Request for traffic safety measures in and around Redbridge roundabout

Date petition submitted: 
09 December 2014
Petition presented by: 
Murad Qureshi (past staff) AM,
Petition presented at: 
London Assembly Plenary

Summary of petition

“We, the undersigned, are concerned about the slow moving of traffic in and around Redbridge roundabout, which has serious health implication for local residents. Traffic entering and leaving the roundabout into Redbridge Lane East and subsequently into surrounding roads, including Roding Lane South, moves at a slow pace and is often stationary during rush hours in the morning and late afternoons /evenings. For local drivers it is taking 45 minutes or more just to reach the roundabout. Residents, including our resident Councillor Gurdial BHAM RA, are frustrated and concerned about the high level of pollution and its impact on all, especially children and residents who are walking through the polluted air. This problem has been highlighted before: Surveys were conducted by LBR Meetings were held with LBR, London Buses and TFL representatives. Tfl and LBR expressed an understanding but no concrete steps have been taken to reduce the impact. We urge the council and mayor of London to take remedial action by: Shortening the phasing of traffic lights for slip road from A406 to allow at least 5 vehicles to enter the roundabout from Redbridge Lane East OR Installing traffic lights at the junction to control the flow of traffic. LBR to carry out traffic study for a bigger area and produce traffic plans to reduce this problem.”

Response information

Name of person responding: 
The Mayor
Response date: 
30 January 2015
Thank you for the petition which you presented to the London Assembly (Plenary) meeting on 9 December 2014 about traffic in and around Redbridge Roundabout. I apologise for the delay in responding to you. Transport for London (TfL) is aware that motorists can face difficulties navigating Redbridge Roundabout during busy periods, especially on the exit arm from Redbridge Lane East. As you are probably aware, the roundabout is part of the TfL road Network, while the London Borough of Redbridge is the highway authority responsible for Redbridge Lane East. TfL has looked at how it can improve the situation at this junction. While I full appreciate the concerns highlighted in the petition, I am afraid there is no easy solution. The A12 and A406 also feed this junction meaning there is a high volume of vehicles. TfL has installed traffic detection loops outside the bus station to detect stationary vehicles. This then extends the red signal time at te nearby junction on the roundabout to create a bigger gap for traffic to exit Redbridge Lane East. The loops begin to work as soon as there are two or three cars waiting to exit Redbridge Lane East and continue to work as long there are stationary vehicles on top of them. Unfortunately, increasing the red signal time for these gaps to allow more traffic to exit Redbridge Lane East as suggested in the petition would heavily impact the A406 and A12 which carry large amounts of traffic. TfL will continue to keep the junction under review. TfL is also working with Redbridge to investigate possible layout changes that could help improve the operation of the junction. Thank you again for writing to me.