Safer Junctions - East India Dock Road, Canton Street and Birchfield Street

Closed 25 Jul 2019

Opened 12 Jun 2019

Feedback updated 24 Oct 2019

We asked

For your views on our proposed safer junction improvements to East India Dock Road, Canton Street and Birchfield Street.

You said

The proposals still allow for right hand turning traffic to turn in to Canton Street from East India Dock Road.

We did

We have modified the proposal so that the island in the middle of the road is extended, preventing this right turn.

For more information see updated results below.

Results updated 24 Oct 2019

We recently consulted on proposals at the junction at Canton Street, Birchfield Street and East India Dock Road in Tower Hamlets.  

We received 53 responses to the consultation; 46 from members of the public and seven from stakeholders, thank you to those who responded.  

41% people who walk and cycle in the area advised us that the proposals would make them feel safer or much safer when moving around the junction.  

Following the analysis of the comments made, we have made some changes to the proposals:  

  • Extended traffic island west to prevent general traffic from turning right into Canton Street from East India Dock Road and reinforce prohibition
  • Ahead traffic sign was added on Canton Street j/w East India Dock Road to prevent drivers from legally entering Canton Street, then parking and turning round to exit

 We plan to progress with the project, and start construction early in 2020. 

A copy of our consultation report and response to the common issues raised during the consultation can be found below. 

East India Dock Road/Canton Street/Birchfield Street consultation report (PDF 1.23MB)


We would like to know your views on proposals for the junction of Canton Street, Birchfield Street and East India Dock Road, in Tower Hamlets.


Our Safer Junctions programme is reducing road danger at some of the most hazardous junctions in London. These junctions have high collision rates for vulnerable road users, including people walking and cycling. This programme directly contributes to our Vision Zero target to stop people from dying and being seriously injured on London’s road network by 2041. 

The objectives of the Safer Junction programme are to:

  • Reduce road danger and help eliminate Killed and Seriously Injured (KSI) collisions
  • Help create streets where people feel safe to walk, cycle and use public transport
  • Make hostile junctions more welcoming and less dominated by motor vehicles, demonstrating the Healthy Streets Approach  

Why we are consulting

We have identified a number of safety related issues with the current junction arrangement. Eleven personal injury collisions occurred in the three years up to 31 Jan 2018, of which two resulted in serious injuries for a pedestrian and a cyclist.

A number of issues have been identified with the current junction layout:  

  • Poor pedestrian crossing positioning. The formal crossing point over East India Dock Road between Canton Street and Birchfield Street is not located on the route used by the majority of pedestrians , which may encourage people walking to cross in an unsafe place
  • Pedestrian guardrail restricts pedestrian and cyclist movement. Extensive use of guard rails around the junction restricts visibility, pedestrian movement and poses a hazard to cyclists and motorcyclists
  • Difficult for motorists to turn left into Canton Street. Drivers turning left into Canton Street must do so at the last moment due to the length of the bus lane on the approach
  • Difficult for road users to turn right into Birchfield Street. Drivers turning right into Birchfield Street may fail to notice eastbound buses, cyclists and taxis

Our proposals  

We would like your views on the following proposals which aim to reduce these issues.  

  • Help people walking and cycling across the junction by changing the existing staggered crossing to a wide straight across crossing with a countdown facility, shared by pedestrians and cyclists 
  • No entry or exit for general traffic, except for cyclists, between Birchfield Street and East India Dock Road, reallocating space to pedestrians and cyclists and preventing rat-running, access to Birchfield Street would be from West India Dock Road
  • Canton Street would become entry only from East India Dock Road, except for cyclists reallocating space for people walking and cycling and preventing rat-running
  • Bus lane markings will be altered to make it easier for road users to turn left onto Canton Street when travelling eastbound from East India Dock Road and create a continuous bus lane for bus passengers travelling westbound on East India Dock Road

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East India Dock Road/Canton Street/Birchfield Street proposals (PDF 1.17MB)

Next Steps

Following this consultation we will analyse the responses and review the design. We will then seek the necessary powers and, subject to this consultation, are planning to implement this scheme in early 2020.

Healthy Streets

The changes proposed in this scheme are part of our commitment to deliver the Healthy Streets Approach. We are taking this approach to create a vibrant, successful city where the streets are welcoming to all and everyone can live active, healthy lives. The streets within this scheme and the proposed changes have been assessed by our designers against ten Healthy Streets Indicators using our Healthy Streets Check for Designers tool. This tool assesses the layout of streets against thirty one measures which produce an overall Healthy Streets Check score out of 100. We use infographics to show the current score for the streets within this scheme and potential scores based on our proposed changes. The Healthy Streets results can be seen in the diagram below.

East India Dock Road/Canton Street/Birchfield Street Healthy Streets results (PDF 346KB)

Equality Impact assessment

We are subject to the general public sector equality duty set out in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, which requires us to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations by reference to people with protected characteristics. The protected characteristics are: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. 

In considering changes to the design of our streets, we closely consider the needs of all users throughout the design process and complete a draft Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA).  

While the changes we are proposing are broadly positive for all protected groups, the EqIA highlights some negative impacts during construction for some vulnerable groups. This is because during construction the junction and pedestrian crossings could change. We would reduce these impacts as much as possible, with signs for alternative walking routes around the junctions. However, this could cause longer journey times for people during construction. A full copy of the draft EqIA can be found below.

East India Dock Road/Canton Street/Birchfield Street Equality Impact Assessment (PDF 154KB)

We would like your views on the impact the scheme could have on you when you travel through the area. You can let us know by completing the online survey. 

Have your say

We would like to know what you think about our proposals.

Please give us your views by completing the online survey below by Thursday 25 July 2019.

Alternatively, you can:

You can also request paper copies of all the consultation materials and a response form by emailing, or writing to FREEPOST TFL CONSULTATIONS.


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