Section 11: West India Dock Road

Closed 21 Jun 2019

Opened 9 May 2019

Overview

West India Dock Road is a wide busy road with a complex layout. It is the access road for the Limehouse Link and the main road into Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs. It is a barrier for the residential communities on either side. Our proposals here aim to reduce the dominance of motor traffic by reducing the number of lanes, adding a segregated cycleway, improving pedestrian crossings and planting new trees and green space.

Summary of proposals

  • Segregated two way cycle track on the eastern side of West India Dock Road (between Commercial Road and Hertsmere Road)
  • Pedestrian improvements throughout on western side of West India Dock Road between Hertsmere Road and Grenade Street by provision of wider pavements
  • Traffic calming measures including vehicle lane reduction pavement buildouts on eastern side of West India Dock Road
  • Lane reduction from three lanes to two on the northbound section of West India Dock Road
  • Changes to some bus stop layouts and locations, including new bus stop bypasses for cyclists
  • Road resurfacing providing a more comfortable surface for cyclists, pedestrians and buses
  • New and improved public and green spaces, including new paving and trees
  • Upgrade of existing crossing near Rugg Street to a Toucan crossing, making it easier and safer to cross the road for both pedestrians and cyclists
  • New loading bay added on the eastern side of West India Dock Road
  • Proposed connection to CS3

Improvements for cycling

  • Segregated two way cycle track continues on the eastern side of West India Dock Road between Commercial Road and Hertsmere Road
  • The two-way cycle track would be 3 wide, the segregating kerb would be a minimum of 0.5 metres wide
  • Contrasting surfacing would be used at some side roads and vehicle access points to remind motorists of the presence of cyclists
  • Cyclists would have priority through Birchfield Street junction with West India Dock Road
  • Connection to CS3 via the existing cycle crossing across West India Dock Road
  • New cycle ramp connecting to Hertsmere Road

Improvements for walking

  • Pavement buildout  on western side of West India Dock Road  between Hertsmere Road and Grenade Street by provision of wider pavements creating more space for pedestrians and improving pedestrian comfort level
  • Toucan crossing on West India Dock Road, outside West India House to replace existing pedestrian crossing
  • Continuous footway on West India Dock Road at the junction with Rugg Street,  and on Grenade Street, crossing raised to same height as pavement to calm traffic and make it easier to cross
  • The junction with West India Dock Road and Pennyfields will be raised to the same height as the pavement to calm traffic and make it easier to cross
  • New urban realm improvements on the central islands including new trees and planting

Changes to Buses

  • Southbound bus stop WU on West India Dock Road at the approach to Rugg Street (outside West India House) relocated 60m further south with a new bypass for cyclists
  • Bus lane between Slater Street and Westferry Road to be raised to pavement level to improve walking environment along West India Dock Road. The bus lane remain in contrasting materials to the pavement and tactile paving will be provided

Changes to road design and layout

  • Westbound approach to Commercial Road junction to be reduced from three lanes to two to accommodate the cycle track
  • Proposed continuous foot way on Pennyfields junction with West India Dock Road at same height as pavement to calm traffic and make it easier to cross
  • Island protection for vehicles to give-way to cyclists on West India Dock Road access into Pennyfields / Birchfield Street.
  • Removal of one westbound ahead lane at Westferry Road/West India Dock Road junction. Two ahead lanes and two left turn lanes will be retained
  • Removal of one traffic lane on the eastbound approach to West India Dock Road/Westferry Road junction
  • Two trees removed from the central island on the approach to the junction with Burdett Road. More trees would be planted on Islands further south on Burdett Road

Changes to parking and loading

  • Police parking reduced from 19 to four parking spaces to accommodate the new cycle track
  • Single yellow line restriction on West India Dock Road on the south side of A13 junction removed, dedicated loading bay provided further south on West India Dock Road
  • Removal of one parking bay on Pennyfields, junction with West India Dock Road to accommodate junction changes

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Areas

  • Hackney
  • Tower Hamlets

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Cycling
  • Junction Improvements
  • Roads
  • Walking
  • Urban realm improvements
  • Air Quality