Bow Roundabout (2)

MQT on 2013-11-20
Session date: 
November 20, 2013
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


'TfL has always refused to install safe toucan crossings for pedestrians and cyclists across the slip roads at Bow Roundabout, in particular on the northbound slip road to the A12, because their modelling forecast that constructing this crossing would cause motor traffic gridlock through Mile End and to Whitechapel. For the past few weeks the northbound slip road has been closed due to Crossrail works and whilst traffic queues have increased, particularly at peak times, this is partly due to the works on the Cycle Path. Will you now accept that TfL's modelling is flawed and instruct TfL to install safe facilities for cyclists and pedestrians on the roundabout (and replace the confusing and dangerous early start for cyclists)?'


Answer for Bow Roundabout (2)

Answer for Bow Roundabout (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL has been working to improve cycle and pedestrian safety at Bow Roundabout for a number of years. The modelling forecast you have referred to include the provision of controlled crossing on all arms of the roundabout which would in turn have an impact on traffic flow at all approaches.

Current traffic conditions around the roundabout during the works cannot be used to make any meaningful decisions about feasibility of providing improved cycle and pedestrian facilities at the junction. The continuing temporary closure of the A12 northbound slip road from Bow Roundabout is part of Crossrail's major utility works. The mitigation measures for the Crossrail works also include diversion routes for traffic wishing to travel north on the A12 from Bow Roundabout which has resulted in less vehicles using the Roundabout than normal.

The works are scheduled for completion April / May 2014 although one lane of the slip road should be open by mid-December 2013. In the meantime, TfL is continuously undertaking real-time monitoring to ensure that disruption is minimised on surrounding roads.