Proposed changes along the A20 between New Cross and Lewisham

Closed 1 Nov 2015

Opened 28 Sep 2015

Results Updated 6 Apr 2016

Last year we held a consultation on a number of changes to the A20 between New Cross and Lewisham. We had nearly 200 responses to the consultation, and since then we have been carefully evaluating the comments received.

We wanted to merge and relocate some of the crossings along this stretch of the road, and 63% of responses opposed these proposals. When we analysed the comments, most people expressed a need to keep the crossings by Lewisham Southwark College, Tressillian Road, St John’s station and St John’s Medical Centre. Due to the low use of the crossing by Algernon Road, and the new signalised crossing nearby at Jerrard Street we have decided the Algernon Road crossing can be removed. All the other crossings will remain in where they are and they will be upgraded over the next year (2015-16). This means all pedestrian crossings will be a common crossing type, and we will be able to link the signals with SCOOT control to ensure a smoother traffic flow. This will provide some benefits along this road for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike.

Our proposals also included changes to the bus and cycle lanes, and changes to the side road junctions. The majority of people supported these proposals, so we will continue with these.

All the information on our consultation can be found in the consultation report here. (PDF document).

Overview

Update 3 February 2016

Last year we held a consultation on a number of changes to the A20 between New Cross and Lewisham. We had nearly 200 responses to the consultation, and since then we have been carefully evaluating the comments received.

We wanted to merge and relocate some of the crossings along this stretch of the road, and 63% of responses opposed these proposals. When we analysed the comments, most people expressed a need to keep the crossings by Lewisham Southwark College, Tressillian Road, St John’s station and St John’s Medical Centre. Due to the low use of the crossing by Algernon Road, and the new signalised crossing nearby at Jerrard Street we have decided the Algernon Road crossing can be removed. All the other crossings will remain in where they are and they will be upgraded over the next year (2015-16). This means all pedestrian crossings will be a common crossing type, and we will be able to link the signals with SCOOT control to ensure a smoother traffic flow. This will provide some benefits along this road for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike.

Our proposals also included changes to the bus and cycle lanes, and changes to the side road junctions. The majority of people supported these proposals, so we will continue with these.

All the information on our consultation can be found in the consultation report here. (PDF document).

Update ends

We proposed a package of improvements along the A20 between New Cross and Lewisham. These proposals aimed to improve safety and reduce the potential for delays to journey times for all road users.

What we proposed

We proposed a number of changes to this stretch of road including changes to the bus and cycle lanes, pedestrian crossings and junctions with side roads.

The main proposals included:

  • Merging some of the existing pedestrian crossings along the A20 so crossings are more evenly spaced and creating a new signalised pedestrian crossing on Loampit Vale at the junction with Jerrard Street. Overall this would have resulted in the loss of one pedestrian crossing.
  • Upgrading all pedestrian crossings to include countdown timers to ensure a safer and consistent standard which is easy for pedestrians to use
  • Safety measures at side road junctions which included narrowing the entrances, installing raised tables and providing ‘Keep Clear’ markings on the road
  • Changes to bus lanes, which included extending the bus lane along Loampit Vale by 300m towards Lewisham Town Centre to reduce potential delays to bus journey times, and replacing a 100m section of bus lane opposite Lewisham College with a section of advisory cycle lane to create more space for cyclists and general traffic
     

As there are a number of changes proposed for the road, we have outlined these geographically below.

Lewisham Way

Our proposals affected the stretch of A20 Lewisham Way between Friendly Street and Tyrwhitt Road. The changes were outlined on the map and there is more information about the specific proposals below.

Bus and cycle lane

There is a pinch point on Lewisham Way opposite Lewisham Southwark College. We want to improve safety for vehicles on the road, so we proposed to remove 100 metres of the eastbound bus lane and provide a 1.5 metre advisory cycle lane in its place. This will provide more space for cyclists and general traffic. The eastbound bus lane will start again just before St John’s Vale, and be widened to 3 metres. To improve bus journey times we are proposing a 300 metre extension to the eastbound bus lane (please read the section below on Loampit Vale to find out more).

We also proposed to extend the existing westbound cycle lane from Tyrwhitt Road to the new proposed crossing, and over the junctions with Breakspears Road and Tressillian Road.

Pedestrian crossings

We wanted to make sure pedestrian crossings are safe and well used. Our proposals included upgrading the existing pedestrian crossing near Lewisham Southwark College to include countdown facilities.

