Update - 27 July 2015
We received a total of 174 responses to the consultation on pedestrian improvements at Bow Interchange, of which 86 per cent supported or partially supported our proposals. Supporters felt the proposals would improve pedestrian safety at the interchange, although some requested more or different pedestrian and cycling provision.
After considering all responses, we intend to proceed with the Bow Vision Interim scheme to construction, with no significant changes to the proposals consulted on.
Click here for the Bow Vision Interim Response to Consultation report (PDF)
Construction on the Bow Vision Interim scheme is planned to begin later in 2015 and finish in summer 2016. To minimise the impact of construction and works traffic on Bow and the surrounding area, the work will be coordinated with the ongoing CS2 upgrade works and the developer-led scheme to signalise the junction of Stratford High Street and Sugar House Lane. We will write to residents and road user groups in advance of construction work, as well as all respondents to this consultation who provided contact details.
The Vision for Bow
In partnership with the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham, we are planning to deliver the Vision for Bow: a place which all road users, passing through, find accessible, safe and connected.
Over the next year we will continue to develop schemes for Bow Interchange and the wider Bow area as part of the Bow Vision Programme.
We will issue further updates as our plans develop, with further consultation on the Bow Vision Programme planned for 2016.
Details of the original consultation are included below:
Transport for London (TfL) is working hard to ensure the Capital's vital road network remains maintained and in good condition for all road users. As part of our Road Modernisation Plan we are reviewing junctions and gyratories across London to make them safer for all road users, including pedestrians. This is part of a £4 billion investment into the Capital’s road network, which will make our roads safer and journey times more reliable.
Computer generated image of Bow Interchange (looking west)
What we proposed?
As part of this programme, TfL is working with the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham to deliver the Vision for Bow: a place which all road users, passing through, find accessible, safe and connected.
While work continues on the longer-term Bow Vision programme, we developed the Bow Vision Interim scheme. These proposals would make it easier for pedestrians to cross Bow Interchange safely and would create a new area of public space.
Following this consultation, construction on on the Bow Vision Interim scheme is planned to begin later in 2015 and is expected to finish in summer 2016.
Why are we proposing this?
Bow Interchange in east London is the intersection of the A12 Blackwall Tunnel Northern Approach, A11 Bow Road and A118 High Street Stratford. Bow Interchange sits below the A118 Bow Flyover, and above the River Lea and the floating towpath.
Click here for a larger version of the Bow Vision overview map (PDF)
The changing nature of the local area, with continuing regeneration, growth in housing, and the legacy development of the Olympic Park, are all expected to contribute to changing demands on the transport network in and around Bow Interchange. The Vision for Bow is our plan to directly address this, and would deliver significant improvements for all road users.
Making it easier for pedestrians to cross the road safely is a key part of the Vision for Bow. Therefore, ahead of the long-term Bow Vision programme, the Bow Vision Interim scheme would introduce signalised pedestrian crossings at Bow Interchange to meet existing pedestrian demand.
The scheme would help to reduce the barrier created by the flyover and roundabout and improve connectivity between Bow and Stratford - two distinct areas spanning the borough boundary between Tower Hamlets and Newham. It would provide a new area of public space that is fully integrated with the north-south pedestrian and cycle link offered by the River Lea towpath.
Proposed road layout changes
New signalised pedestrian crossings linking Stratford High Street and Bow Road; unsignalised pedestrian crossings removed
We would install new signalised pedestrian crossings to link Stratford High Street and Bow Road via the roundabout traffic island
The westbound cycle ‘early-start’ facility on Stratford High Street would be repositioned to make space for the new pedestrian crossing. The length of the cycle ‘early-start’ facility would remain 18 metres
We would remove the unsignalised pedestrian crossings on the Blackwall Tunnel Northern Approach slip roads
Click here for a larger version of the Bow Vision Interim Scheme map (PDF)
New signalised pedestrian crossings on Bow Road; eastbound cycle ‘early-start’ facility lengthened
We would install new signalised crossings to allow pedestrians to cross Bow Road
The eastbound cycle ‘early-start’ facility on Bow Road would be repositioned to make space for the new pedestrian crossing and redesigned similar to the layout of the westbound cycle ‘early-start’ facility on Stratford High Street. The length of the cycle ‘early-start’ facility would be increased to 18 metres
New signalised pedestrian and cycle crossings on Stratford High Street, and improved access to the River Lea towpath
We would install new signalised crossings to allow pedestrians and cyclists to cross Stratford High Street
These crossings would provide a connection for cyclists between Cycle Superhighway Route 2 westbound and the River Lea towpath
Existing traffic islands on Stratford High Street merged into one large kerbed island; eastbound contraflow lane removed
Merging the existing traffic islands and removing the eastbound contraflow lane would create a new area of public space
This new island would be shared by pedestrians and cyclists to enable cyclists to cross Stratford High Street to access the towpath
Bow Roundabout kerbline cut back to widen carriageway
Part of the kerbline on the southern side of the roundabout traffic island would be cut back to widen the carriageway
This would ensure that sufficient space is maintained for vehicles using the new roundabout layout
What other benefits would the proposals bring?
Improved urban realm spaces and pedestrian wayfinding
We would resurface the traffic islands and install new lighting to improve the quality of the pedestrian environment and encourage pedestrians and cyclists to use the dedicated signalised crossings
The southern planter on the roundabout central island would be adjusted to improve pedestrian accessibility
We would install Legible London signs to provide pedestrians with maps of the local area and other wayfinding information. Additional signage would be attached to the flyover columns, providing simple and clear directions
Cycle hub installation
We are investigating whether it would be possible to install a cycle hub within the shared space. The hub would provide visiting cyclists with equipment such as a repair stand, cycle pump and cycle stands
How would the proposals affect other road users?
We expect some delays to general traffic and bus passengers during construction, and our analysis shows the proposals would result in changes, both positive and negative, to journey times for general traffic and bus passengers once complete.
To help reduce the impact of this scheme and others, TfL is developing wider traffic-management plans, which include investing in advanced traffic signal technology to allow us to better manage traffic depending on differing conditions at any given time. We also plan to improve road user information, so people can make informed journey choices before they travel.
Please click here for the predicted changes to journey times calculated from our traffic models.
The Vision for Bow
In partnership with the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham, we are committed to delivering the Vision for Bow: a place which all road users, passing through, find accessible, safe and connected.
Over the next year we will continue to develop plans to implement the following changes:
We will be looking at options that redesign the junction and remove the roundabout in order to provide more direct and straightforward facilities for pedestrians and cyclists
We will be investigating the removal of Bow Flyover in order to provide additional pedestrian crossings on Bow Road and Stratford High Street
We will be exploring ways to improve the urban environment that reflect the characteristics of the local area
The wider Bow Area
We will be looking at options to improve access from Stratford High Street and the A12 Blackwall Tunnel Northern Approach to new developments, provide signalised crossings for pedestrians and cyclists, and enable us to extend the bus network through new communities
We will be investigating other ways to improve pedestrian and cycle connections across the A12 without any impact on traffic, such as improving existing subways and providing a new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists
We will issue further updates as our plans develop, with further consultation on the Vision for Bow planned for next year.
Working with the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham
These proposals have been developed with the involvement of the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham, who assisted in evaluating options but did not formally agree the proposals, and have responded to this consultation.