Deptford Broadway junction needs “complete redesign”

11 December 2014

Darren Johnson, Green Party Member of the London Assembly, has responded to TfL’s consultation on its planned changes to Deptford Broadway junction.

Whilst welcoming the fact that TfL are looking at this dangerous junction that currently has no signalised pedestrian crossings and is a big danger for cyclists, Darren has raised numerous concerns about TfL’s current proposals (1).

Darren has consistently fought for action on this dangerous junction and has tabled a number of formal questions over the years. In July 2014 he secured a commitment from the Mayor of London that TfL would be bringing forward plans for improvements (2).

Darren Johnson AM meets with pedestrians and cyclists at Deptford Broadway in March 2014

Darren commented,

“Although I welcome the acknowledgement from TfL that signalised crossings and improved cycle provision are needed at Deptford Broadway, after years of inaction, I have a number of concerns about the current proposals. Deptford Broadway is a complete nightmare for both pedestrians and cyclists and needs a complete overhaul rather than minor tweaks.”

“The last thing we want is for cyclists to be placed in even more danger on poorly thought-out cycle lanes but this is a real possibility under the current plans. I have urged TfL to look again at its proposals and seize this once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform this awful traffic-dominated junction into a high quality public space instead of tinkering around the edges.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

Darren’s formal question to the Mayor of London on this issue:

Lack of pedestrian crossing facilities at Deptford Broadway

Question No: 2014/2348

Darren Johnson

At Deptford Broadway in Lewisham pedestrians are forced to negotiate nine lanes of fast-moving traffic due to a total absence of crossing facilities at this busy junction. Despite assurances from you (2663/2009) and your predecessor (0649/2005), this junction remains as dangerous as ever. Will you as Chair of TfL order an immediate TfL investigation into how a pedestrian stage can be accommodated at this junction, and ensure works are completed as soon as possible?

Written response from the Mayor

I am pleased to report that a preliminary design is in discussion which could potentially achieve this. This proposal will be finalised and modelled in detail before it is shared with stakeholders later this year, and TfL will be happy to share this with you.

2. Darren carried out a fact-finding visit to the junction in March 2014: https://www.london.gov.uk/media/assembly-member-press-releases/green-party/2014/03/operational-note-darren-johnson-am-meets-with-cyclists-to Please also see attached photo of Darren with pedestrian and cycling campaigners.

3. Darren Johnson AM is available for comment