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 Lambeth Cyclists:

  • OSM cycle routing engines in London

    Created by Simon Still // 1 thread

    https://www.lcc.org.uk/articles/finding-your-way-on-londons-cycle-infrastructure-1

    none of the apps that use OpenStreetMap as a base - Citymapper, Cyclestreets and Cycle.Travel amongst them - offer a great user experience and they all tend to prioritise complex back street rat run routes over Londons main road infrastructure. There's a real need to tweak these app routing algorithms so that new cyclists can benefit from the high quality infrastructure thats being built.

    In future theres also the potential to do more with OSM - we would love to see “accessibility graded” routing as a future capability using information about path surfaces, gradients or things like width restrictions that are a problem for some types of cycle or rider

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  • A23 Streatham Hill Cycleway

    Created by Simon Still // 2 threads

    Our proposals at a glance  

    Transport for London (TfL), together with Lambeth Council would like to know your views on proposals for improvements which will include:

    • High quality segregated cycle lanes and bus stop bypasses throughout the extent of the scheme
    • Straight-across pedestrian crossings relocated to be where people want to walk and cross the road
    • Zebra crossings proposed to cross the cycle lane to signalised pedestrian crossings across the main carriageway
    • 2 additional pedestrian crossings
    • Bus lanes maintained or implemented and operational hours extended to between 07:00 - 19:00 Monday to Saturday throughout the scheme
    • 20mph speed limit throughout
    • Changes to side road access including restrictions and closures, redesign and resurfacing
    • New traffic signals at the Telford Avenue junction
    • Improvements to public realm throughout the route, unlocking areas by removing central brick build planters and planting of new trees and landscaping
    • Changes to some parking and loading provision  

    To complement this scheme we have been working with Lambeth Council to develop a Low Traffic Neighbourhood in the nearby residential areas to the east of the A23. This will complement the A23 scheme by protecting local streets from through traffic and will help deliver wider objectives such as creating Healthy Routes on local roads. Visit the consultation page of Lambeth’s website from the 22 February 2020 to find out more.  

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  • Sumner Street

    Created by Sean Howes // 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'

    Created by Sean Howes // 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

    Created by Sean Howes // 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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  • 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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  • Travel in London Report

    Created by Simon Parker // 1 thread

    A lack of a clearly defined, well planned cycling network is hindering the growth of cycling in London.

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  • Our Healthy Walworth

    Created by Sean Howes // 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

    Created by Sean Howes // 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

    Created by Sean Howes // 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

    Created by Sean Howes // 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

    Created by Sean Howes // 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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  • Dog Kennel Hill Bus Lane Widening

    Created by Sean Howes // 1 thread

    Dog Kennel Hill Bus Lane Widening

    Closes 29 Sep 2019

    Opened 23 Aug 2019

    Contact

    Lola Olanlokun

    (Project Manager)

    Highways

    highways@southwark.gov.uk

    Overview

    We want to improve bus journey times along Dog Kennel Hill, as it has been identified that the bus lane is on a steep hill in this section and cyclists can hold up buses significantly as the lane is currently too narrow for buses to safely overtake cyclists travelling up the hill.

    In order to support this, we are proposing to widen the northbound bus lane on Dog Kennel Hill, either side of the junction with Albrighton Road. We are also considering changing the bus lane hours of operation to 24 hours a day 7 days a week. This will reduce conflict with other vehicle types and help buses keep to timetable.

    These proposals should improve journey times for passengers using the 40, 176, 185 and 484 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 do this and maintain the carriageway width for other vehicles, we plan to reduce the width of the central reservation. This will involve the transplanting of one tree, but we plan to plant an additional new tree, so the net impact would be additional tree cover.

    Please see the plan for these works here:

    If the project goes ahead, works will be undertaken in early 2020. We would try to minimise any disruption, and no full road closure should be required.

    Why We Are Consulting

    As there may be some disruption for local residents during construction, we want to make sure you have the opportunity to review the proposals and let us know if you have any concerns.

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  • Thessaly Road SW8

    Created by Simon Munk // 1 thread

    Council says:

    Wandsworth Council would like to hear your views on proposed improvements for pedestrians and cyclists along Thessaly Road, enhancing access and the local environment.

    As motorised vehicle movements are relatively low on Thessaly Road, the proposals aim to provide safer infrastructure for more vulnerable road users.

    The proposed introduction of raised, controlled crossing points would benefit pedestrians, particularly school children visiting local community facilities and St George’s Primary School, whilst also slowing traffic speeds along Thessaly Road.

    Within the scope of the scheme, Thessaly Road would also have new raised ‘Copenhagen style’ junctions with side roads, to create an improved pedestrian and cycle user experience and slow down traffic joining Thessaly Road. ‘Copenhagen style’ junctions allow cyclists and pedestrians to have priority over vehicles exiting the side roads. The scheme will also include installation of new high-quality paving materials and new cycle parking.

