Dangers of Dock St/Vaughan Way Crossing

We know that there is a lot of concern, particularly among parents, about safety in relation to the Highway, the busy road that dissects Wapping and Shadwell.

A couple of weeks ago, a lorry mounted the pavement during rush hour, crashing into a traffic light in front of parents taking their kids to school at John Cass and English Martyrs. After that incident, some Wapping residents asked if we’d help with their campaign to improve the safety of crossings on the Highway, a road administered by Transport for London. We’ve now made representations in support (pasted below) and will keep you all updated.

Dear Julia

Thank you for your email.

I have passed this correspondence to my colleagues in our Surface Transport directorate for investigation and I’ve asked them to respond to you directly (copied to me).

I hope this is helpful.


Transport for London, Windsor House, 42-50 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL


From: Julia Dockerill Sent: 15 May 2014 To: Kevin (TfL) Subject:

Dear Kevin,

I was wondering if you might be able to assist me.

I live in Wapping and am currently standing in that ward as a council candidate for Tower Hamlets. As a result of my work in the ward, I have had a lot of residents raise worries with me about the safety of the pedestrian crossings on the Highway/East Smithfield, a road administered by TfL between Wapping and Shadwell which runs up to the Tower of London.

A lot of parents cross that road at the junction between Vaughan Way and Dock Street to take their kids to school at John Cass and English Martyrs. This is a very busy road, particularly in rush hour, and our current councillor, Emma Jones, has raised concerns about its safety with Tower Hamlets who have in turn alerted TfL. Nothing ever seems to change, however.

On 28 April, there was an incident between two large vehicles which caused a lorry to mount the pavement and crash into a traffic light in front of parents and their children. There are often unsupervised children crossing the Highway on their own and parents are anxious to see safety improvements at the junction for pedestrians before there are any major (or further minor) incidents.

Helpfully, they have suggested a number of steps they believe could make the situation better, including a protected central reservation such as was present during the Olympics, a staggered central island and protected corners, or ideally an underpass in addition to traffic lights.

I would be really grateful if you could pass the attached letter, as well as my email, to the Head of Road Management at TfL so that the proposal can be given serious consideration and responded to.

Many thanks,

Julia Dockerill

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