Easing congestion at East Croydon/NLA roundabouts

Plenary on 2004-01-14
Session date: 
January 14, 2004
Question By: 
Andrew Pelling
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Ken Livingstone


What role is there for the GLA family in easing the snarl-ups at the East Croydon/NLA roundabouts where many bus passengers find their journeys inordinately delayed by the capacity and signalling problems there, where the tram gets the fullest priority? . Are bus passengers worth less than tram passengers? .


Answer for Easing congestion at East Croydon/NLA roundabouts

Answer for Easing congestion at East Croydon/NLA roundabouts

Answered By: 
Ken Livingstone

The London Bus Initiative has examined the NLA Tower junctions under the Route 119. The study examined options regarding signal timings as well as general intersection geometry and turning movements. The available road widths do not allow for significant modifications to the geometry of the junctions to improve capacity or bus priority.The powers afforded to Tramlink provide absolute priority to trams at this location through the signalling timings. I understand many users of Tramlink value it because it is speedy and reliable, which is of course a reflection of the priority it receives at the junction.Continued development in the area does nothing to reduce traffic congestion and delay at this locality, and therefore TfL is strenuously making representations to limit the provision of parking in new developments in this area. In the longer term, the Post Office, on the north west corner of the NLA Tower junction is expected to come up for re-development. This may provide an opportunity for improved bus routing through the junction.The aim is to strike a balance between the needs of different road users, as is stated in the Transport Strategy. GLA and Croydon Council support for low/no additional development parking in the area, would help to protect bus journey times through this area. .