Upper Thames Street

MQT on 2007-01-30
Session date: 
January 30, 2007
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I have been pursuing as casework for over a year the question of whether pedestrian crossing facilities in Upper Thames Street by Southwark Bridge can be improved. Unfortunately this has repeatedly been shunted into the part of TfL highways that cannot do anything, without a major, multi-year traffic study. Meanwhile, pedestrians are forced to wait an inordinately long time for green lights and are taking risks. As the office and residential community on the riverside grows the demand for improved pedestrian facilities will grow too. Can you let my constituents and employers know how you are going to cut through this sclerotic bureaucracy?


Answer for Upper Thames Street

Answer for Upper Thames Street

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In response, TfL is actively seeking to develop (as a stand-alone scheme) a safe, workable solution that removes the current staggered crossings, and allows pedestrians to cross in one movement thereby reducing both the waiting and crossing times. The intention is to achieve this through the introduction of an `all-red to vehicle' stage although this is not straight-forward owing to the need to maintain the existing cycle facilities at the junction. The standard approach to resolving these issues would significantly increase vehicle delays and queues, and so an unconventional proposal is being considered that seeks to permit pedestrians and cycles to 'share' the road-space and the crossing time provided during the `all-red vehicle' stage. An implementation programme is being prepared for the proposal. Owing to the departures from normally adopted standards in the layout of roads the proposal will require approval from the Department of Transport.Whilst this proposal is being progressed, the development of a detailed traffic model of Upper Thames Street (the major traffic study you refer) is progressing. The purpose of this study is to assess the impact of the introduction of further pedestrian improvements at other locations along Upper Thames Street.I will ask TfL to brief you on the work they have done to date.