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Stratford town centre improvements

We are working with Transport for London to transform Stratford town centre. This will include introducing two-way traffic around the Stratford Centre, improving bus services, and providing better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. 

On this page you can find out about our proposed improvements, and how you can get involved.
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What is happening

We have created a short video that takes you around Stratford town centre. It shows you where we are proposing to make changes, and what the changes will look like.

Changes to the one-way traffic system will allow for a better flow of traffic and reduce accidents in the area. It will also create a safer and more attractive town centre for everyone to enjoy.
 
Our plans aim to encourage people to spend more time in the town centre, enjoy everything it has to offer, and support local businesses and cultural venues.
 
As part of the plans, we want to:
  • introduce a two-way traffic ​system and road calming measures to reduce speeds
  • create separate cycle tracks to encourage more people to cycle through Stratford
  • widen the pedestrian crossing at Meridian Square and move other crossings to locations where pedestrians prefer to cross
  • improve the appearance of streets by resurfacing pavements, removing old street furniture and introducing new landscaping
  • enhance the public area near Theatre Square and St John’s Church. 

Artist's impressions of what the changes will look like

Artist's impression of proposed improvements on the Broadway

Artist's impression of proposed improvements on Great Eastern Road, near the main entrance to the Stratford Centre

 

Artist's impression of proposed improvements to The Grove

 

Artist's impression of proposed improvements to Theatre Square

 

Artist's impression of proposed improvements to West Ham Lane

 

Where we are with works

In late August we removed traffic signals and placed them in temporary barrels. This prepared the site for the first phase of construction works that started in mid September.

Following the start of construction in September a number of areas currently have work taking place:
  • Phase 1 - Broadway heading towards the High Street. Great Eastern Road junction with Angel Lane heading towards The Grove (this section of work is complete).
  • Phase 2 - Broadway junction with Tramway Avenue.
We apologise for any inconvenience the works may cause and we are continuously assessing the works to minimise disruption for all road users. If you have any questions or concerns regarding construction please contact our Public Liaison Officer, James Lodge, on 07977 992 033 or email James.lodge@jbriney.co.uk.

For more information on the location and timescales of works see the phasing plans below (note: some dates are subject to change).

Phasing plans 1 and 2 (PDF)Phasing plans 3 (PDF) Phasing plans 4 (PDF)
Phasing plans 5 (PDF)
Phasing plans 6 (PDF)​

We aim to complete the improvements by spring 2019.
 

 

Involving the community and key stakeholders

In collaboration with Discover Children's Story Centre, West Ham Church of
England Primary School and Carpenters Primary School, we created
videos about improvements to the town centre and construction works.
Watch the children’s first video of Stratford town centre
Watch the children's second video of Stratford town centre
As part of the introduction of two-way traffic movement in Stratford town centre, Transport for London (TfL) has reviewed all bus routes that serve the town centre. TfL held a separate consultation in summer 2017 on changes to bus routes. For more information visit the TfL website.

 

Find out more about the project

Email us at StratfordGyratory@newham.gov.uk if you would like to receive our regular e-bulletins on the project and find out about our public events.
 

History of the one-way traffic system

The Stratford one-way traffic system was originally introduced in 1967 (along with the Bow flyover) to carry traffic from London to and from Essex (old A12).
 
However with the completion of the 'East Cross Route' from Hackney to Blackwall (new A12) in 1973 it became partially obsolete. And it is now fully obsolete since the completion of the Woodford Bypass in 1992 which linked the A12 in Hackney to the M11.
 
With it no longer needed for its intended traffic function, there is now an opportunity to look at what is needed in the town centre.
 

Stratford Broadway circa 1898

Historic photo of Broadway Lane c1898. Image provided by Newham Archives and Local Studies Library.

 
 

News and updates

Taxi rank works are now complete and the existing taxis in Meridian Square have relocated to outside Stratford Station. The existing taxi rank in Meridian
Square has hoarding in place to make way for new developments. The
relocation of taxis to outside the station will mean it will be more accessible, particularly for mobility impaired.

In partnership with Stratford Original Business Improvement District the
introduction of artwork to the facades along the Broadway was commissioned.
Lighting around the artwork will be going in shortly. This work was commissioned to uplift the look and feel of the area and complement the wider Stratford Town Centre Improvement works.

New planting and trees have been installed in Salway Place junction with Great
Eastern Road. More planting and trees will be installed as we progress with the
works.

The Railway Tree has now been taken away for refurbishment and will be
reinstalled next year in its new location, not too far from where it used to sit.
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