A312 Church Road
Transport for London (TfL) developed proposals to improve road safety on the A312 Church Road between Target Roundabout and White Hart Roundabout. These proposals are shown on the plans below.
Summary of the proposals
The proposed scheme aims to reduce the number of collisions that occur on Church Road, particularly those involving pedestrians, by reducing the average vehicle speeds on the road, which are significantly higher than the 30mph speed limit currently in place in both directions.
We are intending to implement a range of measures that aim to address these issues by reducing the dominance of traffic and changing the character of the road.
The proposals include:
- Removal of long sections of pedestrian guard rail from the central reservation replacing with trees planted at regular intervals.
- Creating a ‘gateway’ effect at the entrance to Church Road from Target and White Hart Roundabouts. This will be done by using a combination of signs, road markings and different road surfacing that will emphasise the 30mph speed limit of the road.
- Installing electronic speed limit reminder signs along the road instructing drivers travelling over the speed limit to slow down.
- Amending the layout of the bus lane at side roads in order to provide safer turning movements into and out of these roads.
These proposals are shown on the plans below. A more detailed version of the plans can be viewed at Northolt Library.
In order to replace the pedestrian guard rail with trees the central reservation needs to be widened into the outside vehicle lane in both directions. This will mean that these two lanes would be slightly narrower than at present. Therefore, in order to prevent wider vehicles overhanging the inside lane HGVs over 7.5 tonne in weight would be permitted to use the bus lanes during operational hours. It is not anticipated that this will impact on local bus journey times.
This combined package of measures would encourage people to drive more cautiously by creating a narrower road and highlighting to drivers that they are entering and travelling through a residential area. Removal of the pedestrian guard rail in the central reservation will also reduce drivers’ perceptions that no pedestrians will cross the road and therefore they can drive less cautiously.
In June 2012 we consulted on proposals to improve road safety on the A312 Church Road in Ealing. The proposed scheme aimed to reduce the number of collisions that occur on Church Road, particularly those involving pedestrians, by reducing the average vehicle speeds on the road, which are significantly higher than the 30mph speed limit currently in place in both directions.
We are now ready to build the scheme and as part of this a Road Safety Audit has been undertaken. We have discovered that it will not be possible to plant trees in the central reservation as there is insufficient depth and the safety audit has recommended that we do not therefore remove the pedestrian guardrail unless we can provide alternative measures to deter pedestrians crossing along the length of Church Road.
We are confident that we can still reduce the number of collisions on the road by introducing the remainder of the proposals and are therefore proposing to implement the following parts of the original scheme:
- 30mph gateways on both entrances (Target roundabout and Whitehart roundabout) so that there is visual instruction to drivers that they are entering a 30mph speed limit area.
- “SLOW” road markings reiterated along the stretch of the road to remind drivers to proceed with caution.
- Edge of carriageway road markings on the southbound carriageway to narrow the appearance of the road and encourage lower speeds.
- Vehicle activated signs which will display a message when approached by a vehicle exceeding the speed limit to reduce their speed.
- Amending the layout of the bus lane at side roads in order to provide for safer turning movements into and out of these roads.
We are proposing to start work onsite on 19 February 2014, residents will be contacted by TfL prior to start of works with further information.
- A312 Church Road Northolt - Consultation , 849.2 kB (PDF document)