I think Bermondsey street is getting more and more dangerous for pedestrians. It is an accident waiting to happen. The cars and lorries drive ever quicker, while the footfall has increased considerably
How realistic is it to create a couple of strategically positioned traffic-calming measures? It is a very inviting one-way street for drivers to whizz down, but is so narrow in places, particularly when lorries are loading - pushing traffic to within inches of pedestrians.
A long time ago I think there was some kind of expensive consultation which was intended to end in traffic calming measures - but nothing ever happened?
Does anyone else agree that something needs to be done?
I have contacted local councillors such as Denise Capstick on this, who were polite, and said they'd look into it, and never did. (Or at least never got back to me).
How terrible that the local councillor never got back to you and such a surprise! Reminds me of the bloody minded attitude of the councillors in respect of the White Cube occupation of Royal Oak Yard - such irreverence. It is notable how much traffic there is now that delivers to the White Cube store - and indeed produces the bottlenecks that frustrate drivers who then speed up for the rest of the street. There was a traffic calming plan for Bermondsey Street - with chicanes and various other goodies. But just like the bicycle racks outside White Cube they have become obsolete. The footpath obstacles also create further issues for pedestrians - especially those who are less able - both permanently and temporary. What a pity there is no joined up desire to achieve a better environment for the community.
The real problem is traffic circulation in the whole area....what is really needed is a right turn (if you're travelling southbound acroos Tower Bridge) into Druid Street to start with...so many vehicles rat ran all round the area including Bermondsey Street, Leathermarket Street and Weston Street because the Council (unsurprisingly) and TfL haven't addressed an overall plan for the area.
The BSAP shares the frustration of all correspondents so far on this issue (and well remember the fruitless study and proposals a good few years back). The issue is increasingly critical and the first step to a solution is the delivery of a genuine overall traffic study, and then a consequent strategic plan. The BSAP has moved forward with this most recently with a street walk with Simon Hughes and others, and we will be pressing hard to see some real progress on this
Vast vested interests are involved in traffic (mis-)management. Unelected traffic officials wield more power than elected politicians, so it’s not surprising that tw received no reply from the councillor(s). Authentic road safety will never be achieved through more control based on the current flawed system of priority. It will be achieved by restoring common law principles of equal rights and responsibilities, and by freeing road-users to act according to social custom. Taking it in turns is the sociable way to behave. You’d cause a riot if you jumped a cashpoint queue. But on the road we accept such anti-social behaviour without question. Why? The current rules of the road require pedestrians to defer to drivers. They put the onus on children to beware motorists when it could and should be the other way round. What happens when lights are out of action? Peace breaks out. We approach carefully, interact sociably, filter more or less in turn. It's “After you” instead of “Get out of my way!” Traffic “experts” say we need protecting from ourselves. No, we need protecting from them and their systems of control. Not only is equality and self-management safer, it’s more efficient, as our lights-off trial in Portishead showed (video at Equality Streets). Councillors should start standing up to traffic officers and demanding system reform now.