Waterloo to Greenwich Quietways (Tower Bridge Road - Rothsay Street - Webb Street)

Closed 26 Feb 2015

Opened 15 Jan 2015

Results Updated 6 Apr 2016

In January Transport for London (TfL) consulted on the plans for the Waterloo to Greenwich Quietway 1 route at the junction of Tower Bridge Road/Rothsay Street/Webb Street.

We received 72 responses to the consultation, of which 53 supported or partially supported our proposals. Thank you too all those who responded.

The main three issues raised as a result of the consultation were:

  1. Pedestrian/cycle/shared space conflict
  2. The stop line on Tower Bridge Road
  3. Safety concerns (narrow road widths/speed)
     

Having considered all responses to the consultation and reviewed our proposals, we intend to proceed with the scheme, although with some changes to the design. We have added measures to reduce the potential for pedestrian/cyclist conflict. The changes include:

  • Additional cycle and pedestrian signage
     
  • Having one consistent footway surfacing material on the Webb Street side, to emphasise that cyclists are entering footway
     
  • Raised road surface at the Webb Street junction entrance to emphasise to cyclists that they are crossing footway (as also proposed at Rothsay Street)
     
  • Using directional markings or tiles to channel eastbound/westbound cyclists
     

The scheme will be delivered in conjunction with TfL’s Environmental Improvement works to the footways on Tower Bridge Road, that are currently in progress. The scheme will also be co-ordinated with work being undertaken by the London Borough of Southwark’s Quietway programme and the construction to Grange School in Webb Street.

Construction of the TfL scheme is planned to begin at the end of September 2015 and is expected to take about six weeks. We will write to local residents and businesses with details of the planned works.

Click here for a copy of our Response to Consultation report

Overview


Update – June 2015

In January Transport for London (TfL) consulted on the plans for the Waterloo to Greenwich Quietway 1 route at the junction of Tower Bridge Road/Rothsay Street/Webb Street.

We received 72 responses to the consultation, of which 53 supported or partially supported our proposals. Thank you too all those who responded.

The main three issues raised as a result of the consultation were:

  1. Pedestrian/cycle/shared space conflict
  2. The stop line on Tower Bridge Road
  3. Safety concerns (narrow road widths/speed)
     

Having considered all responses to the consultation and reviewed our proposals, we intend to proceed with the scheme, although with some changes to the design. We have added measures to reduce the potential for pedestrian/cyclist conflict. The changes include:

  • Additional cycle and pedestrian signage
     
  • Having one consistent footway surfacing material on the Webb Street side, to emphasise that cyclists are entering footway
     
  • Raised road surface at the Webb Street junction entrance to emphasise to cyclists that they are crossing footway (as also proposed at Rothsay Street)
     
  • Using directional markings or tiles to channel eastbound/westbound cyclists
     

The scheme will be delivered in conjunction with TfL’s Environmental Improvement works to the footways on Tower Bridge Road, that are currently in progress. The scheme will also be co-ordinated with work being undertaken by the London Borough of Southwark’s Quietway programme and the construction to Grange School in Webb Street.

Construction of the TfL scheme is planned to begin at the end of September 2015 and is expected to take about six weeks. We will write to local residents and businesses with details of the planned works.

Click here for a copy of our Response to Consultation report

Details of the original consultation are included below:

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Have your say on proposed changes to the Tower Bridge Road junction with Rothsay Street and Webb Street

What are we proposing?

As part of the Quietways programme, Transport for London (TfL) is developing proposals to enhance facilities for cyclists and pedestrians, whilst minimising adverse impacts on other road users. We would like to know your views on the proposed changes to the changes to the junction of Tower Bridge Road with Rothsay Street and Webb Street.

The Tower Bridge Road junction with Rothsay Street and Webb Street is part of TfL’s road network and is on the Inner Ring Road. The junction also forms part of the proposed route of the Waterloo to Greenwich Quietway, which runs across Tower Bridge Road, between Rothsay Street to Webb Street. In July 2014 LB Southwark (LBS) undertook consultation on their proposals for this section of the route on the roads that it maintains.