    A segregated cycle track would provide a safe route for cyclists between Battersea Park Road at the north end (which is the subject of proposed improvements being developed in partnership with Transport for London) and Wandsworth Road and Lambeth to the south. It would also provide a safe route to the two new Northern Line Extension stations opening in 2021.

    The proposals include improvements to the public realm at the junction of Condell Road, Deeley Road and Battersea Park Road, featuring new seating areas and new planting.

    The scheme is part of a package of infrastructure improvements in the area which include proposals for a Controlled Parking Zone and a colourful ‘Happy Street’ redesign for the Thessaly Road rail bridge, all funded by contributions from developers in the area.

    In line with strategic masterplans for the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area, Thessaly Road has been identified as a key strategic link for cycle and pedestrian movements from north to south through the opportunity area, and so the proposed improvements reflect the need to meet changing demands of this growing central London area.

    It is important for the Council to know the views of local residents and businesses before progressing with any improvements.

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  • Southwark Station

    Created by Sean Howes // 1 thread

    TfL and the London Borough of Southwark (LBS) are working together to deliver new improvements to the area bounded by Blackfriars Road, The Cut, Hatfields and Isabella Street.

    Several plans and proposals have been developed for this area in previous years, though none have been considered viable from a community or commercial perspective. Following approval to work towards a land swap agreement between TfL and LBS, we are now able to proceed with an exemplar development scheme, promoted by two public bodies who are working together to produce tangible benefits for the local area.

    Through two separate projects and planning applications, we wish to form a shared vision which will deliver new council homes, office and community space around Southwark station.

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  • Safer Junctions - Kennington Park Road/Braganza Street

    Created by Simon Still // 1 thread

    Tragically, there was a fatal accident involving a motorcyclist who was in a collision with a vehicle turning right from Kennington Park Road into Braganza Street in 2015. Similar collisions have also been recorded at this junction.  We are proposing improvements to the junction for vulnerable road users in  response to the Coroner’s recommendations and to improve the overall safety of the junction for road users.  

    Our plan is to modify the junction to create a ‘right turn only phase’ for traffic turning from Kennington Park Road into Braganza Street. This will remove the conflict between drivers turning right and vehicles progressing straight on southbound through the junction. Our full proposals include:  

    • A separately controlled right turn from Kennington Park Road into Braganza Street. Drivers turning right will be held at a red signal while southbound traffic moves, completely removing the potential for right turn conflict
    • Creating a northbound segregated cycle by-pass of the junction
    • Shortening the loading bay on the north-east side of the junction to allow for the cycle by-pass, while leaving space for deliveries to local shops and businesses to continue
    • Providing an earlier green signal for cyclists using the junction. This will allow cyclists to be clear of the junction before other vehicles move, reducing conflict
    • Reallocate northbound traffic lanes with designated lane markings for ahead and right turning movements. This will allow free flow of northbound traffic without having to wait for right turning vehicles to clear the junction
    • Introducing a banned left turn into Braganza Street, except for cyclists, removing the risk of conflict between left turning drivers and cyclists and motorcyclists moving stratight ahead
    • Extending the southbound bus lane to the junction
      • Removing a short stretch of northbound bus lane to allow for the new road layout

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  • Safer Junctions - Clapham Road and Union Road and Clapham Road and Stirling Road

    Created by Simon Still // 1 thread

    In the last three years, there were 23 collisions at this junction, 18 of which were people cycling. (Data available up to 30 September 2018).  

    A number of issues have been identified with the current junction layout:  

    • Difficult for road users to turn right from A3 Clapham Road into Union Road. People making this turn are allowed to proceed at the same time as the A3 northbound traffic is moving, leading to right-turning drivers seeking short gaps in the traffic and turning impatiently or without enough care.  People cycling northbound nearer the kerb may be hidden by other vehicles, increasing the risk of them being struck.
    • Northbound cyclists vulnerable to left-turning traffic. There are a lot of cyclists heading north into central London in the morning peak. Drivers turning left into Union Road have to cross this flow of cyclists.
    • Advanced stop lines (ASL) for cyclists at the junction are too small. The number of cyclists using the junction at peak times means the ASL boxes can not safely protect everyone cycling, particularly people cycling northbound along Clapham Road in the morning peak.
    • Poor junction alignment with Stirling Road. Many vehicles turn right from Stirling Road onto the A3 and then turn left into Union Road, cutting across two lanes of traffic including cyclists. 

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  • Safe speeds for central London – introducing 20mph speed limits

    Created by Sean Howes // 1 thread

    Overview

    We want your views on our proposals to make the streets we manage in central London 20mph by 2020 and the associated measures.

    Last year, in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), we published the Vision Zero Action Plan. The Action Plan sets out our ambition to eliminate death and serious injury from London’s transport network by 2041.

    It details our plans to reduce road danger, including proposals to implement a 20mph speed limit on the roads we operate and manage in central London. 

    We’ve been working to determine the most effective way of implementing the new speed limits and are now ready to share our plans with you.

    We’ve provided more information about our proposals on this page and would like your feedback before we progress this important safety programme.

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