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Liveable Streets

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What would you change about your local area? What would make a difference to you?

The Liveable Streets programme aims to improve the look and feel of public spaces in neighbourhoods across the borough and make it easier, safer, and more convenient to get around by foot, bike and public transport. We also want to reduce people making ‘rat runs’ and shortcuts through residential streets to encourage more sustainable journeys and to improve air quality and road safety.

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We are consulting residents and businesses on proposals to make Barkantine safer, cleaner and greener from 20 January to 19 February 2020.

Bethnal Green

We consulted residents and businesses about the proposals for Liveable Streets in Bethnal Green based on several months of community engagement.

The majority of residents and traders who took part in the consultation backed plans to reduce through-traffic using local roads and encourage walking, cycling and the use of public transport.

Here are the final designs and consultation results for Bethnal Green. Further engagement will take place on the proposals around Columbia Road with work is set to begin on improvements in May 2020, subject to Mayoral approval.


After receiving more than 1,000 suggestions, we have held workshops in Bow to hear from residents and businesses about their views on how we can improve streets. Further proposals will be shared in 2020.

Brick Lane

We want to hear from residents and businesses about their ideas to make Brick Lane and surrounding streets better places to visit, live and work in.

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We will be reaching out to residents and businesses from February 2020 to hear their ideas to make walking, cycling and public transport access easier and safer in Shadwell.


Based on suggestions and discussions with the community, we shared proposals to make it easier and safer to get around in Wapping. Final designs and implementation plans will be confirmed in early 2020.

How will the programme be delivered?

The Liveable Streets programme will be delivered over four years. Work in each of the 17 areas will take approximately 12 months from initiation to the start of construction.

In each area we will be asking the local community for their suggestions for improvements. Draft concept designs will be created based on this feedback and discussed with residents, designers and council staff. We will then create design proposals which will be presented to the community for comment before construction.

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Which areas are in the programme?

Seventeen areas across the borough have been identified for development. These areas have been chosen as they have not received recent substantial funding and improvements. The areas cover approximately 60 per cent of the borough.

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If you have any further questions regarding the Liveable Streets programme, or would like to email your comments and suggestions to us, please feel free to contact the team directly on Liveablestreets@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Play Streets 

To help all our residents live healthier and happier lives, particularly the youngest in our borough, we've made it possible to apply to close a street for a short time to let children play.

Find out more here