Pedestrian crossings on Putney High Street

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-12-19
Session date: 
December 19, 2012
Reference: 
2012/4384
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I have been asked to raise concerns about the pedestrian crossings on Putney High Street. My constituent feels that vehicles blocking the crossing and short pedestrian crossing times are a real danger to residents. What will the Mayor do to resolve this problem?

Answer

Answer for Pedestrian crossings on Putney High Street

Answer for Pedestrian crossings on Putney High Street

Answered By: 
The Mayor

This matter will be referred again to the London Borough of Wandsworth, which is the highway authority for this borough road.

The timings in Putney High Street were last reviewed as of the end of December 2010. As part of this review SCOOT, a computer controlled system to optimise the traffic signal timings to reduce delays, was implemented, which meant that the signal timings can adjust dynamically in response to fluctuations in traffic flow, leading to better use of available green time at each junction. During the timing review there were instances where vehicles were observed to block pedestrian crossings at the junction of Putney High Street/Putney Hill/ Upper Richmond Road during the AM and PM peak periods when vehicle demand was at its highest. This was mainly due to poor driver behaviour and non-compliance with the yellow box junction which is in operation at this site.

There were also instances where the pedestrian crossing at the junction of Putney High Street/Lacy Road is demanded and again the yellow box junction was not obeyed. This was again during the AM and PM peaks when vehicle demand was at its highest.

All pedestrian crossings on Putney High Street have timings that are in accordance with national guidelines, which provide a safe period of time to cross the road.

The London Borough of Wandsworth are currently implementing a £500k TfL-funded Urban Realm scheme on Putney High St, which aims to widen footways and improve conditions in general for pedestrians. This is due for completion in April 2013.