those with disabilities, people of all ages, cultures and genders can feel safe. Additionally, the reduction in through traffic in the area will improve the safety and air quality for all.

Our proposals include:

  • School Street on Bigland Street to improve road safety for students and families.
  • Creating more space for pedestrians to improve access on Watney Street.
  • Enhancing the neighbourhood with improved accessibility, lighting, planting, public art, and traffic calming measures.
  • Reducing cut-through traffic in the area during morning peak periods.
  • Improving the pavements on Cannon Street Road for pedestrians.

What is being proposed?

Five schemes have been developed to improve walking and cycling, create better public spaces, discourage through-traffic and improve air quality (click on each scheme to view details):


Coronavirus update

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 Liveable Streets Shadwell scheme please get in touch with the team by emailing LiveableStreets@towerhamlets.gov.uk or calling 0203 092 0401 (Weekdays 9am - 5pm - excluding public holidays).


Update: From Monday 11 January 2021, you will see some construction work on Cable Street, near Watney Street, to widen the footways. These works are not part of the Liveable Streets programme, but are a continuation of the works that were implemented earlier in 2020, such as the works near the junction of Cable Street and Sutton Street. If you have any questions regarding the works, please email Transportation@towerhamlets.gov.uk.

  • Scheme 1 - School Streets

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
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    As part of our ongoing commitment to improving safety around schools, we have spoken to schools within the Shadwell area. We propose to make the temporary school street on Bigland Street a permanent feature.

    Plan of proposed School Street

    School Street

    School Streets enable streets to be closed to motor vehicles either permanently or during mornings and afternoons on school days to allow children, parents and staff to arrive and leave the schools in a safe and healthy environment whilst encouraging more active travel.

    It is proposed that Bigland Street, between Cannon Street Road and Tillman Street, will be closed to motor vehicles between 8.15am to 9.15am in the morning and 3pm to 4pm in the afternoon on school days.

    This will allow children, parents, families, and staff to arrive and leave the school in a safe and healthy environment whilst encouraging more active travel.

    Why do we need School Streets?

    To improve road safety - Unfortunately, children are some of the most vulnerable road users. As part of the School Street we look at the design of the roads and pavements to make it as safe as possible for children on the way to and from school.

    To protect children from pollution - Harmful air pollution affects the health and well-being of children. Children’s lung capacity can be reduced by breathing toxic air which can affect all organs in their body and their long term health. Find out more at www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/breatheclean

    To encourage active travel - Busy roads can make it feel unsafe to walk and cycle. We can widen pavements, introduce crossings and calm traffic to allow more children to safely walk, scoot and cycle. Where possible, schools can provide space for storing bikes and scooters safely. Find out more at www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/cycling

    How will the school street work?

    The School Street will be enforced by Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras and vehicles entering not exempt, will automatically be issued a penalty charge notice.

    Access for residents and businesses of those streets, school staff, blue badge users and carers or families of children with special educational needs (SEND), which will be allowed if the vehicle is registered for an exemption. Permits can be requested free of charge online at:

    www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/schoolstreets

    All other vehicles not registered for exemption will not be permitted to enter the School Street between 8.15am to 9.15am and 3pm to 4pm on school days.

    All vehicles parked within the School Streets will be permitted to leave the area at all times.


    If the proposals are approved, school workshops will be arranged. The design will be developed through workshops to create a design that understands children’s journeys to and from school, air quality impact, health and well-being improvements.

    If you would like further information on Tower Hamlets School Streets initiatives, please visit: www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/schoolstreets

    Read more about the other proposals on our main page, and have your say by filling in the survey before 11:59pm on Sunday 5 September 2021.

  • Scheme 2 - Watney Street

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    Watney Street is the busiest pedestrian area in Shadwell, with Watney Market to the north of the road and Shadwell overground and DLR stations to the south of the road bringing people into the area.

    Plan of Watney Street proposals

    Pedestrian Improvements

    We are proposing to make more space for pedestrians in the area, which is currently narrow and cramped. This will make it much easier for those who walk, use a wheelchair or pushchair in the area and create a nicer environment to spend time in.

    Wider pavements near the stations are proposed, where they are most needed for everyone who lives, works and visits the area. This can be achieved by reducing the road width between Cable Street and Chapman Street and making it northbound only for motor vehicles.

    More space for pedestrians can also be created outside the overground station on Cornwall Street and close to Cable Street by moving some loading space to the east side of Watney Street and providing a longer formal loading bay for businesses. This will also make it easier for emergency service vehicles to move through the area.

    Over 7,000 people use the zebra crossing on Watney Street every day. We are proposing to widen it so people can cross easily and safely.

    Public Space improvements

    More planting and lighting will be implemented at the DLR station and near Watney Market. Public art can also be incorporated into the public space around Watney Street. We are working with TfL to improve the areas they manage.

    Visualisation of Watney Street proposals

    Read more about the other proposals on our main page, and have your say by filling in the survey before 11:59pm on Sunday 5 September 2021.

  • Scheme 3 - Enhancing the neighbourhood

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    We know there are limited trees, plants and green spaces in the area and there are locations where the public space can be improved. An important part of improving the area for walking and cycling is the look and feel of the neighbourhood to create a better and safer environment for the community to enjoy.

