Tower Hamlets

Streetspace for London

We are working with your borough to widen pavements at town centres and transport hubs, create temporary cycle routes on our transport network and create low traffic neighbourhoods.

We are also introducing temporary measures for Cycleway 4 between Tower Hill and Greenwich sooner so Londoners can benefit from them more quickly.

The Green Man Authority

We've updated traffic lights at pedestrian crossings so pedestrians will see a continuous green man signal unless a vehicle is approaching. In that case, the red man will appear.

This initiative, unique to the UK, is part of our wider Streetspace for London programme. 

The Green Man Authority technique has been installed in Tower Hamlets at:

  • Marsh Wall by Thames Quay Building
  • Devons Road by Devons Road DLR

Latest changes to travel

There are temporary changes to travel in London while we work on supporting the restart of the Capital including:

Consultation on operating hours of bus lanes in London 

As part of London Streetspace programme, we're proposing to trial changes to the operating hours of more than 80 kilometres of bus lanes across London to make bus journeys faster and more reliable. 

We want to make sure that people choosing to travel on the bus network have the safest, quickest and most reliable journey at all times of the day. Proposals follow recent extensions to bus lane hours that have seen improvements to speeds and reliability.  

The trial of 24/7 bus lanes is planned to be in place for at least six months to ensure we have enough time to properly monitor the effectiveness of the trial and any impacts. Find out more and share your views at any time online or by emailing  

Funding for your borough

We provide funding to boroughs and local communities for transport improvements in your local area.

Local Implementation Plan (LIP)

The LIP is produced by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and agreed with us. It sets out the details on transport infrastructure changes in a three-year period to support the Mayor's Transport Strategy.

The LIP funding stream provided by TfL to help our partners in the boroughs and the City of London has been paused while we focus on measures to increase walking and cycling and to ensure social distancing on our network.

Find out more about LIP funding.

LIP targets for Tower Hamlets

Each borough has set targets in their LIP against the Mayor's Transport Strategy outcomes - we track and report on progress against these targets in the LIP3 MTS outcomes borough data pack.

For example, the car ownership in the borough was 46,694 in 2017. The LIP target to reduce car ownership by 2021 is 41,400.

Residents in Tower Hamlets made an average of 545,000 trips each day between 2015 and 2018 by:

  • Car and motorcycle: 18%
  • Tube/DLR: 19%
  • National Rail and London Overground: 3%
  • Bus/Tram: 15%
  • Taxi/Other: 2%
  • Cycle: 4%
  • Walking: 39%

We also work with boroughs to encourage more cycling. We recorded 24,521 daily cycle trips on average starting in Tower Hamlets between 2015 and 2018.

More resident and visitor population figures are on the GLA website.

Vision Zero

We are working with boroughs to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries from all road collisions to zero by 2041. They are responsible for enforcing safe speeds on their roads, as well as leading community programmes to encourage using roads safely. Find out more about Vision Zero.


In 2017 there were 187 individuals killed or seriously injured in Tower Hamlets. Our target for 2022 is to reduce this number to 45.

Find out more about collisions in your borough.

 Our collision database, COLLSTATS, is now available as a self-service tool for borough officers and the Metropolitan Police. It allows site specific, borough or London wide collision searches to be made to the most recent validated police data that is available. For access to this database please email


What we're working on in Tower Hamlets

Work now going on in your borough includes:

  • A13 Commercial Road - safety improvements between New Road and Jubilee Street would reduce danger for vulnerable road users and encourage walking and cycling
  • Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf crossing - a new river crossing would allow people walking and cycling to cross safely
  • Replacement DLR trains - we're buying a new fleet of walkthrough DLR trains
  • Healthy High Streets - Whitechapel High Street improvements include better lighting along the market, new stall coverings, wayfinding signs, enhanced seating and investigating the repair of the existing water fountain by the station. We have already made signage and parking bay regulations for loading and unloading clearer and more enforceable to help blue badge holders park in these bays

Bus network changes

From time to time - after consulting the public - we alter bus routes to reflect changing patterns in demand. We also make temporary changes, often because of road works. See the latest bus changes.

Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)

To improve air quality the ULEZ will extend to Tower Hamlets from October 2021.

Our assets in Tower Hamlets

Assets we maintain in your borough include:

  • Nine Tube stations
  • Two Elizabeth line stations
  • Five London Overground stations
  • 17 DLR stations
  • Around 430 bus stops - see all 34 day bus routes in Tower Hamlets
  • One bus station
  • One coach station
  • One TfL pier (Tower)
  • Cycle Superhighway 2 which runs from Stratford to Aldgate
  • Three taxi ranks
  • Around 240 traffic signals
  • Over 27 kilometres of red routes

See a map of our assets in London.

We maintain our assets until they need to be renewed or disposed of as set out in our asset management plan. We do this by:

  • Servicing them regularly to keep them operational
  • Repairing or replacing faulty assets

Report a problem on a London street with our Streetcare tool.

We do not maintain in Tower Hamlets:

Report private hire vehicles (PHVs) parked on ranks or unattended taxis on ranks directly to us.

Dealing with severe weather

For documents relating to winter service in the boroughs, go to the Streets publications page.