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‘The Roman’ march of progress for a new £3m Bow town centre

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 March 2019 | UPDATED: 11:00 06 March 2019

The Roman Road... soon to change in £3.3m new town centre scheme. Picture: Google

The Roman Road... soon to change in £3.3m new town centre scheme. Picture: Google

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The famous Roman Road is getting a revamp in a new £3.3 million Bow town centre scheme.

How Tower Hamlets Council sees Roman Road's future... same angle, wider pavements and a few trees dropped in. Picture: LBTHHow Tower Hamlets Council sees Roman Road's future... same angle, wider pavements and a few trees dropped in. Picture: LBTH

The cash bonanza to spruce up the narrow, run-down thoroughfare was announced last night by the Mayor of London and TfL.

The funding is being given to Tower Hamlets Council as part of City Hall’s ‘liveable neighbourhoods’ programme aimed at raising the proportion of people walking, cycling and taking public transport to eight-out-of-10 by 2041.

“This is an opportunity to improve some of the traffic infrastructure and open spaces in Bow,” Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs said. “It will encourage walking and cycling and help reduce traffic and pollution.”

The scheme tags onto the council’s £15m ‘neighbourhood’ programme across the East End.

Economic benefits of walking and cycling is expected to increase retail spending up to 30 per cent, according to TfL research.

City Hall cash is being used to transform neighbourhoods across London, with new walking and cycling networks, pedestrian crossings and side streets closed to vehicle traffic.

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