As someone with little faith in local government bureaucrats I find myself duty bound to give credit publicly to Transport for London for speedy service.
I'm not sure if anyone else noticed but a few weeks ago some bright spark somewhere in local gov. decided to put new signs up on every traffic lamp post on Grange Road/Tower Bridge Road junction. The worthy intentions of these signs to stop traffic blocking the pedestrians crossing at these sites. Unfortunately these signs were so badly designed they were a danger to all road users, and particularly pedestrians. They were yellow 18" square sharp tin signs 4 foot off the ground! Not only would partially sighted or clumsy pedestrians risk injury on the corners, but they also very conveniently obstructed the eyeline to block out all views of oncoming traffic!
I contacted Tfl by email and next day they replied they would look into it. Two days later all the signs except the ones in the middle of roads have been removed.
A wee reminder of the rules regarding a box junction wouldn't go amiss at that junction.
I was crossing the box junction (or queueing to at least) on Sunday afternoon whilst two cars just sat in the middle of it. Both drivers appeared to be confused - one of them was in the lane to go straight ahead before deciding to turn right from TBR into Grange Road & ended up just kind of parked sidways across the junction and the other driver couldn't manoeuvre around him. Neither car appeared able to see the change of the lights so just stopped where they were.
As lights turned green more cars drove into the junction making the situation even worse - the car ahead of me (hoping to cross the junction from Bermondsey Street into Grange Road) decided to drive around both of these cars and ended up hitting one of them.
Then everyone got out of their cars to shout at each other for being in the wrong.
> A wee reminder of the rules regarding a box
> junction wouldn't go amiss at that junction.
Yes I believe this junction has suffered greatly from the congestion ring road effect. The yellow box here is crucial if traffic is to flow properly. Or is it time for a right filter on the TBR lights. Trouble is the road here is jammed with lorries and buses as well, thank god we don't have any bendy buses yet on these routes. Couldn't we have The Ring road over Blackfriars bridge please, a proper multi-laned bridge with four lanes all the way from Elephant/A3.
> Surely you can't mean:
> - bring the C-Charge barrier nearer to central
> - replace /Newington Causeway/Borough High
> St/Blackfriars Rd with a 4 lane expressway
No I don't mean that, 4 lanes total, two each way. They exist already (far wider than TBR) linking Elephant and Blackfriars, no new building work involved, just re-routing. Blackfriars Bridge could be used to relieve the pressure on Tower Bridge by including the roads linking the North embankment here (Victoria Embankment) with Tower Hill as a ring road. All these roads are dual carriageways or at least far wider than TBR and Tower Bridge.
Or as you rightly say move the whole ring road. Out to Blackwall Tunnell and include this area North of Old Kent Road in CC zone.
A single vehicle that wants to turn right at the lights (i.e. to go North along TBR) causes a long queue as its waits for a gap in the traffic from Bermondsey Street. There is no way for vehicles wanting to go straight on or left to get by because the bus lane goes right up to the lights.
I wonder how long it will take our learned traffic engineers to realise that nearly all the busses want turn right at the end of Grange Road, so a bus lane on the left side of the road is rather worse than useless.
There have been so many recent examples of junction “improvements” where the overall traffic flow (including busses) has become considerably worse as a result. I think we need to fire all the traffic engineers, or maybe just a few politicians!