As you may have heard, TfL recently released news that it will be investing £3.3million in Tower Hamlets Council to improve the traffic infrastructure, pathways, and greenery in Roman Road as part of the Liveable Neighbourhoods programme and Mayor’s Transport Strategy.
The aim is to increase pedestrian, cycle, and public transport access to reduce congestion and traffic on Roman Road. Plans include a one-way system to tackle the high levels of pollution and a transformation of Roman Road Car Park. Roman Road is often highly congested with commuters using the high street and its surrounding residential streets to access the A12.
The Liveable Neighbourhoods programme is an investment into councils across London, and aims to reduce car trips and make neighbourhoods more-suited for walking, cycling and public transport.
Pollution levels in Tower Hamlets have been brought to our attention through pollution mapping and a recent petition to ‘Declare a Climate Emergency and become carbon neutral by 2025.’
The plans also come at a time when Roman Road Trust has been working towards bringing together the many local organisations, groups, and initiatives that are environmentally focused to create a shared common vision for a “Liveable, healthy Roman Road.” There will be an event to launch this initiative on Saturday 27th July, 2019.
Last year Roman Road Trust conducted a Shopping & Transport survey with Roman Road businesses and shoppers to gain an understanding of how our shopping and transport habits impact the local economy. The results of the surveys are now available. View business results and view visitor results.
Roman Road has a very strong environmental community with a range of green projects, spaces, and initiatives already taking place. Roman Road Trust believes TfL’s plans have arrived at a time when local community groups are keen to see environmental improvements to the high street.
Tower Hamlets Council are holding consultation sessions to develop a Transport Strategy for the future with input from stakeholders and partners. Roman Road Trust attended the Transport Strategy Summit and will continue to attend future meetings.
Roman Road Trust has received many enquiries about the proposal. We will continue to work closely with residents, businesses, and community groups to ensure that plans for Roman Road are in the best interests of those who live, work, and visit our neighbourhood.