A local campaigning group of the London Cycling Campaign based in the London borough of Southwark.
This group is used to identify improvements that could make cycling more fun, attractive and safe in the borough.
The draft Tower Hamlets Transport Strategy aims to improve the way we move around our borough.
Tower Hamlets is one of the country's fastest growing boroughs. Our roads are the busiest in the UK.
77 per cent of our residents are exposed to unsafe pollution levels, children in the borough have on average up to ten per cent less lung capacity and 43 per cent of Year 6 school children are overweight or obese.
According to Public Health England, pollution is linked to increasing rates of asthma, heart disease, dementia, lung cancer and low birth weight.
The new strategy aims to address these concerns and look at what the council and residents can do to make travel cleaner, safer and accessible for everyone.
Promoting walking and cycling is at the heart of plans to help meet the Mayor of London’s target that 90 per cent of all trips in the borough should be made on foot, by cycle or by using public transport by 2041.
Over the next two months, the council will be asking all those who live and work in the borough to get involved, share their ideas and help shape the future of travel in Tower Hamlets.
We would like your views on suggested changes to the controlled parking zone on your road
In 2018 we asked you if would like us to make any changes to the Bermondsey CPZ 'G'
As part of this survey we sent out a total of 9,517 surveys and received a 4% response rate. 65% of those who responded wanted the current parking restrictions to be amended with 61% stating that they struggle to park on a Saturday. We would now like to know in detail the changes that you would like us to make.
We know, from the original survey and changes in the area such as residential developments and an increase in bars and restaurants, that parking stress has increased and we would like to know what changes you would make.
If we receive a majority in favour of amending the operating times and hours of Zone ‘G’ we will put forward a recommended amendment to the Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and the Climate Emergency to make a final decision.
In addition to potential changes to the operating hours of the controlled parking zone we would also like to know if residents and businesses in the Shad Thames area would like their own separate zone. This would mean that permit holders in this area would have their own permits and would only be able to park in that area.
This decision would then be subject to statutory consultation.
What are the pros and cons of extending the operating hours of my parking zone?
- Parking on your street will be prioritised for residents, their visitors and businesses for longer and at the weekend;
- The removal of parking in the evening and at the weekend would leave space available for street improvements such as places to rest and cycle parking.
- Increased operational hours would decrease the amount of time you can park without permits which may mean you would need to purchase more visitors’ permits.
- There may be some parking displacement to nearby parking zones from those who would normally use Zone ‘G’ for evening and weekend parking.
If we were able to reduce the amount of vehicles parked in the area, we could consider introducing a variety of street improvements as detailed below:
- More and varied cycle parking
- Places to rest (single chairs with arm rests) for the elderly, children and people with disabilities.
- Planted screen (e.g. Ivy) to capture particulate matter pollution.
- ‘Parklets’ – communal seating and planting in car parking spaces, provided on a trial basis.
We want to hear your views on the planned controlled parking zone for the Rotherhithe and Surrey Docks area.
Up to 3,000 new homes in the area mean that a controlled parking zone is essential - in particular, this is the only way to enforce the permit-free planning conditions for the Canada Water development, and prevent intolerable additional parking pressures.
We are consulting on creating two way streets in the Lower Road area and Cycleway 4.
The existing road layout creates a sense of motor-vehicle dominance, one way streets encourage fast vehicle speeds, which adds to unpleasant conditions for both pedestrians and cyclists.
We are consulting on creating a cycleway in the Rotherhithe area.
Future cycling demand is predicting there will be a significant desire to\from Peckham and beyond, with up to 150 cyclists using the route during the peak period, in the event of a free ferry crossing being developed.
We have developed proposals to link Cycleway 4 and Quietway 14 as a first phase and we are exploring potential connections towards Peckham.
Transport for London has awarded Southwark funding to improve streets in South Bermondsey to make this a more “Liveable Neighbourhood”. The council wants to hear your ideas on how to spend £30,000 this year to improve the look and feel of your streets and make it easier to walk and cycle.
Improvements could include new crossing points and other safety features, new green spaces, cycle routes or cycle parking.
The council also plans to bid for more money for the next year three years to provide more street improvements and to make this area even more pleasant and healthy for you and your family.
