Proposed changes to the road layout on A21 Tweedy Road, Bromley North

Closed 10 Feb 2019

Opened 3 Jan 2019

Overview

We are planning changes to the road layout on the A21 Tweedy Road at the junctions of Sherman Road, East Street and Mitchell Way in Bromley North, and would like to hear your views.

Our plans form part of the Mayor of London’s long-term vision to encourage more Londoners to walk and cycle by making London’s streets healthier, safer and more welcoming.

By making these changes we aim to:

  • Create a safer and more pleasant environment for cyclists and pedestrians with new, direct crossings and new traffic signals for cyclists
  • Provide more space for buses leaving our bus stands at Bromley North so they can access bus stops more safely and easily, which would improve their reliability
  • Update the street environment with resurfacing, new signage and refreshed road markings, to complement the public realm style of Bromley North village

Our proposals in detail

Details of our proposals can be found below:

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A focus on safety pedestrian and cyclist safety

By creating a safer environment for cyclists and pedestrians to cross Tweedy Road, and by making our buses more reliable, we aim to encourage more people to use these healthy and sustainable forms of transport, whilst keeping traffic moving through this busy section of the Transport for London Road Network.

Improved access for buses

Bromley North is a busy bus terminus and interchange point, serving bus routes 61, 119, 138, 146, 227, 246, 261, 269, 352, 354, 367 and N3.

We plan to reposition the kerb-line and traffic island from Mitchell Way towards Bromley North station to make it easier for buses to serve stops, and for passengers to board and alight.

Our assessments indicate this small change to the road layout could result in bus journey time improvements of 12 seconds for routes serving Bromley North station, and improvements of up to seven seconds for through routes.

Subject to funding, we would also upgrade the bus shelters outside Bromley North station and resurface the pavements around them as part of an overall package of improvements.

Improving the public realm

A renewed public realm would define the gateway to Bromley town centre, delivering a more attractive environment, in keeping with the London Borough of Bromley’s highly successful urban realm improvements to Bromley North village.

The materials we plan to use would complement the appearance of East Street.

We would combine new pavement surfaces where Tweedy Road meets North Street and East Street, to protect mature tree roots.

Whilst it is necessary to remove one mature tree due to its poor condition, this would be replaced with a new tree in the same location.

The impacts of our proposals

Our plans adopt the Healthy Streets Approach to improve air quality, reduce congestion and help make London's diverse communities greener, healthier and more attractive places to live, work, play and do business.

Changes for cyclists

  • The introduction of a direct cycle route across the junction, linking Sherman Road to Tweedy Road, East Street or North Street for the first time
  • Cyclists crossing Tweedy Road from Sherman Road, North Street and East Street would have new facilities and a separate signal stage  from general traffic with the introduction of new push button controlled cycle-signals
  • Cyclists would share space with pedestrians at the gateway to the town centre, towards North Street and East Street

Changes for pedestrians

Sherman Road

  • A redesigned pedestrian crossing, straight across the road for easier access to and from Bromley North station
  • 'On demand' signals to prompt a green man, stopping traffic when pedestrians want to cross the road

Tweedy Road

  • A wider pedestrian crossing point over Tweedy Road with a longer central island that would provide more space to wait when crossing the road
  • An upgraded crossing point over the bus lane, towards the main road for a more direct walking route to the town centre or Bromley North station

Changes for buses

The changes planned in the bus layby area would:

  • Remove vehicle overspill from the bus lane to the general traffic lane, reducing the danger of collision
  • Buses would not need to wait for traffic to move before they can turn towards bus stops. This improves reliability as buses are able to reach stops on time
  • We would also resurface the bus lane which is currently in poor condition

New kerb-lines along the bus lane would be designed to current accessibility standards to make it easier for passengers to get on and off the bus. This would benefit in particular; wheelchair users, disabled people, older people, buggy users and those with heavy luggage.

Changes for other traffic

The changes we intend to make to the road layout would give priority to pedestrians, cyclists and buses. The junction currently operates with spare capacity, which means there is space and time to allow for a cyclist signal stage and a pedestrian crossing stage over Sherman Road, without adding to congestion or increasing journey times for other traffic.

Equalities

In considering the design of our streets, we closely consider the needs of all users throughout the design process. This includes targeted engagement with specific users such as (amongst many others): Royal National Institute of Blind People, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Age Concern, Transport for All, and the National Autistic Society. We also ensure we comply with established guidance – such as the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges – which includes detailed requirements for disabled people.

We will continue to closely consider the needs of all users as these proposals are developed.

Have your say

We would like to know what you think about our plans for A21 Tweedy Road and Sherman Road, and are keen to hear your views.

The feedback we receive will help us decide whether to proceed with our designs as planned, or with some changes.

Please give us your views by completing the online survey below by Sunday 10 February 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.

Next steps

Subject to feedback, we would prepare detailed designs and make changes to the road layout during the 2019/2020 financial year.

Updates would be provided nearer the time and in advance of any works.

Areas

  • Bromley

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Buses
  • Cycling
  • Roads
  • Walking
  • Public realm