Issues

This section lists issues - problems on the street network and related matters.

Issues always relate to some geographical location, whether very local or perhaps city-wide.

You can create a new issue using the button on the right.

Listed issues, most recent first, limited to the area of Southwark Cyclists:

  • Oxford Street plans: Chance to fix Marble Arch bike lanes

    Created by nix // 1 thread

    The bike lanes across Marble Arch have long been chaotic and poorly marked. Confusion has been increased by the hurried COVID additions. I have found taking my 14 year old to practice learning to ride on North Carriage Drive scary.

    I have heard our Chair  despair on the subject before.

    Specifically there are no clearly marked lanes on the Marble Arch island, through an area mobbed in Summer with visitors, and with a table tennis table on the intuitive route. But a chance has emerged - see below. Link via Westminster web-site to oxfordst@westminster.gov.uk.

    Views are sought to "stakeholderteam@murphycareyjv.co.uk by Friday 19 February 

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  • 2-way Cycle Tracks - do cyclists use them in the contraflow direction?

    Created by Bruce Lynn // 2 threads

    Observations on the recently opened Cycleway 4 in South London indicate that 25% of cyclists choose NOT to use it in the contraflow direction. This is consistent with the view of many cyclists that it is better to be on the "correct" side of the road.  A short report of the counts on CW4 is at

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RONkTFVNwjOZgjpeTdxw_W06R08d9h9_/view?usp=sharing

    I would be interested if anyone else has similar findings. and in general how people feel about 2-way tracks.  TfL seem to like them (use a bit less space, a little cheaper). But if they are significantly less likely to be used than two 1-way tracks, this information might get us better designs.

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  • Walworth - Covid-19 Experimental Travel Measures

    Created by James London Cyclist // 0 threads

    Southwark is committed to quickly rolling out schemes to make travel safe and healthy as lockdown eases, in line with government guidance on the Covid-19 response. Walworth has been identified as a priority area.

    We are installing experimental measures below to create a low-traffic neighbourhood and re-purpose the street space for the pedestrians, cyclists, the local community and businesses:

    - Permeable closures (these are streets closed to motor vehicles but open to pedestrians and cyclists) on: Larcom Street, Browning Street, Merrow Street, Amelia Street, Alberta Street, Iliffe Street, Penton Place, Chapter Road, Cooks Road, Blackwood Street and Walworth Place.

    - Introducing a bus gate on Carter Street and Manor Place.

    - Footway widening on Braganza Street and Carter Street.

    - Introducing a one-way system on Braganza Street Westbound only, and reversing the one-way system on Chapter Road to Northbound only.

    We want to hear from you about the effects of these measures.

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  • East Dulwich - Covid-19 Experimental Travel Measures

    Created by James London Cyclist // 0 threads

    Southwark is committed to quickly rolling out schemes to make travel safe and healthy as lockdown eases. The East Dulwich are has been identified as a priority.

    On the 30 June we installed Phase 1 of the East Dulwich Streetspace measures, which is a permeable road closure (a closure to all motor vehicles but not to cycles or pedestrians) on Melbourne Grove, south of Tell Grove.

    The East Dulwich Streetspace Phase 2 measures will be installed on 3rd September. Details of these are below and aim to re-purpose the street space for pedestrians, cyclists and the local community:

    • a permeable closure using planters (a closure to all motor vehicles but not to cycles or pedestrians) on Melbourne Grove at the junction with Grove Vale

    • a permeable closure using planters on Derwent Grove at the junction with Grove Vale

    • a permeable closure using planters on Elsie Road at the junction with Grove Vale

    • a permeable closure using planters on Tintagel Crescent at the junction with Grove Vale

    • a school street closure during school drop-off and pick-up on Tintagel Crescent and Elsie Road (residents and emergency services will still be permitted entry)

    We want to hear from you about the effects of these measures.

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  • Dulwich Village - Covid-19 Experimental Travel Measures

    Created by James London Cyclist // 0 threads

    Southwark is committed to quickly rolling out schemes to make travel safe and healthy as lockdown eases. Dulwich has been identified as a priority.

    We have now installed the experimental measures below to re-purpose the street space for pedestrians, cyclists, the local community and businesses:

    - a closure of Calton Avenue south of Gilkes Crescent

    - a closure on Court Lane at the Calton Avenue junction

    - a closure of Calton Avenue at the Dulwich Village junction

    We want to hear from you about the effects of these closures.

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  • North East Peckham Parking Zone 'T' Review and Extension

    Anon // 1 thread

    Overview

    We are proposing to implement parking restrictions to prioritise parking for residents in the streets south of Old Kent Road.

