Scheme 2 - Watney Street

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.

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