Wapping to receive £1.1m investment in safer streets

Wapping High Street

Walking, cycling and public transport access is set to become easier and safer in Wapping thanks to a £1.1million investment by Tower Hamlets Council.

It’s the latest stage of the council’s multi-million pound Liveable Streets programme that will deliver positive changes to streets and public spaces in 17 areas of the borough. In a survey of more than 600 residents, 70 per cent backed the latest proposals to improve pavements, crossings and safety outside schools in Wapping.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who helped shape the proposals. The feedback we received played an important role in informing the final designs.

“This is the latest area to benefit from our Liveable Streets investment which aims to make it easier, safer, and more convenient to get around by foot, bike and public transport. We also want to reduce the number of people making rat runs and shortcuts through Wapping.”

Continuous pavements and more dropped kerbs will make it easier to move around Wapping using prams, pushchairs, buggies and wheelchairs. They will also make it easier for residents to access the new electric step-free route 100 buses.

More than 2.7 million rail journeys begin or end at Wapping every year. The proposals will make it safer to access the station and improve wayfinding to local businesses and amenities.

The proposals will be presented to the council’s Cabinet later this month. If approved, work will begin in July on: a new pedestrian crossing outside the London Overground station; a pocket park off Wapping Lane; improved links to the canal and local businesses; as well as better street lighting and more greenery.

Residents and businesses suggested locations for new dropped kerbs and cycle parking. They also helpfully pointed out where bollards could be removed to make pavements less cluttered.

The council’s proposals also include widening the footways around the entrance to St Peter’s London Docks Primary School to reduce speeding and make the crossing safer. This will also create a safer environment for pupils at nearby Hermitage Primary School.

A new zebra crossing would also be implemented on Glamis Road while Pennington Street would become one-way from Virginia Street to Artichoke Hill. This change was proposed in response to a petition from residents who want to see a reduction in traffic noise and pollution.

To support the aims of making the neighbourhood cleaner and greener for residents and businesses, the council worked with Transport for London to support the conversion of all buses on the 100 route to electric vehicles.

Posted on Wednesday 19th February 2020