Tower Hamlets Council is today launching a consultation on its draft transport strategy, which will end on 15 September 2019.
New research shows that Tower Hamlets has the highest traffic levels in the UK, with one in three car trips shorter than 1.2 miles. The council wants to hear the views of residents about how travel can be made more sustainable.
Relieving gridlock on the borough’s streets is just one of the aims of the council’s ambitious draft strategy, which sets out plans to ease congestion, improve air quality and reduce the impact on the environment.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “As London’s fastest growing borough, we need to look at how we move around. Poor air quality and noise pollution affects us all and transport emissions, congested roads and unsustainable travel play a big role in that. We want to hear from residents about the challenges they face on their daily travels as we look for ways to make it easier to live more sustainably and make the borough healthier, safer and with a better quality of life.”
Currently, 77 per cent of residents are exposed to unsafe pollution levels, children in the borough have on average up to ten per cent less lung capacity and 43 per cent of Year 6 school children are overweight or obese.
According to Public Health England, pollution is linked to increasing rates of asthma, heart disease, dementia, lung cancer and low birth weight.
Promoting walking and cycling is at the heart of plans to help meet the Mayor of London’s target that 90 per cent of all trips in the borough should be made on foot, by cycle or by using public transport by 2041.
Over the next two months, the council will be asking all those who live and work in the borough to get involved, share their ideas and help shape the future of travel in Tower Hamlets.
Councillor David Edgar, Cabinet Member for the Environment said: “As a busy inner London borough, we suffer a lot from the impact of through-traffic using our main roads. We need a transport network that copes with this challenge but we also need to encourage people to use other forms of transport where they can.
“We want to hear from those who live and work in the borough so that we can work with Transport for London to keep traffic flowing while offering a range of alternative travel options.
“This consultation will help us identify what can be done to support more sustainable travel and I look forward to hearing everyone’s views.”
Transport for London manages the main roads including A11, A12 and A13 as well as bus, Underground, DLR and Overground services.
Residents can read more about the council’s plans, find out about events being planned and have their say by visiting www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/Transport2019
1 - Transport for London Travel Demand Survey
2 - London Atmospheric Emissions Inventory
3 - Kings College London study into the impact of air pollution on childrens' lungs
4 - NHS Digital: National Child Measurement Programme
5 - Mayor of London's Transport Strategy
Posted on Wednesday 31st July 2019