We are working with the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham and the London Legacy Development Corporation to enhance the transport links and public realm at Bromley-by-Bow and Marshgate Lane. The proposals would make it easier for people to cross both the A12 and Stratford High Street by providing new or upgraded pedestrian and cycle facilities, improving access for vehicles, enabling new bus routings, encouraging more walking and cycling, and connecting local communities and new developments in the surrounding area.
What are we proposing?
We would like your views on our initial ideas to change the road layout at Bromley-by-Bow and Marshgate Lane.
Two signalised junctions on the A12, to the north of Bromley-by-Bow station, would provide access to proposed residential and commercial development to the east of the A12
Vehicles travelling northbound on the A12 would be able to turn right to access these new developments directly, without having to make a u-turn at Bow roundabout
A bus-only link across the A12 would connect Bromley-by-Bow and new developments to the east
Signalised crossings, replacing the existing subway at Three Mill Lane, and improvements to the subway at Bromley-by-Bow station would make crossing the A12 easier and more accessible for pedestrians and cyclists
The proposals would also give west Bromley-by-Bow better links to the open space around the River Lea, the Lea River Park & Leaway, and the Three Mills historic buildings and park
A segregated cycle track on the east side of the A12 would help improve access to the local cycle network, including the Lea Valley Towpath and Cycle Superhighway 2
A new link road, connecting Marshgate Lane with Sugarhouse Lane and creating a four-arm junction with A118 Stratford High Street, would allow buses, cyclists and pedestrians to cross the Bow Back River via a new bridge, improving access to Pudding Mill Lane station and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Enabling future bus changes
In addition to making the area more accessible for pedestrians and cyclists, the proposals for Bromley-by-Bow and Marshgate Lane would enable the creation of a new bus link. This would run from the west of the A12 at Bromley-by-Bow, through new developments either side of the River Lea, and north to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Any potential changes to bus routes in the area would be subject to a future and separate consultation.
Should we decide to take the proposals forward to the next stage of design, we would undertake traffic modelling to understand any potential effects of the changes, and summarises the results as part of a further stage of consultation on detailed proposals.
Why are we proposing this?
Bow and the wider area are changing. Local regeneration, growth in housing and the legacy development of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park are all expected to contribute to changing demands on the transport network. Our key aims for the area are:
Making the A12 Blackwall Tunnel Northern Approach easier to cross. People prefer being able to cross streets at their convenience. Fast-moving or heavy traffic can make this difficult
Supporting growth and local businesses by providing better access to new developments, encouraging more walking and cycling, and connecting communities
Creating a more liveable place. People are more likely to use our streets when their journey is interesting and stimulating, with attractive views, buildings, planting, and where other people are using the street
In spring 2015 we consulted on improvements to make it easier for pedestrians to cross Bow Interchange safely and provide a new area of public space. Seven new signalised crossings, including two pedestrian/cycle crossings, were opened in June 2016, improving connectivity between Bow and Stratford. You can find more information on the 2015 consultation at: tfl.gov.uk/roads/bow-vision
We have looked at further options to redesign Bow Interchange and remove both the roundabout and flyover, giving pedestrians and cyclists more direct access to facilities. However, we have now deferred development of this scheme until we can identify the significant funding required to take the plans forward.
We will be holding the following public exhibitions, where you can view the proposals, speak to members of the project team and submit your response to the consultation:
Kingsley Hall, Powis Road, London E3 3HJ
Saturday 8 April, 1200-1600
Thursday 20 April, 1600-2000
The Vision for Bow and the Healthy Streets Approach
The pedestrian improvements at Bow Interchange were delivered as part of the Vision for Bow: a place which all road users, passing through, find accessible, safe and connected. You can find more information on the Vision for Bow at tfl.gov.uk/roads/bow-vision
Announced in February 2017, the Healthy Streets Approach incorporates the objectives and principles of the Vision for Bow. We will therefore deliver the proposals at Bromley-by-Bow and Marshgate Lane as part of this approach, which sets out a long-term plan for improving Londoners’ and visitors’ experiences of our streets, helping everyone to be more active and enjoy the health benefits of being on our streets. You can find more information on the Healthy Streets Approach at tfl.gov.uk/healthy-streets
Other developments in the Bow area
The overview map above includes proposals for road layout changes in the Bow area that would be delivered by organisations other than Transport for London. We have included these to show how our proposals fit in to the wider regeneration of the Bow area. These changes are included in the Bromley-by-Bow and Pudding Mill Supplementary Planning Documents, which were consulted on by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) in winter 2016. Details of these consultations can be found below.