Bethnal Green backs Liveable Streets proposals

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Bethnal Green will become the first of 17 neighbourhoods to see significant improvements as part of Tower Hamlets Council’s Liveable Streets programme.

More than two thirds of the residents and traders who took part in a recent consultation backed plans to cut down on the amount of through-traffic using local roads and to encourage walking, cycling and the use of public transport.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “Our Liveable Streets proposals will make Bethnal Green a safer, greener and cleaner place to live, work and visit. I’d like to thank residents, schools and traders for all their input – they have played a key role in shaping these final designs.

“We’ve maintained access to homes and businesses while looking to remove traffic from outside the area. We will listen to feedback about the proposals at Columbia Road to ensure they strike the right balance as we continue to support the iconic flower market.”

Wider pavements, safer crossings, improved lighting and CCTV all feature in the £2.7 million investment which includes traffic restrictions around Old Bethnal Green Road and Arnold Circus. It is hoped the changes will help to enhance safety on residential streets.

While proposed traffic restrictions around Columbia Road received strong support, some concerns about access to Hackney Road were raised in the consultation. In response, there will be further engagement on an alternative option for the Barnet Grove closure.

Work on the improvements is scheduled to start in May 2020, subject to approval by the Mayor at the council’s Cabinet later this month.

Results from the Liveable Streets consultation in Wapping will be published next month and a consultation with residents and traders has begun in Barkantine on the Isle of Dogs about similar proposals to improve road safety there.

Residents and businesses can see the final designs and consultation results for Bethnal Green and have their say on proposals in Barkantine

Posted on Tuesday 21st January 2020