Bow town centre set for £3.3 million transformation

The Mayor of London has announced a new £3.3m fund to regenerate Bow town centre, including the historic Roman Road.Tower Hamlets placed a successful bid to transform the Bow area, which includes better traffic management, new outdoor spaces, and more cycle and transport facilities.

Bow has been allocated the £3.3m fund as part of the capital’s multi-million pound Liveable Neighbourhoods programme, organised by Sadiq Khan and Transport for London.The scheme aims to cut down the damaging impact of air pollution, while pledging to increase the proportion of people walking, cycling and taking public transport to 80% by 2041.

This is why we’re investing £53m to create Liveable Neighbourhoods across 11 boroughs, creating new public spaces, reducing road danger and air pollution.The Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said his ambition is “to create an attractive and vibrant borough for people to live, work and visit.”

“This successful bid is a great opportunity to radically improve some of the traffic infrastructure and open spaces in Bow. It will encourage walking and cycling and help reduce traffic and air pollution.“It complements my £15m ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ programme, which will be delivered across the borough in the next four years.”

Part of the fund will be allocated to Bow’s historic Roman Road, where a bustling market already thrives, but this complicates traffic. The fund will prioritise pedestrian and cycle routes.

Councillor David Edgar, Cabinet Member for Environment said: “We want Tower Hamlets to become one of the most cycle and pedestrian friendly boroughs in London.“I’m delighted our bid to TfL was successful which will mean additional investment to create a cleaner and greener Bow.”

What do local residents think?

Bow resident and charity worker, Esme Moore, said: “I’m glad to see the council and the Mayor of London recognise Bow as an area that needs renovation.

“There really are no outdoor spaces to enjoy, we usually have to go to Hackney’s Victoria Park or the Olympic Park in Stratford. It will be nice to make the most of our own area.”Another resident, Peter Manning, said £3.3m doesn’t seem enough.

“With London prices, £3m is enough to buy a five bedroom property, not quite enough to ‘transform’ a whole town centre.“However, I am a cyclist myself, so I welcome any changes to the cycle routes near where I live.”

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