There are a number of crossings along this stretch of road, which means traffic stops regularly. We wanted to make sure crossings are more evenly spaced along the road in convenient locations. Because of this we proposed to remove the existing puffin crossing near Tressilian Road, and the pelican crossing near Tyrwhitt Road. We wanted to consolidate these and instead install a new pedestrian crossing to the east of St John’s Vale, inbetween the two crossings proposed for removal. This new location will be better placed to help commuters get to the train station, and would help traffic flow more easily without too many interruptions. The new crossing will be around 50 metres from the existing crossing at Tressilian Road and 40 metres from the existing crossing by Tyrwhitt Road.

Junction safety improvements

We proposed to narrow the junctions at Breakspears Road, Tressillian Road, and Tyrwhitt Road to 6 metres. We will  be installing ‘raised tables’ (where the road surface is raised to footway level at the junction entrance) and ‘Keep Clear’ markings on the road. These measures will help to slow vehicles down as they enter and exit the junction, making it easier for vehicles to see. These changes will also increase the amount of pavement available, which would make it easier and safer for pedestrians walking along Lewisham Way.
 

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Loampit Hill

Our proposals affected the whole of the A20 Loampit Hill. We outlined the changes on the map, and included more information on the specific proposals below.

Bus and cycle lane

The existing westbound cycle lane between Algernon Road and Sunninghill Road is under the minimum recommended width. As the pavement here is quite narrow we can’t widen the road. Instead, we proposed to realign the road markings and remove the cycle lane. This will create a wider westbound lane which will encourage cyclists to take an appropriate position in the main traffic lane and reduce the chances of them being squeezed against the kerb by passing motorists.

Pedestrian crossings

Our proposals included removing the pedestrian crossing near Sunninghill Road, and the puffin crossing near Algernon Road. We will replace these with one new pedestrian crossing in the middle of these, next to the junction with Elswick Road. By standardising the type of crossing and include countdown timers we will make a safer environment for pedestrians. This is will be evenly spaced along the road and will help traffic to flow better. The new crossing will be 70 metres from the Sunninghill Road crossing, and 90 metres from the Algernon Road crossing.

Junction safety improvements

We  proposed to narrow the junctions at Sandrock Road, Somerset Gardens, Undercliff Road, Halesworth Road, Sunninghill Road and Algernon Road to 6 metres. We will also install raised tables (where the road surface is raised to footway level at the junction entrance), and ‘Keep Clear’ markings at these junctions, as well as at the junctions with Elswick Road. As outlined earlier, these measures slow vehicles and improve safety for all users.
 


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Loampit Vale

We propose to extend the eastbound bus lane on Loampit Vale and install a new pedestrian crossing.

Bus lane

Currently the bus lane on Loampit Vale ends just before the railway bridge (near the junction with Jerrard Street). We  propose to extend this by approximately 300 metres towards Lewisham town centre. Cyclists, taxis and motorcycles will also be able to use the extended bus lane, which will operate between 7-10am and 4-7pm, Monday to Saturday. The proposed extension will mean we can improve bus journey times and ensure a more reliable service for passengers.

We  proposed to convert the existing cycle lane, and left hand traffic lane into the bus lane. In some areas we also need to narrow the pavement slightly to make room. However, our proposals make sure that the recommended distance of at least 2 metres is retained so pedestrians can move easily.

Pedestrian crossing

We proposed to replace the existing unsignalised pedestrian crossing at Jerrard Street with a signalised crossing that includes countdown timers. The new crossing would be ‘staggered’ with pedestrians using a new refuge island between crossing the other side of the road to improve circulation. Signalising this crossing would improve safety and would serve the new development at Thurston Point.

Please note: The pedestrian crossing opposite Glass Mill Leisure Centre is not included in our proposals, this crossing will remain in place as part of Lewisham Gateway.
 

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Impact of our proposals

Currently there are high levels of stops and delays to traffic flow between New Cross and Lewisham. We proposed to merge some of the crossings, which will results in the loss of one crossing on this stretch of road. By reducing the number of pedestrian crossings and extending the bus lane, we can make sure traffic flows more easily. We have found that by standardising the type of crossings along a route we can control traffic better and ensure a safer environment for pedestrians.

Our initial research showed that whilst we are removing some lanes we can protect and reduce journey time for all vehicles along this corridor by realigning the road layout.

Areas

  • Lewisham

Audiences

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

Interests

  • Roads