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.