As part of ongoing Crossrail work in the North Woolwich and Silvertown area, construction work to create a tunnel portal on the site of the former North London line between Albert Road and Factory Road is underway. The tunnel portal is being constructed before the main tunnel works begin, allowing Crossrail’s tunnelling machines to burrow their way underground. Once constructed the Thames Tunnel will allow Crossrail trains to serve Woolwich and Abbey Wood.
In order to continue to construct the portal, Crossrail are planning to make further changes to traffic arrangements in the area. The plans developed by Crossrail will affect how traffic flows through the area and how buses serve the community.
TfL and Crossrail have been working with Newham Council to ensure residents in and around Albert Road, Holt Road, Kennard Street and Winifred Street are able to continue using bus routes 473 and 474.
Travelling west towards Silvertown
Traffic on Albert Road would be restricted to one lane, and be westbound only between Winifred Street and just east of Lord Street (at the existing location of the crossover between Factory and Albert Roads). Westbound traffic would then continue along Factory Road as now. The eastern end of Factory Road has now been closed.
Travelling east towards North Woolwich
Eastbound traffic on Albert Road, including buses on routes 473 and 474 would be diverted along Holt Road, Newland Street and Winifred Street.
Managing traffic in the area
To help ensure traffic continues to flow, Holt Road would be made one-way northbound and Winifred Street made one-way southbound. Kennard Street would be opened up at the junction with Albert Road to allow a new route for local northbound traffic.
Newland Street, between Lord Street and Sheldrake Close would continue to be open to traffic in both directions.
Along Albert Road between Winfield Street and St John’s Church, traffic lights will continue to control the single lane alternate direction of traffic. No diversions are necessary around this section.
A number of associated parking measures are also being developed. The details of these will be communicated separately.
Where will buses stop?
Because eastbound buses would not be able to serve the existing bus stops in Albert Road, we are proposing that two new bus stops are installed in Newland Street. One bus stop would be located close to the path leading to Hartmann Road, with the second located near to the junction of Kennard Street. Where necessary the pavement would be enlarged to allow space for passengers to get on and off and wait for buses safely.
We have looked at what other options may exist for buses and general traffic. Maintaining bus services through the area has been our greatest priority. Temporarily withdrawing the routes and providing a shuttle bus of some sort would not offer good value. Our proposal means that vital links will continue to be provided
When do you propose to start the diversions?
We are proposing that the bus and traffic diversions are implemented after the Olympic and Paralympic Games in late September. It is anticipated that these diversions will be in place for approximately three years. Please refer to the map in related documents below.
What happens next?
We take the views of the local community seriously and are working in partnership with Crossrail and Newham Council to listen to the thoughts and opinions put to us, whilst continuing to keep disruption to a minimum during the construction period. Comments received will help inform our decision making process.
Crossrail will be undertaking a review of traffic and pedestrian management within the Albert Road area. The review will look at how access and interchange with the local bus network can be improved – such as traffic calming or pedestrian crossing points. Crossrail will be discussing the findings of the review with Newham Council before any changes are made which will be communicated separately.
We would welcome any comments you may have on our proposals for traffic in the area by 14th September 2012.
Please provide your feedback by completing the online form below or by writing to us using our Freepost address:
Freepost, RRZL-CUSK-AAEE, ‘Crossrail North Woolwich’, TfL Consultation Delivery Team, Transport for London, Palestra, 197 Blackfriars Road, SE1 8NJ
For further information about Crossrail visit www.crossrail.co.uk or call their 24-hour helpline 0345 602 3813.