Newham Council has proposed changes to the one-way traffic system around the Stratford Mall (including the Broadway and Great Eastern Road), including the introduction of two-way traffic flows.
The council’s aim is to reduce accidents in the area and “encourage more people to visit the Broadway, High Street and Cultural Quarter” to support local businesses and venues.
The information available online is relatively limited and vague, proposing:
- a two-way traffic system and road calming measures like 20mph limits
- upgrading the existing cycle tracks making them more distinct
- improving shared pedestrian and cycle spaces
- widen the pedestrian crossing at Meridian Square
- move other intersections to “where pedestrians prefer to cross”
- resurface pavements, “removing old street furniture and introducing new landscaping”
- enhancements to the ‘public areas’ around St John’s Church and the Theatre Square
So far, we’re quite excited by these proposals – which look like they might resolve many of the issues we’ve had with the shared pavement/cycle paths, although cyclists will still have to fend for themselves in certain quarters. The resurfacing of pavements and improvements to traffic crossings are also very welcome – some paths in Stratford remain uneven or steep, which can be difficult for those with mobility issues, or prams.
Our highlights from the details specified on the proposals map include:
An additional ‘Quiet way’ cycle route (for families and less confident cyclists) along Theatre Square.
Relocating the station taxi rank from tucked away the other side of Westfield stairs to the behind the bus station, so access is improved – brilliant for those of us who are less mobile! – and taxis are easier for visitors to find.
Coaches have also been relocated from both sides of the shopping centre, to Montfichet Road, near the station’s Westfield exit.
The former rank and coach stop on Great Eastern Road will become a pick up/drop off zone.
The main concerns are the execution of changes from a one-way ring road to a two-way traffic flow. Apparently local residents and businesses will be kept informed as the project progresses.
We’ll add more information as/when we get it.
Alternatively, the Council is holding public information events in November, and hopefully more detailed displays of the proposals will be available at Stratford, Plaistow and Forest Gate libraries until 28 November.
Construction is proposed to be completed in phases, starting in summer 2017. Based on current projections, completion is estimated for spring 2019.
Update: Newham Cyclists and the London Cycling Campaign have both published their responses to the proposals, and residents have pointed out that there is a gap between the works featured in this proposal and the works on Maryland point – raising concerns there might be issues if the cycle paths aren’t continued. Stratford has had problems with cycle paths that just stop before, so if you are a cyclist you might want to look at that as an area for feedback.
Deadline is 28 November, so please respond here, if you haven’t already.