We are proposing to improve the junction of Trafalgar Avenue and A2 Old Kent Road.
These changes would provide safer, better facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and bus passengers. These benefits support the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy and Vision Zero.
It is the Mayor’s Vision Zero ambition that no one is killed or seriously injured on London’s streets by 2041. The Vision Zero approach is based on the fundamental conviction that loss of life and serious injuries are neither acceptable nor inevitable.
Our proposals also form part of the Mayor’s plan for Healthy Streets - a long-term vision to enable more people to walk, cycle and use public transport by making London’s streets healthier, safer and more welcoming.
What are we proposing?
The main benefits of this scheme would be:
- Safer and easier crossing at Trafalgar Avenue using a new ‘green man’ crossing
- Quicker, more reliable bus trips using a new extended westbound bus lane
To achieve this, we would need to ban the left turn into Trafalgar Avenue from A2 Old Kent Road westbound towards the Bricklayers Arms. Our traffic counts indicate up to 44 vehicles per hour could be affected.
Full details include:
- Introducing a ‘green man’ crossing at Trafalgar Avenue
- Banning the left turn into Trafalgar Avenue from A2 Old Kent Road westbound
- Building out the pavement to support the banned left turn and pedestrian crossing
- Extending the westbound bus lane from the Trafalgar Avenue bus stop (WJ) to the junction stop line
- Providing a new Advanced Stop Line to help protect cyclists on Trafalgar Avenue
- Widening the existing Advance Stop Line on A2 Old Kent Road across two traffic lanes instead of one
TfL and the London Borough of Southwark (LBS) are working together to deliver new improvements to the area bounded by Blackfriars Road, The Cut, Hatfields and Isabella Street.
Several plans and proposals have been developed for this area in previous years, though none have been considered viable from a community or commercial perspective. Following approval to work towards a land swap agreement between TfL and LBS, we are now able to proceed with an exemplar development scheme, promoted by two public bodies who are working together to produce tangible benefits for the local area.
Through two separate projects and planning applications, we wish to form a shared vision which will deliver new council homes, office and community space around Southwark station.
Tragically, there was a fatal accident involving a motorcyclist who was in a collision with a vehicle turning right from Kennington Park Road into Braganza Street in 2015. Similar collisions have also been recorded at this junction. We are proposing improvements to the junction for vulnerable road users in response to the Coroner’s recommendations and to improve the overall safety of the junction for road users.
Our plan is to modify the junction to create a ‘right turn only phase’ for traffic turning from Kennington Park Road into Braganza Street. This will remove the conflict between drivers turning right and vehicles progressing straight on southbound through the junction. Our full proposals include:
- A separately controlled right turn from Kennington Park Road into Braganza Street. Drivers turning right will be held at a red signal while southbound traffic moves, completely removing the potential for right turn conflict
- Creating a northbound segregated cycle by-pass of the junction
- Shortening the loading bay on the north-east side of the junction to allow for the cycle by-pass, while leaving space for deliveries to local shops and businesses to continue
- Providing an earlier green signal for cyclists using the junction. This will allow cyclists to be clear of the junction before other vehicles move, reducing conflict
- Reallocate northbound traffic lanes with designated lane markings for ahead and right turning movements. This will allow free flow of northbound traffic without having to wait for right turning vehicles to clear the junction
- Introducing a banned left turn into Braganza Street, except for cyclists, removing the risk of conflict between left turning drivers and cyclists and motorcyclists moving stratight ahead
- Extending the southbound bus lane to the junction
- Removing a short stretch of northbound bus lane to allow for the new road layout
We want your views on our proposals to make the streets we manage in central London 20mph by 2020 and the associated measures.
Last year, in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), we published the Vision Zero Action Plan. The Action Plan sets out our ambition to eliminate death and serious injury from London’s transport network by 2041.
It details our plans to reduce road danger, including proposals to implement a 20mph speed limit on the roads we operate and manage in central London.
We’ve been working to determine the most effective way of implementing the new speed limits and are now ready to share our plans with you.
We’ve provided more information about our proposals on this page and would like your feedback before we progress this important safety programme.