Healthy Poplar High Street

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The Healthy Poplar High Street 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.

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 Saltwell Street and 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.

What we are proposing?

We are consulting on proposals to help tackle these problems. Through this consultation, we are asking for your thoughts on a series of measures along Poplar High Street which seek to make it easier, safer, and more convenient to get around by foot, bike and public transport. We have secured funding from TfL’s Active Travel Fund and developer contributions to implement this scheme.

Proposed measures on the eastern end of Poplar High Street

For the eastern section of Poplar High Street there are two options. Option 1 make a series of positive changes that benefit walking, cycling and public transport. Option 2 adds to the benefits of Option 1 by reducing east bound traffic on Poplar High Street on weekday peak times (between 4pm and 7pm) by adding a bus gate on the junction with Bazely Street.

Proposed measures on the central section of Poplar High Street

Here we are proposing the reconfiguration of priority give way east of Cottage Street to make it safer for cyclists We are also proposing new continuous footways on the junctions with Cottage Street, Simpsons Road and the estate access road east of Cottage Street and raised table on the Cottage Street junction with Poplar High Street.

Proposed measures on the western section of Poplar High Street

Here we are greening at various locations and continuous footways on the junctions with Wade’s Place, Hale Street, Dolphin Lane and Stoneyard Lane.

More detail on each of the proposals is set out in this document.

How you can get involved

Please have your say on our online survey below by the 9th January 2022.

We will also be sending out surveys to all residents in the area.








The Healthy Poplar High Street 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.

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 Saltwell Street and 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.

What we are proposing?

We are consulting on proposals to help tackle these problems. Through this consultation, we are asking for your thoughts on a series of measures along Poplar High Street which seek to make it easier, safer, and more convenient to get around by foot, bike and public transport. We have secured funding from TfL’s Active Travel Fund and developer contributions to implement this scheme.

Proposed measures on the eastern end of Poplar High Street

For the eastern section of Poplar High Street there are two options. Option 1 make a series of positive changes that benefit walking, cycling and public transport. Option 2 adds to the benefits of Option 1 by reducing east bound traffic on Poplar High Street on weekday peak times (between 4pm and 7pm) by adding a bus gate on the junction with Bazely Street.

Proposed measures on the central section of Poplar High Street

Here we are proposing the reconfiguration of priority give way east of Cottage Street to make it safer for cyclists We are also proposing new continuous footways on the junctions with Cottage Street, Simpsons Road and the estate access road east of Cottage Street and raised table on the Cottage Street junction with Poplar High Street.

Proposed measures on the western section of Poplar High Street

Here we are greening at various locations and continuous footways on the junctions with Wade’s Place, Hale Street, Dolphin Lane and Stoneyard Lane.

More detail on each of the proposals is set out in this document.

How you can get involved

Please have your say on our online survey below by the 9th January 2022.

We will also be sending out surveys to all residents in the area.








Page last updated: 13 Dec 2021, 05:34 PM