The junction has needed improving for a long time, why has nothing happened yet?
We are aware that local people and elected representatives have been campaigning for the junction to be improved for many years. In 2018 we carried out a consultation proposing a staggered crossing at this location. We took time to consider the feedback from that consultation (the consultation report can be found here) in order to develop these new proposals. Following London’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and TfL’s funding agreement with the government, we are now in a position to resume work on this scheme. Given that these proposals include the need to ban the right turn from Lewisham Road for traffic, which was not included in the previous consultation proposals, we need to carry out a further consultation. Subject to the outcome of this consultation we would seek to complete the scheme on site by the end of 2024.
Why are you proposing a crossing across Blackheath Hill outside the pub and not elsewhere on the junction?
Our observations have consistently showed that this is the ‘desire line’ where most people wish to cross the junction.
Why can’t you put pedestrian crossings on all four arms of the junction and make it especially safe?
We want to make travelling around London as safe as possible for all road users and we need to balance this with ensuring that the road network continues to operate efficiently and avoid delays to bus services. Placing pedestrian crossings on all four arms of the crossing would result in disproportionate delays to traffic. We are therefore proposing a new pedestrian crossing only at the point where most people want to cross the road. We hope that this will improve the situation as currently the junction has no light controlled crossings for pedestrians.
What are you doing to improve the junction for cyclists?
This is predominantly a scheme to improve safety for pedestrians. However, the crossing will include new Advanced Stop Lines for cyclists.
What modelling has been done to assess the impact of banning the right turn from Lewisham Road – does this mean more traffic will be going down residential roads nearby?
Modelling shows that although there will a very small reassignment of traffic due to the banned right turn, this will be negligible and unlikely to be noticeable on alternative routes.
How do your proposals to ban the right turn from Lewisham Road fit in with Greenwich Council’s Neighbourhood Management Project proposals for West Greenwich, which are very nearby?
We work closely with borough colleagues on our proposals. Our initial modelling has taken account of proposals for a possible future neighbourhood management scheme in West Greenwich and our findings indicate that our scheme should not have significant impacts on nearby roads.
We will continue to work closely with Greenwich Council as all the proposals are developed further in response to consultation to ensure that any changes will work as well as possible for everyone concerned.
If the proposals go ahead, when will the new crossing be in place?
If we decide to proceed with our proposals, we would hope to complete the work on site by the end of 2024.