Highway Crossing – TfL Actively Investigating

highwayWe 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. In response to that concern, as you can see from the previous article, Julia wrote to Transport for London to ask for improvements to the Dock Street/Vaughan Way junction.

This afternoon, we received their response and are delighted to see that TfL is taking the matter very seriously by actively investigating a number of improvements to the junction. They are currently considering:

- narrowing Dock Street so that a single lane of traffic can pass through the junction at any one time.

- a wider cycle lane with a kerb so that cyclists are safer when using the junction.

- wider pedestrian crossings on the Highway to meet demand.

- Staggered crossings

- a new yellow box which will assist in preventing traffic from blocking the junction.

We paste below the full reply from TfL so that everyone is in the loop.

 

 

Dear Julia

Thank you for your email to my colleague Kevin Lee.  Kevin asked I investigate and reply on his behalf.

We are acutely aware schoolchildren use this junction daily on their journey to school and recently introduced pedestrian countdown so people know how much time they have to cross the road.  We are also aware that as part of the London Dock development (at the former News International site) a new school is planned which will increase the number of children using the crossings during school hours and there is a condition associated with the planning permission that crossing facilities along the Highway need to be improved.  We also want to provide safer facilities for cyclists on Dock Street following a serious collision involving a left-turning lorry and a cyclist.

As a result, we are actively investigating a number of improvements in addition to the pedestrian countdown system.  Current options being investigated involve narrowing Dock Street so that a single lane of traffic can pass through the junction at any one time.  At the moment two lanes of traffic often pass through the traffic lights on Dock Street.  As per your previously attached letter, this leads to conflicts when larger vehicles such as HGVs turn at the same time, particularly left out onto the Highway.  In its place a wider cycle lane could be provided protected by a kerb so that cyclists are safer when using the junction.  The options also include wider pedestrian crossings on the Highway to meet demand.  Staggered crossings are also being considered although many pedestrians do not like crossing in two stages as it takes longer to cross the road.  Also, we are going to install a new yellow box which will assist in preventing traffic from blocking the junction.

The measures you refer to during the Olympics and Paralympics were temporary and in place so traffic during the Games could use the Olympic Route Network.  They may have been helpful for pedestrians but were never intended to be permanent, as they necessitated a number of banned turns which were only permissible on a temporary basis.

I hope the above reassures you we are actively working to improve the safety and working of the junction.

Kind regards

Graham

Managing Director’s Office, TfL Surface Transport

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