LBS’s consultation documentation included proposals to make Rothsay Street one-way away from Tower Bridge Road for all traffic with a contra-flow cycle lane. As agreed with LBS, this subsequent TfL consultation proposes the closure of Rothsay Street from Tower Bridge Road to all traffic except cycles and emergency vehicles. This means the contra-flow cycle lane is no longer proposed and Rothsay Street will retain two-way traffic working up to the closure at its junction with Tower Bridge Road. These changes will provide more space and a better level of service for cyclists and pedestrians at the junction. Access to and from Tower Bridge Road will be maintained for local traffic via Alice Street and Green Walk. 

We are working in conjunction with the London boroughs and other key stakeholders to deliver the entire route. The London boroughs will consult locally on their respective section.

The proposed consultation junction plan can be seen here.

 

Why are we proposing this?

We are determined to ensure London’s roads are safer for cyclists. Tower Bridge Road / Rothsay Street and Webb Street is a busy junction and the proposed modified junctions reflect the emerging improvements in cycling infrastructure design standards to:

  • Improve safety for cyclists
  • Increase the number of cyclists and cycle journeys
  • Reduce journey times for cyclists
  • Use innovative design features recognised as best practice
  • Reduce traffic speeds
  • Improve the environment for local residents and businesses
  • Not to disbenefit other road users

 

Proposed junction design changes

We are proposing these changes to the two junctions to create enhanced space for cycling improvements. Please refer to the consultation junction plan here.

Tower Bridge Road

  1. Footway widened. This will increase the space available to pedestrians around the junction and make the length of the Pelican crossing shorter. It will also help to reduce the speed of traffic entering Webb Street
  2. Parallel cycle crossing* with cycle only signals and dedicated stop lines. This facility will mean that cyclists and pedestrians will not need to share the same crossing (known as a Toucan). Cyclists will also benefit from the reduction in the stagger between Rothsay Street and Webb Street
  1. The existing Pelican crossing will be relocated closer to Rothsay Street and its width increased to 3.2 metres. This will provide a more direct route for pedestrians, including school children, crossing Tower Bridge Road by reducing the stagger between Rothsay Street and Webb Street. It will also improve crossing facilities for the mobility impaired

 

Webb Street

  1. New raised entry treatment on Webb Street. This measure will help to reduce the speed of traffic entering Webb Street as well as improving pedestrian comfort when walking across the mouth of the junction
  2. Webb Street made one-way from Tower Bridge Road. This proposal was contained in the LBS’s consultation material
  3. Contra-flow cycle lane replaces existing parking. This proposal was contained in the LBS’s consultation material

 

Rothsay Street

  1. Rothsay Street closed to traffic except cycles and emergency vehicles at its junction with Tower Bridge Road. This will reduce the impact of the staggered alignment to improve pedestrian and cyclist crossing desire lines between Rothsay Street and Webb Street. The low traffic flows currently using Rothsay Street can use Alice Street and Green Walk to access Tower Bridge Road
  1. Raised carriageway in Rothsay Street. The carriageway will be raised to footway level to dissuade general traffic from trying to access Rothsay Street.  It will also to improve pedestrian comfort when walking across the mouth of the junction
  1. New bollard. This is to deter unauthorised traffic from using Rothsay Street. The style and type of bollard will be determined during the detailed design process

 

* This will be allowed in the revised Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (2015) to be published in March 2015.

 

The consultation junction plan shows the current proposals (the numbers above relate to the areas on the plan). Further design for construction will follow this consultation, and as a result the works may change.

The proposed consultation junction plan can be seen here

 

How would the proposals affect other road users?

Other road users will not be adversely affected by the proposals. Traffic modeling indicates that there will not be any noticeable delays to traffic or pedestrians using the junctions.

 

Construction work

Subject to the outcome of this consultation, we plan to start construction work in early 2015. Construction will cause some disruption, although we will work to minimise the impact as much as possible. We will write to local residents and businesses before undertaking work in this area.

 

How do I have my say?

Please tell us your views by using our online survey LINK. The deadline for comments is Thursday 26 February 2015.

Paper copies of plans and response forms are available by emailing us at consultations@tfl.gov.uk, or writing to FREEPOST TFL CONSULTATIONS or calling 0343 222 1155. Please reference ‘Quietways – Tower-Rothsay-Webb’ in all communication.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Public
  • Stakeholders
  • Local residents
  • Local businesses
  • Schools
  • London Boroughs
  • Coach Operators
  • Taxi trade
  • Transport for London
  • Taxi customers and other stakeholders

Interests

  • Cycling
  • Junction Improvements
  • Transport for London Road Network
  • TfL consultations