Getting fed up now with the complete failure of the re-design of the Park Plaza roundabout junction. The lane reduction and building of the cycle lane there now means that traffic constantly backs up all the way down Westminster Bridge Road and Kennington Road. The pollution as a result is dreadful from the idling traffic. Buses give up and open doors to angry passengers at dangerous points along the road and the car horns and near misses with cyclists make this whole project a huge fail.
I've just sent a complaint to TfL and I wondered whether anyone else would join with me and get something done to what has now become a regular car parking and pollution nightmare during morning (7am-11am) and afternoon/evening peak.
They've also added an unnecessary new traffic light from Tooley Street to turn left into Tower Bridge Road. Has increased traffic waiting/idling times on TBR right back to Abbey St, Druid St traffic waiting to turn right and stretching back along Tooley St. Not to mention the bad coordination of the lights at the Druid St junction.
On Westminster Bridge Road, the problem is often (like this morning) cars and taxis stopping/parking in the bus lane in front of the new hotel. During peak morning hours, there are so many buses that have to use the cars' lane that there is a build up of traffic.
Also the bend in front of Natwest bank is too narrow and buses are always getting stuck waiting for car traffic to move to have the space to get in the bus lane.
That road should be a red route to avoid car stopping in the bus lane.
The pedestrian desire line between the tube station and the side of Kennington Road with the shops on is unsupported, leading to unpredictable road crossing.
Worse, there's something about the timings of the lights that mean that, extremely frequently, motor vehicle drivers bully their way onto Baylis Road (heading away from the junction) in the few seconds every few minutes that the green man shows for pedestrians.
Yes, I thought that too, but I wonder whether TfL are now realising that they've made a huge mistake and are re-thinking designs - although the proposed re-design of those pedestrian crossings outside Lambeth North was something I supported ironically!