TfL opens consultation on proposed improvement to two of London's most dangerous junctions

Public invited to comment on proposed improvements to Tower Bridge Road junction and IMAX roundabout

by Simon_MacMichael   October 23, 2012  

Imax Cinema, Waterloo ©Stephen McKay

Transport for London (TfL) has opened consultation on proposed changes to cycling provision at two locations south of the Thames at Tower Bridge road and Waterloo Bridge in line with its ongoing review of junctions launched at the end of last year.

That review was ordered in the wake of a series of deaths of cyclists in the capital in late 2012, each victim killed by a lorry at a junction.

The location of one of those fatal incidents is one of the junctions now being consulted upon, where Tower Bridge Road meets Abbey Street, where 22-year-old Ellie Carey, originally from Guernsey, died last December.

TfL says: "We’re proposing to ban the left turn from Tower Bridge Road into Abbey Street. This would reduce the potential for conflict between cyclists and left-turning traffic". According to TfL's traffic count less than four vehicles per hour make this turn at peak times.

The ban on turning left would is the first stage of TfL's proposed changes for this junction.  TfL sayd that it is  "also developing proposals for more substantial improvements for cyclists and pedestrians at this junction, including improved pedestrian crossing facilities." These will be put forward for consultation in the New Year.

The first stage proposals can be viewed by following this link, where you can also leave comments.

Ellie's death followed those of Deep Lee at Kings Cross and Brian Dorling and Svitlana Tereschenko at Bow roundabout last autumn.

In the aftermath of the first of those incidents, bloggers Danny Williams of Cyclists in the City and Mark Ames from ibikelondon organised the Tour du Danger to highlight ten of the most dangerous junctions in the city.

One of those, the IMAX roundabout on the south side of Waterloo Bridge, is the other junction now open for consultation.

TfL's proposals for that junction include:

New cycle feeder lanes leading into new longer ASLs, meaning that some sections of the roundabout will have three lanes for all traffic instead of four

Extending footways and traffic islands to reduce traffic speeds and provide more space for pedestrians

Developing proposals for a 20mph speed limit at the roundabout to be introduced in early 2013.

Again, the plans can be seen and commented upon by following this link

In both cases, the consultations are open until 14 November.

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"Consultation" in the legally loosest sense of the word: They commence work after a 7 day consultation, which is the minimum they are legally obligated to have.

Tom Edwards, BBC Londons transport journalist, pointed this out today on twitter:

https://twitter.com/BBCTomEdwards/status/260688694518894592

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posted by zanf [591 posts]
23rd October 2012 - 19:42

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ASL's are a great idea... Haven't actually seen any drivers in London staying out of them though. Without a campaign of enforcement and education they seem pretty pointless to me.

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posted by AlexStriplight [69 posts]
24th October 2012 - 11:01

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These proposals are laugable.

posted by SpamSpamSpam [20 posts]
24th October 2012 - 12:34

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So much for Dutch standard: TFL seem hellbent on throwing cyclists and heavy vehicles and pedestrians in all together and taking no responsibility for the bad feeling it causes between groups, let alone all the near-misses and accidents.

This is just more cyclists-as-human-traffic-calming, and more conflict with frigging taxi drivers who seem not to be able to limit themselves to even 30, let alone 20, yay I can't wait.

The 20mph idea is a good one and I am all for advanced stop boxes but they will need to be enforced, if those in other parts of London are anything to go by.

Consultation my foot.

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posted by sparrow_h [35 posts]
24th October 2012 - 13:31

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