Have your say on proposals for new pedestrian and cycle crossings at Charlie Brown’s Roundabout

Closed 4 Aug 2017

Opened 30 Jun 2017

Results Updated 23 Nov 2017

We received 462 responses to the consultation. 452 responses were from members of the public and ten were from stakeholders. Thanks to all those who provided their views.

84 per cent of the responses supported or strongly supported the proposed changes, 3 per cent neither supported nor opposed them, while 9 per cent opposed or strongly opposed them. 3 per cent didn’t answer.

After considering all of the consultation responses, we have decided to go ahead with the scheme as proposed. We plan to start implementing the changes in summer 2018.

To view the full consultation report and our responses to issues raised, please click on the links below:

Charlie Brown’s – Consultation report (PDF)

Charlie Brown’s – Response to Issues Raised report (PDF)

Overview

We are proposing improvements for pedestrians and cyclists by providing signalised shared ‘Toucan’ crossings for pedestrians and cyclists on all four arms of Charlie Brown’s Roundabout. Presently there are no signalised crossings at the roundabout. Pedestrians and cyclists using the existing un-signalised informal crossing points need to wait for a safe gap in the traffic to cross, which can be difficult at times and make them feel unsafe. 

What are we proposing?

We are proposing to introduce signal-controlled pedestrian and cycle signals at Charlie Brown’s Roundabout. This would also include some build outs of the kerb and central reservations to enable us to safely provide the crossings.

A drawing showing the proposed changes at Charlie Brown's Roundabout

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We have split the proposals into four sections:

  • Section 1 (western arm) – includes two new signalised crossings just to the west of the current uncontrolled crossing points
  • Section 2 (northern arm) – includes a new signalised crossing and a wider central island to slow down vehicles approaching the crossing
  • Section 3 (eastern arm) – includes a new staggered signalised crossing just to the east of the current uncontrolled crossing point
  • Section 4 (southern arm) – includes a new ‘staggered’ signalised crossing and a new wider central reservation

We are also proposing to widen the footways around the roundabout to give more space for pedestrians and cyclists. This would involve removal of small areas of grass verge.

The following maps show where each crossing is proposed and where we would need to widen the footway.

Section 1:

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Section 2:

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Section 3:

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Section 4:

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Why are we proposing this?

The objective of the scheme is to provide safer crossing facilities for pedestrians and cyclists at the roundabout. The proposals are designed to help us achieve our objectives of creating better, safer places to walk, improving accessibility, reducing casualties on London’s roads and enhancing the quality of life for all Londoners. Our proposals have been informed by representations by local residents and the London Borough of Redbridge to provide safer crossing facilities on the Charlie Brown’s Roundabout.

Charlie Brown’s Roundabout lies beneath the beginning of the M11 motorway. It is a busy roundabout and an important intersection for local and strategic routes. The western arm enables motorists to enter and exit the A406 towards Walthamstow. The northern arm enables travel towards Chigwell. The eastern arm enables travel towards Gants Hill. The southern arm enables travel towards Leytonstone. Between January 2013 to December 2015, 32 collisions were reported and in November 2016 a fatal collision occurred between a HGV and a pedestrian on the eastern arm.

Our proposals would mean that pedestrians and cyclists would no longer have to wait for gaps in traffic to cross the road. The design of the proposed crossings mean that traffic would only be stopped when pedestrians or cyclists press the relevant crossing button. Other benefits of this proposal include reducing community severance by making it easier to use the roundabout by pedestrians and cyclists.

Impact on bus passengers & general traffic

The proposed signalised pedestrian and cycle crossings would mean buses and general traffic would sometimes be held at red signals to allow pedestrians or cyclists to safely across the road. Traffic modelling analysis has been undertaken to understand how this would affect the journey times of our customers. The change is predicted to be slight, with no vehicular journey experiencing an increase of greater than a minute. This is based on the predicted number of pedestrians and cyclists being relatively low and therefore the pedestrian crossing only being requested occasionally.  We would also install the latest technology to the crossing, including sensors which would cancel the pedestrian/cycle crossing if pedestrians or cyclists choose not to wait for the signalised crossing. This would ensure that bus passengers and other road users are not held at red lights unnecessarily.

Other options considered but not taken forward

We have looked at other options, which included full signalisation of the roundabout. This would have meant that traffic signals would stop vehicles entering and exiting the roundabout at given intervals to enable pedestrians and cyclists to safely cross the road. It would have also given us the ability to install a horse crossing point (which had been requested by a local riding group) on the eastern arm. However there are too few pedestrian movements to justify full signalisation and without it we are unfortunately now unable to accommodate the horse crossing due to the layout of the site and the design requirements for a horse crossing. We recently met with representatives from the Epping Forest Riders Association to better understand the needs of horse riders in the area. We will continue to work with them to find a solution outside of this scheme.

The other option would be to do nothing at the roundabout. However this would mean it would remain unattractive for pedestrians and cyclists to use.

Depending on the views expressed during the consultation, we plan to start implementing the changes in spring 2018. At the end of the construction we would resurface the roundabout.

Have your say

We would like to know what you think about our proposals for Charlie Brown’s roundabout.

Please give us your views by completing the online survey below by Friday 4 August 2017.

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Areas

  • Redbridge

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Buses
  • Cycling
  • Junction Improvements
  • Roads
  • Walking