Poplar Healthy Neighbourhood

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This project aims to improve the safety and the street environment of Poplar High Street, making it a more pleasant place to live, work and visit. London’s high streets are important gathering places for a wide range of people. Tell us what you want to see on Poplar High Street and help us develop our plans to improve the look and feel of public spaces in the neighbourhood and make it easier, safer, and more convenient to get around by foot, bike and public transport.


You can also listen to an overview of the Brick Lane proposal in English and in Bengali.

Why do we want to improve road safety?

Poplar High Street in Tower Hamlets, East London is a historic high street, bustling with shops, cafes, schools and religious buildings. New City College is on Poplar High Street and hosts thousands of students aged 16 and above.

Poplar High Street itself has four different bus routes that travel along it, as well as Cycle Superhighway 3. This cycle route links east London to Central, with over 2.4 million people using it last year. Poplar High Street is surrounded by many main roads, all carrying huge volumes of traffic. During the morning and evening rush hour, over 500 vehicles every hour use Poplar High Street as a short cut between Commercial Road Cotton Street. This traffic impacts on air quality, road safety and public transport.

The high level of traffic is detrimental to road safety for walking and cycling. It makes it difficult to cross the road for pedestrians and cyclists can also feel unsafe. The traffic levels exceed recommended guidelines for the volume of cyclists that use Poplar High Street.

The traffic levels also create significant delays to the buses services that use Poplar High Street.

Why do we want to improve air pollution?

Poplar High Street has been designated an Air Quality Focus Area because it is a location that exceeds the yearly average of nitrogen dioxide levels which means there is high human exposure to toxic air pollution. Every day the staff and students experience levels of Nitrogen Dioxide higher than the legal limit for schools and nurseries.

How can I get involved?

You can get involved by filling in our initial survey at the bottom of this page or by participating in our of our on-street events.

July – 11th August Engagement

We will deliver a series of on street pop ups to speak with residents and passers-by in Poplar High Street and ask them how they feel about the street. We will also run an audit of the street with local disability groups to understand accessibility issues from the point of view of disabled people.

6th September - 4th October Consultation

The formal consultation process will be in September. At this stage you will be able to fill in a survey providing feedback on a series of design options for the area, which will be based on all the engagement up to that point. We will also deliver a co-design workshop, to gather views on solutions based on all the feedback gathered so far.

October - December Implementation

The timing for the implementation of the designs will depend on the solutions being proposed, as some of them may take longer to design and build than others.

Any questions?

If you have any comments or questions, and If you would like a translated version of this website, please contact us through

email at Transportation@towerhamlets.gov.uk . We encourage you to get involved.




This project aims to improve the safety and the street environment of Poplar High Street, making it a more pleasant place to live, work and visit. London’s high streets are important gathering places for a wide range of people. Tell us what you want to see on Poplar High Street and help us develop our plans to improve the look and feel of public spaces in the neighbourhood and make it easier, safer, and more convenient to get around by foot, bike and public transport.


You can also listen to an overview of the Brick Lane proposal in English and in Bengali.

Why do we want to improve road safety?

Poplar High Street in Tower Hamlets, East London is a historic high street, bustling with shops, cafes, schools and religious buildings. New City College is on Poplar High Street and hosts thousands of students aged 16 and above.

Poplar High Street itself has four different bus routes that travel along it, as well as Cycle Superhighway 3. This cycle route links east London to Central, with over 2.4 million people using it last year. Poplar High Street is surrounded by many main roads, all carrying huge volumes of traffic. During the morning and evening rush hour, over 500 vehicles every hour use Poplar High Street as a short cut between Commercial Road Cotton Street. This traffic impacts on air quality, road safety and public transport.

The high level of traffic is detrimental to road safety for walking and cycling. It makes it difficult to cross the road for pedestrians and cyclists can also feel unsafe. The traffic levels exceed recommended guidelines for the volume of cyclists that use Poplar High Street.

The traffic levels also create significant delays to the buses services that use Poplar High Street.

Why do we want to improve air pollution?

Poplar High Street has been designated an Air Quality Focus Area because it is a location that exceeds the yearly average of nitrogen dioxide levels which means there is high human exposure to toxic air pollution. Every day the staff and students experience levels of Nitrogen Dioxide higher than the legal limit for schools and nurseries.

How can I get involved?

You can get involved by filling in our initial survey at the bottom of this page or by participating in our of our on-street events.

July – 11th August Engagement

We will deliver a series of on street pop ups to speak with residents and passers-by in Poplar High Street and ask them how they feel about the street. We will also run an audit of the street with local disability groups to understand accessibility issues from the point of view of disabled people.

6th September - 4th October Consultation

The formal consultation process will be in September. At this stage you will be able to fill in a survey providing feedback on a series of design options for the area, which will be based on all the engagement up to that point. We will also deliver a co-design workshop, to gather views on solutions based on all the feedback gathered so far.

October - December Implementation

The timing for the implementation of the designs will depend on the solutions being proposed, as some of them may take longer to design and build than others.

Any questions?

If you have any comments or questions, and If you would like a translated version of this website, please contact us through

email at Transportation@towerhamlets.gov.uk . We encourage you to get involved.




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Poplar High Street Map

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Please let us know where you feel improvement need to be made