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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.

Join the mailing list to receive the latest updates from the project team and visit Talk Tower Hamlets to share your views.


We consulted with residents and businesses on proposals to make Barkantine safer, cleaner and greener in January and February 2020. The outcome and final designs will be confirmed later in 2020. Find out more on the Let's Talk Tower Hamlets page.

Bethnal Green

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

Work is set to begin on improvements in Old Bethnal Green Road in June 2020.

During the works, there will be no through-route for motor vehicles between the junctions of Clarkson Street and Temple Street. Pedestrians, emergency vehicles and cyclists will still have access.

There will be further engagement on the design of changes in Arnold Circus and Barnet Grove. Visit the Talk Tower Hamlets page for the latest updates.


After receiving more than 1,000 suggestions, we held workshops in Bow to hear from the community about their views on how we can improve streets.

A consultation on proposals to make streets safer for walking and cycling took place in July 2020 on our Let's Talk Tower Hamlets page. We have also written to residents and traders in the area to hear their feedback. Join the mailing list to receive the latest updates from the project team. 

Brick Lane

After receiving hundreds of suggestions, we have held workshops in Brick Lane to hear from residents and businesses about their views on how we can improve streets.

A temporary measure to enable social distancing and outdoor dining has been introduced and feedback will be gathered before sharing further proposals will be shared in 2020.

Old Ford Road West

We spoke to residents and businesses in Bethnal Green to hear their ideas to make walking, cycling and public transport access easier and safer

Online co-design workshops were held in July and September to discuss potential design concepts before a public consultation later this year.

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We spoke to residents and businesses to hear their ideas to make walking, cycling and public transport access easier and safer in Shadwell.

Online co-design workshops will be held in September to discuss potential proposals.

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Based on suggestions and discussions with the community, we shared proposals to make it easier and safer to get around in Wapping.

Following a public consultation, work will begin on implementing improvements later this year subject to Mayoral approval.

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.

Join the mailing list to receive the latest updates from the project team. 

Which areas are in the programme?

17 areas across the borough have been identified for development. These were 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 on the Play Streets page.

School Streets 

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets has also committed to delivering 50 School Streets by 2022. We want to create areas where children can safely walk or wheel to and from school. Find out more on the School Streets page.