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Since the pandemic began, more than 100 colleagues working to keep London’s transport network running have tragically died of coronavirus.
TfL created a memorial to honour and remember all transport workers in the TfL family, not just those employed directly by it. The memorial is designed to be a place where families and friends of those lost can rest, reflect and find solace.
The memorial includes:
- A plaque paying tribute to London’s transport workers
- A flowering foxglove tree
- Two curved benches to allow a sense of enclosure and quiet reflection. The bench design was inspired by that of model railways
This memorial is in addition to the London Blossom Garden that was unveiled in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in May 2021.
The memorial is in Braham Street, an urban park in Aldgate, Central London, E1 8EE.
We chose Braham Street Park because it’s easily accessible by different types of transport, including Aldgate and Aldgate East London Underground stations, Aldgate bus station, and cycling routes.
For those who need to come by car, there are 3 on-street disabled parking spaces nearby on Little Somerset Street. The nearest drop-off and pick-up location is a loading bay on the eastern side of Leman Street to the south of Brahman Street Park, just north of Alie Street.
The park is also well connected to the cycle network, with cycle parking within the park and a Santander Cycle Hire docking station close by on Mansell Street.
The area is very well served by taxis and private hire vehicles which can be hailed or booked in the normal way. It’s also fairly flat and all routes to and from the memorial are step-free for people walking.
Visiting the memorial
As the park is open all day, every day, there will be no restrictions on visiting times. Lighting at the memorial has been improved, so that people can visit at any time.
There are toilets in local food and drink establishments available for visitors to use.
The surrounding areas are available for picnics. There are many other seats and grass areas for people to enjoy. Visitors are asked to use the litter bins in and around the memorial or take their litter with them.
What happens to tributes
The memorial has been designed to allow space for floral tributes to be left around the memorial plinth or under the memorial tree.
All floral tributes will be removed on a regular basis. Cellophane or plastic from floral tributes should be removed before placing them.
- Fixing flowers to any part of the memorial
- Leaving stones, photographs, candles, or other tributes such as soft toys, as these cause clutter. If left, such items will be removed and recycled appropriately
- Adding ribbons or other objects to the trees, tree guards or benches. These can not only make them unsightly, but they can also damage the memorial tree, which is still growing
About the memorial
In 2021, we announced our intention to develop a memorial to all of London’s Transport workers.
In 2022, we secured planning permission for the permanent memorial from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH). Later that year, we began construction which ended in an unveiling for families in April 2023.
The upgrades to the western end of Braham Street Park were funded by TfL and LBTH. The improvements include high quality paving, new seating, litter bins, cycle stands, the removal of dead plants and the creation of a new garden bed behind the memorial.
Many TfL staff and contractors are honoured to have been involved in the creation of this memorial and park space. Our initial designs were also shared with families for their comments. The thinking behind the choice of site and the final design can be found below.