Major £3.3 million transformation for Bow

Roman Road Visualisation
  • Traffic management in the town centre
  • New outdoor spaces
  • More cycle and public transport facilities

Parts of Bow including the town centre on the historic Roman Road are set to be transformed, as part of a successful, £3.3 million funding bid announced today by the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL).

The bid by Tower Hamlets council was part of a multi-million pound, Liveable Neighbourhoods programme across the capital, which aims to increase the proportion of people walking, cycling and taking public transport to 80 per cent by 2041.

The scheme also aims to cut the damaging impact of air pollution in the capital.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “Our ambition is to create an attractive and vibrant borough for people to live, work and visit.

This successful bid is a great opportunity to radically improve some of the traffic infrastructure and open spaces in Bow. It will encourage walking and cycling and help reduce traffic and air pollution. It complements my £15m ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ programme, which will be delivered across the borough in the next four years.”

Recent TfL research has highlighted the economic benefits of walking and cycling in local areas, with infrastructure improvements such as new cycle routes leading to increased retail spending of up to 30 per cent.

Councillor David Edgar, Cabinet Member for Environmentsaid: “We want Tower Hamlets to become one of the most cycle and pedestrian friendly boroughs in London. I’m delighted our bid to TfL was successful which will mean additional investment to create a cleaner and greener Bow’’.

The Liveable Neighbourhoods funding which has increased from £33 million in November 2017 to £53.4 this year will be used to transform local neighbourhoods in inner and outer London, with new walking and cycling infrastructure, new pedestrian crossings and rat runs closed to motor traffic. New pocket parks and revamped public spaces will improve air quality and make local streets more attractive places, helping to support local high streets.

Posted on Tuesday 5th March 2019