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As we move into the next phase of the coronavirus response with the easing of some movement restrictions, we could see many more people walking and cycling in Tower Hamlets. With limited public transport capacity, crowded pavements and cycle lanes will make it difficult for people to maintain social distancing as they return to work or education.

We're working with Transport for London to identify places where temporary changes are needed to support social distancing or that would benefit from cycling and walking improvements. The changes could include but are not limited to the widening of pavements, a change to the road layout or the introduction of dedicated cycling space.

UPDATE (November 2020): Temporary road closures and outdoor dining in parts of Brick Lane will come to an end on Thursday 5 November. A survey took place to help shape permanent proposals which will be carried forward as part of the council's Liveable Streets programme in 2021.

UPDATE (October 2020): We have made temporary changes to roads to reduce the amount of through traffic on Derbyshire Street and Hague Street in Bethnal Green make it safer and more pleasant for residents and visitors. Have your say in this survey on the changes.

UPDATE (September 2020): We are working with Transport for London on a number of schemes to enable social distancing and active travel in the borough.

Extra pedestrian space has been allocated in Bethnal Green Road, Roman Road and outside more than 25 schools in the borough alongside the first phase of the council's School Streets programme.

Transport for London (TfL) has installed wider pavements and segregated cycle lanes in Burdett Road to improve connectivity for residents, students and visitors in Mile End. Have your say on the changes via this TfL survey.

From 18 September, several main roads in Tower Hamlets will have 24/7 bus lane enforcement to maintain reliable bus services and allocate more space for safer cycling. This will be enforced by Transport for London in Burdett Road, Commercial Road, Mile End Road and Whitechapel Road. In addition, 'No stopping' restrictions will be extended to 24/7 in East India Dock Road, Canton Street and Birchfield Street in Poplar for similar reasons.

UPDATE (July 2020): Thanks to everyone who shared ideas and suggestions of locations where and how we could create safe space for walking, cycling and improved access for people with disabilities.

The transportation team have reviewed all the feedback and submitted a number of funding bids. Updates on forthcoming schemes will be posted above.

As we move into the next phase of the coronavirus response with the easing of some movement restrictions, we could see many more people walking and cycling in Tower Hamlets. With limited public transport capacity, crowded pavements and cycle lanes will make it difficult for people to maintain social distancing as they return to work or education.

We're working with Transport for London to identify places where temporary changes are needed to support social distancing or that would benefit from cycling and walking improvements. The changes could include but are not limited to the widening of pavements, a change to the road layout or the introduction of dedicated cycling space.

UPDATE (November 2020): Temporary road closures and outdoor dining in parts of Brick Lane will come to an end on Thursday 5 November. A survey took place to help shape permanent proposals which will be carried forward as part of the council's Liveable Streets programme in 2021.

UPDATE (October 2020): We have made temporary changes to roads to reduce the amount of through traffic on Derbyshire Street and Hague Street in Bethnal Green make it safer and more pleasant for residents and visitors. Have your say in this survey on the changes.

UPDATE (September 2020): We are working with Transport for London on a number of schemes to enable social distancing and active travel in the borough.

Extra pedestrian space has been allocated in Bethnal Green Road, Roman Road and outside more than 25 schools in the borough alongside the first phase of the council's School Streets programme.

Transport for London (TfL) has installed wider pavements and segregated cycle lanes in Burdett Road to improve connectivity for residents, students and visitors in Mile End. Have your say on the changes via this TfL survey.

From 18 September, several main roads in Tower Hamlets will have 24/7 bus lane enforcement to maintain reliable bus services and allocate more space for safer cycling. This will be enforced by Transport for London in Burdett Road, Commercial Road, Mile End Road and Whitechapel Road. In addition, 'No stopping' restrictions will be extended to 24/7 in East India Dock Road, Canton Street and Birchfield Street in Poplar for similar reasons.

UPDATE (July 2020): Thanks to everyone who shared ideas and suggestions of locations where and how we could create safe space for walking, cycling and improved access for people with disabilities.

The transportation team have reviewed all the feedback and submitted a number of funding bids. Updates on forthcoming schemes will be posted above.

  • The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way people travel with people walking and cycling more and using public transport less due to social distancing. 

    To help people get around safely and support a green recovery in Tower Hamlets, in June we asked you to put forward your ideas and suggestions to improve conditions for walking and cycling. We received feedback that Derbyshire Street is an unpleasant street for walking and cycling as a result of rat running traffic between Bethnal Green Road and Vallance Road and anti-social driving. 

    What are we doing?

    To address this, we have made temporary changes

    The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way people travel with people walking and cycling more and using public transport less due to social distancing. 

    To help people get around safely and support a green recovery in Tower Hamlets, in June we asked you to put forward your ideas and suggestions to improve conditions for walking and cycling. We received feedback that Derbyshire Street is an unpleasant street for walking and cycling as a result of rat running traffic between Bethnal Green Road and Vallance Road and anti-social driving. 

    What are we doing?

    To address this, we have made temporary changes to roads to reduce the amount of through traffic on Derbyshire Street and Hague Street and make it more pleasant for residents and visitors. We plan to achieve this by:

    • Introducing a modal filter (a form of road closure to motor vehicles) on Derbyshire Street near the junction with Vallance Road 
    • Making Derbyshire Street two way between Vallance Road and Hague Street
    • Making Voss Street one way toward eastbound between Vallance Road and Hague Street

    We will be introducing the changes on a trial basis for 18 months. During that period we will contact you again to ask for your views on whether the scheme works effectively before we take a decision on whether to make it permanent or not.


    Let Us Know

    If you are concerned that there will be a serious impact on your access needs which has not been addressed or if you have any questions about the changes we would ask you to let us know now by emailing: transportation@towerhamlets.gov.uk

    Monitoring and Evaluation

    We are also seeking to understand the impact of these proposals. As part of this process we would like gather your views on how you experience your street and area at present via a short survey. Should we go ahead with the proposed scheme, we will contact all participants to complete a further survey to understand how the way you experience your street and area has changed.

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