A pioneering project from Newham Council in partnership with Transport for London (TfL) to transform Stratford town centre and make it safer for all, has now started work on site.
A ground-breaking ceremony in Theatre Square marked the start of the work. The ceremony was attended by Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, Dr Will Norman, the Mayor of London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner and Graham Nash, TfL’s Head of Borough Projects and Programmes.
The improvement plans have been developed by Newham Council over the last two years, in consultation with residents and local businesses. The work will be carried out in stages from September 2017 until spring 2019, so the town centre can be accessed at all times.
Once complete, the work will see the current one-way system replaced with two-way traffic and separate cycle lanes around Stratford Centre. Pavements will be widened and there will be new public spaces with trees and plants.
Some areas will see improvements completed much sooner such as new greenery and seating areas for both residents and shoppers to enjoy.
Works have now started on Great Eastern Road and Broadway and will include new road crossings and signals for both pedestrians and cyclists, in places where people have indicated they would prefer to cross.
Some new lighting and pavements are expected to be in place as soon as the end of October, complementing the improvements made as part of Mayor Sir Robin Wales’ £100m investment in Newham’s highways.