    At the same time we would like to review the existing parking restrictions in Trafalgar zone (T). Permit requirements were removed in 2006 and we would like to determine whether this arrangement still works or whether we should reinstate the permit requirements.

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  • Brenchley Gardens 20mph

    Anon // 1 thread

    Overview

    We are proposing to make changes to Brenchley Gardens to reduce vehicle speed and improve safety for users by providing better facilities for walking, cycling and accessing public transport. Speed surveys have told us that the average speed of vehicles on Brenchley Gardens is 26.5mph which is above the speed limit. 

    Our proposals for Brenchley Gardens are focussed on reducing vehicle
    speed in-line with Southwark’s 20 mph review. We are proposing
    traffic calming measures including raised tables and carriageway
    narrowing. These measures will also have additional benefits including:


    • Improved pedestrian crossings
    • Footway widening


    Our proposals have been designed using national
    design standards and best practice but to ensure the scheme meets the needs of the local community, we need to hear from you

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  • Sydenham Hill 20mph

    Anon // 1 thread

    Overview

    We are proposing to make changes to Sydenham Hill to reduce vehicle speed and improve safety for users by providing better facilities for walking, cycling and accessing public transport. Speed surveys have told us that the average speed of vehicles on Sydenham Hill is 25.4mph which is above the speed limit. 

    Our proposals for Sydenham Hill are focussed on reducing vehicle speed in-line with Southwark’s 20 mph review. We are proposing traffic calming measures including raised tables and carriageway narrowing. These measures will also have additional benefits including:

    • Improved pedestrian crossings
    • Footway widening
    • A segregated cycle lane

    Our proposals have been designed using national
    design standards and best practice but to ensure the scheme is
    optimised for the user, we need to hear from you.

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  • Sumner Street

    Anon // 1 thread

    Overview

    We are improving walking and cycling facilities on Sumner Street including the junction with Southwark Street. These changes will:

    • Provide a more pleasant environment for people visiting Tate Modern and local businesses;
    • Improve cycle facilities and the connection to Cycle Superhighway 7; and 
    • Create a healthier, safer street in line with the Healthy Streets approach.

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  • Dog Kennel Hill Junction and Champion Hill 'No Entry'

    Anon // 1 thread

    Summary

    We would like to know your view on our proposals for:

    1. Improvements to pedestrian and cycle facilities at the Dog Kennel Hill junction with Grove Hill Road and Champion Hill; and
    2. Making permanent the ‘No Entry' on Champion Hill.

    These changes will improve safety, encourage cycling and walking in line with the Healthy Streets approach, and will enable the junction to form part of Cycleway 17. These changes represent the first stage of wider area changes as part of the Camberwell area-wide study.

    The key measures proposed are:

    • Segregated westbound cycle lane in Grove Hill Road;
    • Separate cycle signal at the Grove Hill Road junction;
    • Early release for cyclists at Champion Hill;
    • Footway widening in Grove Hill Road; and
    • ‘No entry' to be made permanent in Champion Hill.

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  • Our Healthy Streets: Dulwich Phase 3

    Anon // 1 thread

    Our Healthy Streets: Dulwich                                         

    Recent projects and engagement with residents in the Dulwich area have shown a common theme - there's too much traffic in the area - and this is having an adverse effect on local life.

    We want to work with residents to address these concerns about traffic volume and its impact on the community.

    • streets in the Dulwich Village area carry much higher than the average traffic on similar residential streets in the borough
    • in the peak hours some residential streets are carrying more traffic than major A-roads.
    • the peak hours are between 7am to 10am and 3pm to 8pm. This unusual traffic pattern shows that traffic using the area includes significant volumes of commuter traffic
    • the pollution profile shows that air pollution is worse between 7am to 10am and 3pm to 7pm
    • there are very high numbers of pupils crossing the roads during the peak hours
    • over 7000 through journeys are made in the area in a typical day. They enter and exit the neighbourhood within less than 10 to 15 minutes

    Phase 3

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  • A202 Peckham HighStreet

    Anon // 1 thread

    Overview

    We would like to know your views on our proposals along the A202 (Peckham High Street) between the junctions with Basing Court and Mission Place. The proposals aim to address identified safety issues, while providing a safer and more pleasant environment for those walking, cycling and using public transport in the area.  

    Tragically, along Peckham High Street there have been three fatal collisions since 2015, most recently in January 2020. TfL is seeking to eradicate deaths and serious injuries from our roads, in line with the Mayor’s Vision Zero policy for London. We believe that when people leave their homes each day, they should feel safe and confident about the journey ahead. By taking the following steps along Peckham High Street, we hope to create a safer road layout for everyone travelling in Peckham.   

