Newham

Transformation of Stratford town centre begins

22 September 2017 in Mayor and Regeneration
​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.
Left to right Graham Nash, Sean Geraghty from JB Riney,  Sir Robin Wales, Will Norman, Councillor Ken Clark.  

Left to right: Graham Nash, Sean Geraghty from JB Riney, Sir Robin Wales, Will Norman, Councillor Ken Clark.

 
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.
 
Earlier this year, TfL consulted on proposals to change bus services in Stratford to support the transformation of Stratford town centre. The results of this consultation will be published later this year.
 
JB Riney has been appointed by the council to manage the works and work closely with residents and businesses throughout the project to ensure everything runs smoothly.
 
Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, said: “I am excited to see work start on this historic scheme which will create a safer and more attractive town centre for everyone to enjoy. Residents have told us they want to see these changes to improve the safety for everyone – pedestrians, cyclists and drivers alike. This new system will allow for a better flow of traffic and reduce accidents in the area. Once complete, in two years time, the whole area will have a new greener, fresher look and feel as well as being safer for everyone.
 
“With unprecedented investment and the infrastructure in place that we fought for, Stratford is now on its way to becoming London’s fourth business district. These works are essential to ensure the town centre remains a key part of East London’s regeneration, supporting local businesses and cultural venues and encouraging more people to visit and spend time here.”
 
Will Norman, the Mayor of London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: “I’m delighted work is starting on a project that is going to make a real difference to Stratford. These changes will make walking and cycling in the area much easier and safer, significantly improving the local environment and attracting many more people to the town centre. It’s a great example of the type of scheme that we’d like to see right across the capital to help inspire even more Londoners to choose to walk and cycle, improving their health and our air quality.”
 
Graham Nash, Head of Borough Projects and Programmes at TfL, said: “We’re pleased to have worked with Newham Council on this transformative scheme which will see Stratford town centre become more attractive, accessible and people-friendly in line with the Mayor of London’s Healthy Streets Approach. We’d advise people who regularly travel through the area to plan their journeys ahead while this work takes place.”
 
West Ham Lane car park is now closed and will remain so for the duration of the project as the area is being used as a site office and for storage. 
 
More details about the work can be found on the Stratford town centre improvements page.