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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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  • 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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  • Trafalgar Avenue junction with A2 Old Kent Road

    Anon // 1 thread

    Overview

    We are proposing to improve the junction of Trafalgar Avenue and A2 Old Kent Road.

    These changes would provide safer, better facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and bus passengers. These benefits support the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy and Vision Zero. 

    It is the Mayor’s Vision Zero ambition that no one is killed or seriously injured on London’s streets by 2041. The Vision Zero approach is based on the fundamental conviction that loss of life and serious injuries are neither acceptable nor inevitable.  

    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.

    What are we proposing? 

    The main benefits of this scheme would be:

    • Safer and easier crossing at Trafalgar Avenue using a new ‘green man’ crossing 
    • Quicker, more reliable bus trips using a new extended westbound bus lane

    To achieve this, we would need to ban the left turn into Trafalgar Avenue from A2 Old Kent Road westbound towards the Bricklayers Arms. Our traffic counts indicate up to 44 vehicles per hour could be affected.  

    Full details include:

    • Introducing a ‘green man’ crossing at Trafalgar Avenue
    • Banning  the left turn into Trafalgar Avenue from A2 Old Kent Road westbound
    • Building out the pavement to support the banned left turn and pedestrian crossing
    • Extending the westbound bus lane from the Trafalgar Avenue bus stop (WJ) to the junction stop line
    • Providing a new Advanced Stop Line to help protect cyclists on Trafalgar Avenue
    • Widening the existing Advance Stop Line on A2 Old Kent Road across two traffic lanes instead of one

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  • Our Healthy Streets: Dulwich

    Anon // 1 thread

    Our Healthy Streets: Dulwich                                         

    Recent projects and engagement with residents in the Dulwich area have shown a common theme that there is 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.

    Phase 1 of 429 April to 7 June

    In this first phase we want to hear from you about the issues in this area. We are completely open to your ideas, later phases will look in more detail at possible solutions.

    Get involved

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  • North Peckham Healthy Streets

    Created by Raiph // 2 threads

    We would like to hear what you think about proposals to improve cycling and reduce parking pressures within the North Peckham area - that's roughly the area between Burgess Park to the north and Peckham Road to the south - see map below.

    Controlled Parking Zone

    In recent years many residents have told us that parking can be difficult in this area. With the introduction of a parking zone, parking stress is likely to be greatly decreased in the area allowing for safer walking and cycling and prioritising space for residents.

    Please let us know if you would like to see parking restrictions on your street, this would help to free up more spaces for residents to park.

    If you have any questions or would like to know more about parking restrictions, please refer to our information section at the bottom of this page.

    Cycling Improvements

    In addition, we would like to make changes to some key junctions in the area to create a safer cycle route through North Peckham, this would form part of the Southwark Spine (http://www.southwark.gov.uk/transport-and-roads/cycling/cycle-improvements?chapter=3). This would link existing sections of cycle route at Wells Way (Quietway 8) and Lyndhurst Way (the Southwark Spine) - these cycle routes are intended especially to enable younger or less confident cyclists to cycle more safely.

    Overall, the Southwark Spine is a north to south cycle route through the whole borough. A map can be found in the related documents at the bottom of this page.

    The principal changes we are proposing include:-

    An improved crossing for cyclists and pedestrians at the junction of Wells Way and St George's Way - This will include additional phase for cyclists and widened pavements. (Section A)
    Closing St George's Way to through motor traffic, with a barrier east of Chandler Way - This would be an experimental change, which would be open for public comments for 18 months before a decision is made whether to make it a permenant change. It is intended to reduce through traffic along St George's Way. Access will be maintained to Chandler Way from the west and Cator Street from the east. (Section B)
    Installation of a two-way cycle track on part of Commercial Way - This will facilitate the crossing of cyclists from Chandler Way to Moody Road. (Section C)
    Changes to the crossing at Moody Road - this will help cyclists and pedestrians cross Commercial Way (Section C)
    Footway widening at the junction of Kelly Avenue and Peckham Road - this will create more space for pedestrians and cyclists (Section D)

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  • Duke Hill St/Tooley St

    Created by SallyEva // 1 thread

    Proposals include:

    Introducing a 20mph speed limit along entire length of Duke Street Hill/Tooley Street (between Borough High Street and Tower Bridge Road)
    Introducing a 2 metre wide mandatory cycle lane westbound, on Duke Street Hill/Tooley Street, running between Borough High Street and Bermondsey Street junctions, separated from traffic with wands on the Duke Street Hill section
    Introducing a protected right turn ‘pocket’ for cyclists waiting to turn right into Bermondsey Street from Tooley Street
    Making Duke Street Hill no entry, apart from cyclists and buses, from the junction with A3 Borough High Street. This will mean that eastbound traffic along Duke Street Hill and Tooley Street as far as the junction with Bermondsey Street is restricted to buses and cycles only.
    Restricting access from side roads onto Tooley Street to westbound travel only. Any motorized vehicle turning onto Tooley Street from the following roads will not be able to turn onto and travel eastbound towards Bermondsey Street:
    Tooley Street onto Duke Hill Street
    Bridge Yard onto Tooley Street
    Cottons Lane onto Tooley Street
    Hay’s Lane onto Tooley Street
    Battlebridge Lane onto Tooley Street
    Westbound traffic will continue to be able to travel along this section of highway as it does at present (i.e. accessing via Bermondsey Street or from roads further east) which lead onto Tooley Street.

