�5.2m transport makeover for Upton Park and Forest Gate

Upton Park and Forest Gate are to receive an upgrade of over �5.2 million to improve congestion on the roads.

Green Street has been allocated �330,000 to remove a roundabout and zebra crossings to make way for traffic signals and a puffin crossing to improve journey times and safety.

Footways will also be resurfaced, street clutter will be removed and trees will be introduced where possible.

Forest Gate Town Centre is also set for a makeover to the tune of �275,000 to help reduce traffic and improve road, cycling and walking safety and signage while removing old street furniture and planting new trees.

The last project, worth �20,000, will be a borough-wide project to roll out electric vehicle charging points.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “London is undergoing a neo-Victorian level of investment in its transport network.

“Every London borough is receiving money that will directly benefit communities, making London an even better place to live and work.

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“We’ve also cut bureaucracy to make it easier for the boroughs to decide how they want to spend their funding.”

The funding has been allocated by Transport for London through the Local Implementation Plan (LIP) for the borough to spend on projects of its choosing that support the Mayor’s Transport Strategy for safer roads, smoother traffic flow, better cycling facilities and the rejuvenation of town centres.

A notable project his year has also been the �1.3 million revitalisation of East Ham Town Centre to provide better lighting, wider pavements and CCTV cameras.

John Biggs, City and East London Assembly Member, said: “I welcome the �330,000 to improve journey times and safety for all users along Green Street.

“This is one of the busiest shopping streets in east London and improving both travel and the safety of pedestrians will be very welcome.”