Stratford town centre switches to two-way traffic
PUBLISHED: 14:33 14 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:33 14 September 2018
The transformation of Stratford town centre has taken a major step forward with a change from one-way to two-way traffic.
The change, which will come into effect on Monday, will affect those using the Broadway.
Great Eastern Road and The Grove will remain one-way but are expected to switch to two-way later this year.
New road crossings and signals have been put in place for both pedestrians and cyclists, with pavements widened and new trees planted.
The work also includes major upgrades to the cycle superhighway, with new segregated lanes along the former gyratory system, including the Broadway and Great Eastern Road.
There will also be new cycle crossings at the junction of Angel Lane and Great Eastern Road, and The Grove and Romford Road, as well as bus stop bypasses along the route.
These are set to significantly reduce road danger by keeping cyclists separated from motor vehicles.
Councillor Rachel Tripp, cabinet member for the environment and highways, said: “I am happy to see this historic change to Stratford town centre take shape.
“The one-way system was frustrating for many residents and this change will make it easier and safer for pedestrians and cyclists to make their way around Stratford and reduce collisions.”
She added: “Stratford is a key player in the regeneration of east London and this work will also help integrate the town centre with the rest of E15.
“The Broadway already looks brighter and greener already, complementing the diverse range of businesses located here.
“With more and more visitors – both local and from further afield – drawn to the area for its exciting shops, markets and other cultural attractions, it is important that they are kept safe on our streets, particularly when they are choosing to walk or cycle.”
Work on the scheme started in September last year and the whole project is expected to be complete by spring 2019.
The work has been carried out by Newham Council, in partnership with Transport for London, in stages so the town centre could be accessed at all times.
New lighting and artwork has also been installed in a bid to make the area more attractive.