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Proposals to make parts of Brick Lane traffic-free at evenings and weekends

Brick Lane could become traffic-free at evenings and weekends as part of Tower Hamlets Council’s Liveable Streets programme.

After a trial of 24-hour motor vehicle restrictions in 2020, parts of the famous road could be effectively pedestrianised at evenings and weekends to give safe space for diners, shoppers, traders and visitors.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “We know that thousands of vehicles cut through the area every day without stopping which is harmful for residents and the environment.

“Liveable Streets allows us to invest in neighbourhoods to make them safer, more welcoming as a destination and easier to get around on foot or by bike.

"Outdoor seating, greenery and less traffic can encourage more residents and visitors to support local shops, markets and businesses as we move out of lockdown.

“But I do know that passions can run high about any change in the working of Brick Lane and that Spitalfields has a special place in the hearts of many, so we want to hear, and listen to, the views of all of you.’’

Dan Tomlinson, Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Realm, said: “We know there’s a growing demand for safer walking and cycling routes in the borough, especially since the start of the pandemic.

“There’s a huge potential to walk and cycle more of our journeys but we need to provide low-traffic routes as road safety concerns discourage active travel.

“I urge all residents and traders to have their say on how we can make Brick Lane safer for residents and visitors.”

Alongside the potential road changes, the council is also investing in improved links to Allen Gardens, new wayfinding signs and refurbishment of the Banglatown Arch.

A public consultation into the proposals runs until Wednesday 14 April.

For more information about the Brick Lane proposals, visit talk.towerhamlets.gov.uk/LSbricklane

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For more information about this release contact the London Borough of Tower Hamlets communications team on 020 7364 4389 or email communications@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Posted on Friday 19th March 2021