    Street Lighting

    We will assess and improve the lighting in the following locations:

    • Underneath the railway arches on Devenport Street and Sutton Street
    • On the path next to the DLR station between Watney Street and Sutton Street
    • Watney Market
    • Dellow Street

    Accessibility

    Our proposals aim to improve accessibility for all that travel, walk and cycle around Shadwell. We are proposing blended crossings (i.e. a continuous pavements at quiet side roads, which give priority to pedestrians) and street furniture removal (e.g. posts and bollards) along:

    • Cable Street
    • Bigland Street
    • Sutton Street
    • Watney Street

    Pavement widening is also proposed on:

    • Devonport Street
    • Deancross Street
    • Pitsea Street

    Traffic calming

    Speed humps and raised tables are proposed on key roads in Shadwell to reduce vehicle speeds. Also, numerous raised tables are proposed, particularly at side roads to keep vehicle speeds low and make it easier for pedestrians to cross. These will improve road safety for people walking or cycling. These improvements are proposed on:

    • Cable Street
    • Devonport Street
    • Brodlove Street
    • Pitsea Street
    • Sutton Street
    • Chapman Street
    • Martha Street
    • Watney Street
    • Caroline Street

    A banned right turn is also proposed from Rampart Street onto Commercial Road. This aims to prevent non-local traffic using Rampart Street to avoid the traffic lights at the Cannon Street Road/Commercial Road junction.

    Planting

    Our proposals aim to create a more attractive environment for those walking and cycling by providing more planting in the neighbourhood. These improvements are proposed on:

    • Cable Street, near Stepney Causeway
    • The Highway, near King David Lane

    Cycle Stands

    Cycle stands have been proposed near the Idea Store and on Watney Street.

    Cannon Street Road

    We propose to improve the walking experience on Cannon Street Road by doing the following:

    • Street decluttering, to allow more room for pedestrians to walk along the pavement.
    • Pavement resurfacing
    • Removing unessential driveways, to make a level pavement surface
    • Blended crossings, designed to maintain pavement level to improve accessibility and slow down vehicles when entering or exiting a road

    In addition to this we also are proposing:

    • Planting, to improve the area for those cycling and walking
    • Cycle stands

    Cable Street Studios

    The eastern end of Cable Street near the Cable Street Studios offers space that could be better utilised by improving the public space since the banned right turn was introduced in 2020. This can be achieved by relocating the existing parking to Cable Street to provide planting, opportunities for seating outside of businesses and relocating cycle stands to improve their visibility.

    Read more about the other proposals on our main page, and have your say by filling in the survey before 11:59pm on Sunday 5 September 2021.

  • Scheme 4 - Cable Street

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    You told us that Cable Street has too much traffic, particularly in the morning. The morning peak period is when there are high numbers of people wanting to walk and cycle to school and work safely. There are over 2000 vehicles using Cable Street in the morning peak period, with over 90% (1800) of vehicles not stopping or accessing places within the Shadwell area.

    Plan of Cable Street proposals

    To address these issues we are proposing the following measures along Cable Street:

    Traffic management

    We are proposing to reduce the volume of through traffic accessing Cable Street and the wider Shadwell area while maintaining access for residents. To achieve this we propose to restrict the following movements in the mornings on weekdays at the following locations:

    • Restricting right-hand turns from The Highway onto Glamis Road and onto King David Lane
    • Restricting left-hand turns from Brodlove Lane onto Cable Street

    These changes will reduce traffic on Cable Street benefitting the 100 and D3 bus routes that operate along Cable Street.

    Improvements to the existing speed humps along Cable Street and Devonport Street are also proposed so that they are more effective at reducing vehicle speeds.

    Pedestrian and cycling improvements

    We are proposing to widen the pavements on Cable Street where they are narrow to provide more space for pedestrians. Cable Street is the key east-west connection for walking through the area.

    It is also proposed to widen the existing cycle crossing on Cable Street between Pitsea Street and Stepney Causeway. This will create an easier transition for people cycling across Cable Street where the cycle track crosses the road.

    Read more about the other proposals on our main page, and have your say by filling in the survey before 11:59pm on Sunday 5 September 2021.


  • Scheme 5 - 339 Bus route

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    We want to ensure that the 339 bus journeys are efficient and to make walking the easiest way to get around Shadwell and Tower Hamlets.

    Bus route improvements

    We are proposing changes to Martha Street, Watney Street, and Tarling Street to improve the 339 bus route. We propose to remove pinch points where oncoming buses and traffic get blocked, delay each other and get frustrated.

    Martha Street will become no entry from Watney Street (except for cyclists) and the northernmost section of Watney Street into Tarling Street will become one way northbound, for motor vehicles. Sutton Street will remain two-way.

    To reduce noise and congestion at the bus stop on Martha Street we are proposing to remove two loading/parking bays on the north side of the road.

    Moving the bus stop on Martha Street 5 metres east will improve visibility for pedestrians.

    Walking Improvements

    A zebra crossing is being proposed outside of St Mary and St Michael Catholic Primary School to help improve safe access for staff, children and families travelling to school.


    Plan of the proposed improvement to the 339 bus route

    Read more about the other proposals on our main page, and have your say by filling in the survey before 11:59pm on Sunday 5 September 2021.


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