    This will be an interim scheme, reducing traffic in the short term. We are working on a more transformational scheme for Tooley Street, to extend the high-quality cycling provision proposed as part of Cycle Superhighway 4 towards London Bridge.

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  • Harper Road Street Improvements (post-width restriction experiment)

    Created by Laurence // 1 thread

    Consultation from Southwark Council following the experimental width-restrictions:

    We are proposing a range of street improvements to Harper Road and would like to hear what you think. The proposed Harper Road street improvements include the junction of Swan Street and extend to New Kent Road*. The street falls within the project study area for Walk Elephant and will form part of a future quietway, currently in concept design, to join quietway 7 at Falmouth Road. The design was developed in coordination with other works in the street: shopfront renewal at the shopping parade and refurbishment of Dickens Square Park.

    We have spoken to residents and stakeholders over the past couple of years who have told us about a number of issues at Harper Road. A 'Healthy Streets' perception survey conducted this summer confirmed many of the concerns raised:

    Cars, HGVs and other large vehicles have been using Harper Road as a through-route. The traffic is intimidating, travelling at high speeds, and poses a hazard to pedestrians, particularly vulnerable road users such as children attending the Globe Academy, the elderly and children visiting the mosque and parks and cyclists accessing nearby quietways.
    Harper Road does not always feel like a safe and inclusive place for pedestrians and other vulnerable road users. The shopping parade is neglected. There are pinch-points in the footway where there are mature trees and sign posts, and there are not enough crossing opportunities in the street.
    There's a lack of safe and comfortable places for people to stop and rest, relax and pass the time.
    We are proposing a number of other measures in the street to make the street feel safer and more likely to encourage people to walk and cycle:

    Keep the trial width restrictions as a permanent measure with a more robust feature (e.g. bell bollard) at Harper Road, and replace the existing island in Bath Terrace with a gate/removable bollards to allow emergency access. The width restriction which has resulted in an 86% drop in HGVs and 23% drop in motorised vehicles in Harper Road, reducing peak flows to below 500, and reducing traffic in the surrounding streets. The proportion of HGVs dropped from 5.8% to 1% in the middle section of the road, and NO2 levels have decreased in three monitoring locations in the street (see results attached below). While a full road closure or filter has been requested by some residents and stakeholders, at this stage the width restriction along with complementary measures below is considered proportionate as a measure to reduce traffic flows and speeds in the street. We will monitor the effect of the measures, and assess the need for further measures such as filtering at a later stage.
    Slow down traffic with new raised crossings, narrowing of the road, and more cycle-friendly sinusoidal speed humps (replacing any speed sushions).
    Improve accessibility for people from all walks of life by widening footways, providing raised crossings, providing reserved cycle stands for cyclists with disabilities and creating more accessible crossings (e.g. drop kerbs with wider traffic island, and associated tactile paving).
    Minimal effect on existing parking: A car club bay and two bays will be relocated further west down the road, and loss of one one permit and paid space at Dickens Square Park, and two short stay bays by New Kent Road. The effect of this is considered negligible considering the low parking occupancy in the area.
    Resurface the footway at the shopping parade with granite paving stones in line with our streetscape palette, to complement the planned shopfront improvements.
    Replace existing planters at the shopping parade with new planting and seating to make the area more attractive and provide places to stop and rest.
    Change the service road in front of shops to one way to improve safety and reconfigure footpath, allowing extension of parking bay (N.B. angled parking was assessed with tracking software and was not feasible due to the TfL cycle stand obstructing movements).
    Add more cycle stands at the shopping parade.
    Add single seats in the wide footway south of Falmouth Road so that people walking can stop and rest.
    Remove street clutter (posts, railing and bollards) and remove the give way road feature south of Falmouth Road to make the area more pleasant and feel more inclusive.
    Provide things to see and do: paint electricity boxes by Rockingham Street, and create play opportunities such as hopscotch, in the wide footway south of Falmouth Road.
    You can see these proposals in detail in the proposed Preliminary Design attached below.

    Please let us know how you feel about these ideas, what comments and suggestions you might have, and what other aspirations you might have for the street, using our online questionnaire below.

    In addition to the questionnaire if you would like to share your views and suggestions and see what other people think, please go to our interactive map.

    Please also see upcoming events below for an opportunity to discuss the proposals with council officers.

    *The section of road from Newington Causeway/Borough High Street to Swan Street will be part of later scheme tied in with the redevelopment of the corner at Borough High Street and the upcoming Quietway design.

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