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Boost for Brick Lane businesses with new weekend road changes

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Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs and Cllr Dan Tomlinson meet local business owners

PAVEMENT dining on an iconic east London street is set to become a regular feature on some evenings and weekends.

In a boost to pandemic-hit restaurants on Brick Lane, the iconic London street famous for its mix of street markets, curry houses and vintage shops will be closed to traffic on Thursday and Friday evenings and on weekends to help reduce pollution and improve the al fresco dining experience.

The initiative aims to entice some of the 18,500 visitors a day who would pack the streets of Brick Lane pre-pandemic, giving them more space to shop, eat and socialise, and to give local businesses a much-needed boost.

The scheme will operate Thursdays and Fridays between 5.30pm-11pm and on Saturdays and Sundays (including bank holidays) between 11am-11pm.

Alongside the road changes, which will include school streets in neighbouring roads, there will be investment in improving links to Allen Gardens and Whitechapel, enhanced street lighting and public artwork commemorating the 50th anniversary of Bangladeshi independence.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:

“Brick Lane is an iconic London destination and home to many businesses who have suffered a tough 18 months.

“We’re working with residents and businesses to get people back out and supporting local businesses, while at the same time helping to create an overall more enjoyable experience for shoppers and diners.

“The road closures are an experimental scheme. Consultations showed strong support but we know that there is often a mixed response when changes happen and the pavement dining could continue without the roads being closed.”

Cllr Motin Uz-Zaman, Cabinet Member for Work and Economic Growth, said:

“Our local businesses have faced a really tough time throughout the pandemic and they need our continued support.

“We’re committed to supporting them, investing in the area, and giving residents the confidence to get out and enjoy the great range of businesses that we have to offer.”

Cllr Dan Tomlinson, Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Realm, said:

“This is a crucial moment for Brick Lane, the heart of the borough for many of us, and helping it recover strongly from the pandemic is a responsibility the council takes seriously.

“Making the streets in the area safer and more attractive for residents and visitors is one part of our work to support this fantastic street.

“We’ve listened to businesses regarding the timing of the restrictions and there will be no impact on access with the side streets open seven days a week to allow deliveries and parking for disabled visitors.”

Posted on Wednesday 25th August 2021