    Our proposals also form part of the Mayor’s plan for Healthy Streets, a long-term vision to enable more people to walk, cycle and use public transport by making London’s streets healthier, safer and more welcoming.  

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  • Highway Code changes

    sound+fury // 1 thread

    A bill is being put forward to sentence any cyclist convicted of dangerous cycling to a 14 year prison term.

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  • Wood Vale

    Anon // 1 thread

    Overview

    We would like your views on highways improvements on Wood Vale. 

    Residents have told us that they would like to see reduced speeds and less through traffic on Wood Vale so we have put together a proposal to tackle these issues that we would now like your feedback on.  We would especially like to know if you think the designs could be improved or if we have missed any opportunities.

    The measures will include:

    • New raised tables (Flat topped speed humps) - these encourage drivers to slow down and maintain a constant speed.
    • Removing existing speed cushions and islands - these were not effective enough at reducing speeds, and presented dangers to cyclists.
    • Introducing a new priority working system - this allows only one vehicle through at a time and aims to discourage vehicles using Wood Vale to access Lordship Lane and the South Circular Road.

    As part of these works we will also be taking the opportunity to refurbish the footway along the road where it is needed.

    Separately from this consultation, please note that Melford Road carriageway resurfacing has been reprogrammed for the 16th of January. Separate notification will be issued for this work closer to the scheduled implementation date.

    Let us know what you think by filling in the online survey. Drawings can be viewed in the additional documents section.

     

    Why We Are Consulting

    We are consulting to find out what you think of the proposals and if you have any suggestions.

    Give Us Your ViewsOnline Survey

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  • Our Healthy Walworth

    Anon // 1 thread

    Our Healthy WalworthLow Emission Neighbourhood

    How can we make the Walworth area healthier and more pleasant for local people?

    Less pollution, places you can enjoy, less through traffic, better bus journeys, safer walking and cycling, more attractive shopping and leisure: these could be some of the benefits of the Low Emission Neighbourhood.

    Phase 1: 7 October to 7 December 2019

    We’re asking you what the local issues are and what improvements you would like to see on your local streets. Click on the online map, answer a few short questions and tell us about traffic and other problems down your street.

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  • Southwark Over Station Development

    Anon // 1 thread

    Overview

    We want to know your views on our design proposals for a landmark development at Southwark station.

    Background

    In June 2019 we asked for your thoughts on our vision for the area bounded by Blackfriars Road, The Cut, Hatfields and Isabella Street. Your feedback has been used to inform the proposed designs.  

    We are working with the London Borough of Southwark (LBS) and the Styles House Tenant Management Organisation (TMO) to progress designs for new council homes, offices, new public realm and shared space.  

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  • Denmark Hill Bus Lane Improvements

    Anon // 1 thread

    Overview

    We would like your views and ideas on proposals to improve bus journey times along Denmark Hill.

    The bus lanes are on a hill in this section and it has been observed that cyclists can hold up buses, as the lane is currently too narrow for buses to safely overtake cyclists travelling up the hill.

    In order to improve this, we are proposing to widen some sections of the bus lane between Champion Hill and Sunray Avenue, with priority given to the uphill sections. These proposals should improve journey times for passengers using the 42, 68 and 468 bus routes. By making bus travel more reliable, this supports Transport for London's Healthy Streets indicator: 'People choose to walk, cycle and use public transport'.

    To widen the bus lane and still maintain the carriageway width for other vehicles, we plan to

    • remove the central reservation by Ruskin Park
    • remove the traffic island by Blanchedowne
    • remove the central hatching road markings

    To improve conditions for pedestrians, we plan to

    • Replace the staggered crossing by Champion Hill with a straight crossing on a raised table
    • Improve footway surface around new raised crossing by Champion Hill/ Ruskin Park
    • Provide drop kerb and tactile paving at the informal crossing by Deepdene Road

    We will also be extending the low level planting by Ruskin Park.

    Please see the plans of these proposals below.

    We would appreciate your views on these plans, and whether there are any issues that we should take note of.

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  • Borough Road

    Anon // 1 thread

    Borough Road - Healthy Streets

    Closes 4 Nov 2019

    Opened 8 Oct 2019

    Contact

    Joanna Lesak

    (Project Manager)

    highways@southwark.gov.uk

    Overview

    We would like to know your views on proposals for Borough Road. We are proposing improvements to the environment to encourage cycling and walking in line with the Healthy Streets approach. Borough Road is part of London's wider strategic cycle network as well as the council's Southwark Spine route, and together with Harper Road links Cycleway 6 at St George's Circus to Cycleway 17 at Falmouth Road creating a strategic east-west route.

