Safer Junctions - Edgware Road and Harrow Road

Closed 25 Jul 2019

Opened 12 Jun 2019

Overview

We would like to know your views on proposals for the junction of Edgware Road and Harrow Road in the Paddington/Marylebone area.

Background

Our Safer Junctions programme is reducing road danger at some of the most hazardous junctions in London. These junctions have high collision rates for vulnerable road users, including people walking and cycling. This programme directly contributes to our Vision Zero target to stop people from dying and being seriously injured on London’s road network by 2041.

The objectives of the Safer Junction programme are to:

  • Reduce road danger and help eliminate Killed and Seriously Injured (KSI) collisions
  • Help create streets where people feel safe to walk, cycle and use public transport
  • Make hostile junctions more welcoming and less dominated by motor vehicles, demonstrating the Healthy Streets Approach  

Why we are consulting

In the last three years there were 29 personal injury collisions, of which five resulted in serious injuries (17.2%).  

A number of issues have been identified with the current junction layout:

  • Pedestrians not using designated crossing points
  • Existing pedestrian islands are narrow
  • There is a lack of cycle facilities, especially southbound where the road layout is not cycle friendly

Our proposals  

We would like your views on the following proposals which aim to reduce the above issues.  

Applies to the whole junction

  • Introduce a 20mph speed limit across the junction
  • Widen all pedestrian crossings to make for a more comfortable and safer crossing  

North of the flyover

  • Ban left turn from Harrow Road into Edgware Road northbound
  • Build out northwest corner to remove slip road and provide a better pedestrian environment
  • Convert staggered crossing to straight across crossing to create better and safer routes to and from Edgware Road Bakerloo line station
  • Make Bell Street no exit onto Edgware Road
  • Change current three lane road layout to two traffic lanes and a cycle lane through the junction
  • Widen southbound bus lane to 4.5m as it passes the bus stop
  • Install cyclist early start signal on southbound Edgware Road

South of the flyover

  • Convert the short section of Edgware Road northbound bus lane beneath the flyover, into cycle lane
  • Install a cyclist early start signal at the junction heading northbound on Edgware Road
  • On Harrow Road westbound reduce the road width to two lanes by building out the footway on the southwest corner, to provide a better pedestrian environment
  • Reduce the width of the westbound slip road from Marylebone Road to one 4.5m lane by building out the footway on the southeast corner of the junction to provide better pedestrian environment
  • Remove the guardrail and narrow the pedestrian island of the pedestrian crossing to the south of the flyover to allow for an 8.0m width on the southbound Edgware Road to prevent traffic merging with cyclists

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Additional proposals for the area around the junction

These proposals are not part of the Safer Junction improvements. However, opportunities have been identified to improve air quality and priority space for buses in the area and we would like to know your views on these additional proposals.  

Improving the road layout for northbound buses

Just north of the Edgware Road/Harrow Road Junction the road narrows and creates a bottleneck for traffic.  

Changing the footpath layout here allows for the bus lane to be extended north of Newcastle Place, removing the bottleneck for northbound buses.  

Electric vehicle charging point for taxis

We are proposing to install a rapid charging point that will be for use by taxis. This would be beneath the flyover on the southeast side of the junction, and  accessed via the westbound slip road off Marylebone Road. 

Sustainable Drainage

The Joe Strummer pedestrian subway which is located underneath the junction of Edgware Road and Harrow Road has been closed for some time now due to anti-social behaviour. We propose to fill in the ramp and stairs area of three entrances with soil and vegetation in order to create a series of rain gardens. These are Sustainable Drainage (SuDS) features which will take surface water run-off from the adjacent pavement and road, and help to reduce flood risk whilst creating an attractive space for people and wildlife.  

Next Steps

Following this consultation we will analyse the responses and review the design. We will then seek the necessary powers and, subject to this consultation, are planning to implement this scheme in 2020.  

Healthy Streets  

The changes proposed in this scheme are part of our commitment to deliver the Healthy Streets Approach. We are taking this approach to create a vibrant, successful city where the streets are welcoming to all and everyone can live active, healthy lives.  

The streets within this scheme and the proposed changes have been assessed by our designers against ten Healthy Streets Indicators using our Healthy Streets Check for Designers tool. This tool assesses the layout of streets against thirty one measures which produce an overall Healthy Streets Check score out of 100. We use infographics to show the current score for the streets within this scheme and potential scores based on our proposed changes. The Healthy Streets results can be seen in the diagram below.

Edgware Road/Harrow Road Healthy Streets results (PDF 319KB)

Equality Impact assessment

We are subject to the general public sector equality duty set out in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, which requires us to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations by reference to people with protected characteristics. The protected characteristics are: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. As part of our decision-making process on proposals for new schemes, we have had due regard to any impacts on those with protected characteristics and the need to ensure their interests are taken into account.  

In considering the design of our streets, we closely consider the needs of all users throughout the design process. As this scheme is a significant infrastructure project we:   

  • Have completed a draft Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) at the outset of the project, to review potential impacts on equality target groups, including disabled people
  • Are carrying out public consultations, including targeted engagement with accessibility user groups 
  • Will continue to ensure we comply with established guidance – such as the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges – which includes detailed requirements for disabled people

A copy of the draft EqIA can be found below.

Edgware Road/Harrow Road Equality Impact Assessment (PDF 193KB)

We would like your views on the impact the scheme could have on you when you travel through the area. You can let us know by completing the online survey.

Have your say

We would like to know what you think about our proposals.

Please come and meet the project team and ask questions at one of our public events:

Tuesday 25 June 2019 (12:00 - 14:00 and 16:00 - 19:00) Church Street Regeneration Centre, 31-33 Church Street (next to Woods Chemist), London NW8 8ES

Wednesday 10 July 2019 (12:00 - 14:00 and 16:00 - 19:00) 5 Merchant Square (Ground Floor Reception), London W2 1AS

Please give us your views by completing the online survey below by Thursday 25 July 2019.

Alternatively, you can:

You can also request paper copies of all the consultation materials and a response form by emailing consultations@tfl.gov.uk, or writing to FREEPOST TFL CONSULTATIONS.

Areas

  • Westminster

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Junction Improvements