Safer Junctions - Kennington Park Road and Braganza Street

Closes 25 Jul 2019

Opened 12 Jun 2019

Overview

We would like to know your views on proposals for changing the junction of Kennington Park Road and Braganza Street, Kennington.

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 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 proposing changes  

Tragically, there was a fatal accident involving a motorcyclist who was in a collision with a vehicle turning right from Kennington Park Road into Braganza Street in 2015. Similar collisions have also been recorded at this junction.  We are proposing improvements to the junction for vulnerable road users in  response to the Coroner’s recommendations and to improve the overall safety of the junction for road users.  

Our plan is to modify the junction to create a ‘right turn only phase’ for traffic turning from Kennington Park Road into Braganza Street. This will remove the conflict between drivers turning right and vehicles progressing straight on southbound through the junction. Our full proposals include:  

  • A separately controlled right turn from Kennington Park Road into Braganza Street. Drivers turning right will be held at a red signal while southbound traffic moves, completely removing the potential for right turn conflict
  • Creating a northbound segregated cycle by-pass of the junction
  • Shortening the loading bay on the north-east side of the junction to allow for the cycle by-pass, while leaving space for deliveries to local shops and businesses to continue
  • Providing an earlier green signal for cyclists using the junction. This will allow cyclists to be clear of the junction before other vehicles move, reducing conflict
  • Reallocate northbound traffic lanes with designated lane markings for ahead and right turning movements. This will allow free flow of northbound traffic without having to wait for right turning vehicles to clear the junction
  • Introducing a banned left turn into Braganza Street, except for cyclists, removing the risk of conflict between left turning drivers and cyclists and motorcyclists moving stratight ahead
  • Extending the southbound bus lane to the junction
  • Removing a short stretch of northbound bus lane to allow for the new road layout

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Kennington Park Road/Braganza Street proposals (PDF 635KB)

We expect the impacts of these changes on buses and general traffic to be minimal.  

This junction is on the existing CS7 cycle route. Shortly, all high-quality new and existing cycle routes in London will be incorporated into a single unified cycle network, known as Cycleways. As part of our work to roll out the Cycleways network, we will be assessing all completed routes including Cycle Superhighways against new quality criteria, including CS7 and this junction. Where a route does not meet the quality criteria, we will consider whether any upgrade work is feasible to bring it up to the required standard, subject to funding. We therefore consider our proposals for the Kennington Park Road/ Braganza Street junction to be an interim safety scheme whilst we review the entire CS7 corridor.  

Next Steps  

Following this consultation we will analyse the response and review the design. We will then seek the necessary powers and, subject to this consultation, implement this scheme in early 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.

Kennington Park Road/Braganza Street Healthy Streets results (PDF 133KB)

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, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.  

In considering changes to the design of our streets, we closely consider the needs of all users throughout the design process and complete a draft Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA). For this scheme:

  • No negative equality impacts have been identified for any protected groups within the community around the junction
  • The positive impacts for Age and Disability including carers is that they will benefit from a longer time to cross Kennington Park Road  

The draft EqIA can be found below.

Kennington Park Road/Braganza Street Equality Impact Assessment (PDF 160KB)

Have your say

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

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.

Have your say

Areas

  • Southwark

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Junction Improvements