    The key measures proposed are

    • segregated cycle lanes along each side of the road,
    • early release for cyclists at the Southwark Bridge Road junction, and
    • separate cycle signal at the Harper Road junction.

    Please respond to the online questionnaire below by 4 November 2019.

    Background

    In 2014 over 1400 people in Southwark were consulted by the council on cycling, and the proposed Southwark Spine cycle route was a key feature of the proposals, linking the north and south of the borough. The 2015 cycle strategy subsequently identified the Southwark Spine as a key deliverable to offer a direct, safe, attractive, comfortable and easy cycle route, for all ages and abilities.

    Borough Road and Harper Road comprise the northern section of the Southwark Spine. Street improvements in Harper Road between the junction with Borough Road and Falmouth Road have been consulted on separately to link in with the proposed refurbishment of Dickens Square Park; a link to the informal consultation and updates on timescales of projects in the area are provided in www.southwark.gov.uk/harperroad

    Why We Are Consulting

    We have identified a number of issues with the current road layouts that make Borough Road and Harper Road feel unsafe and intimidating for vulnerable road users, particularly cyclists, and that affect bus journey times. 

    • Traffic volumes are very high in both Borough Road and Harper Road and average traffic speeds are high (at least 26 mph in Borough Road and 24 mph in Harper Road) creating an intimidating environment for people walking and cycling 
    • The existing route falls short of cycle route quality standards, with cycle lanes being unsegregated and stopping abruptly at bus stands, forcing cyclists to merge with intimidating traffic.
    • Bus journey times through Borough High Street and Newington Causeway are negatively impacted by the absence of a continuous bus lane through the Borough Road/Harper Road junction.

    Our proposals  

    We would like your views on the following proposals which aim to reduce these issues.  

    • Protected cycle lanes segregated from traffic on both sides of the road
    • Relocation of parking bays to the outside of cycle lanes to create a buffer from traffic and emissions, for people walking and cycling along the road.
    • Narrowing of carriageway to reduce traffic speeds
    • Early release traffic signal for cyclists at Southwark Bridge Road to ensure safety for cyclists
    • Segregated cycle lane and separate traffic light signal phase for cyclists in Borough Road and Harper Road to ensure safety for cyclists
    • Stones End Street to become one-way southbound and right turn only to prevent collisions with cyclists
    • Bypass cycle lane for left turn from Borough Road into Borough High Street to prevent left hook danger for cyclists (subject to further surveys)
    • A new southbound bus lane in Borough High Street operating 7am to 7pm
    • Banned left turn from Borough High Street into Harper Road (cycles excepted) to accommodate bus lane and improve bus journey times
    • Yellow box junction at junction of Borough High Street and Trinity Street to prevent queuing in junction.
    • Segregated cycle lane in Harper Road in north-west bound lane to avoid left hook danger for cyclists and a separate cycle signal
    • Widened footway at Harper Road entrance to slow down traffic.
    • A raised table at Harper Road to slow traffic.

    The proposals improve Healthy Street indicators including making it easier to cross the road, improving the environment for pedestrians from all walks of life, helping people feel relaxed and safe, and encouraging people to walk, cycle and use public transport. The results of the draft Healthy Streets check (subject to change) are shown in the spider graph below

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  • Croxted Road Bus Lane

    Anon // 1 thread

    Overview

    Give us your views on proposals to introduce a new section of bus lane on Croxted Road.

    We want to improve bus journey times along Croxted Road, as it has been identified that buses experience delays along this section, in particular just south of the junction with the A205 South Circular Road - northbound buses are sometimes unable to access the bus stop due to a combination of queuing traffic and parked vehicles upstream of the bus.

    In order to support this, we are proposing to introduce a short length of northbound peak only bus lane installed between the junction of Ling’s Coppice and the bus stop south of the A205 South Circular Road (Stop WS). The bus lane will operate from 7am-7pm Monday to Saturday and would require introduction of new kerbside restrictions of no waiting and no loading to match the operational hours of the bus lane i.e 7am to 7pm Monday to Saturday.  To support these changes on the western kerbline, it is also proposed to introduce no waiting/no loading restrictions on the eastern kerbline during bus lane hours.

    These proposals should improve journey times for passengers using the route 3, which is a high frequency service between Crystal Palace and Trafalgar Square. By making bus travel more reliable, this supports Transport for London's Healthy Streets indicator: 'People choose to walk, cycle and use public transport'.

    We would appreciate your views on these plans, and whether there are any issues that we should take note of.

    Why We Are Consulting

    We would be grateful if you could take the time to review the proposal attached below and let us know what you think using the online questionnaire.

    Your views are really important to help us make sure the final design meets the needs of the local community.

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