Lower Lea Crossing safety improvement scheme

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Consultation has concluded

Consultation update 14 March 2024 

Between 6 December 2023 and 12 February 2024, we held a public consultation on proposals to make safety improvements to the Lower Lea Crossing.  

We have now published our report on the outcomes of the consultation, which you can view in the Documents section of this webpage.  

We received 194 responses to the consultation in total.   

Our responses to the issues raised during the consultation is included in Appendix A of the report.  

After fully considering the consultation responses, we have decided to proceed with the scheme with a small change following feedback we received during the consultation.  

We are proposing to build the planned new zebra crossing at the exit point on the Lower Lea Crossing on a raised table to improve conditions for cyclists and pedestrians. This will be subject to final design approvals.  

Subject to funding being available we hope to start work on site during Spring 2024. We will keep local people updated with our plans.

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Update 13 February 2024

This consultation has now closed. Thank you to everyone who responded. We are analysing your feedback and will report back shortly.

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Update 18 December 2023

We made some amendments to the map on this webpage. We have also extended the closing date for responses to the consultation to Monday 12 February 2024.

The changes to the map are as follows:

  1. Existing cycleway 3 now shows as ‘Existing cycle lane’
  2. The new signalised crossing at the slip road (Orchard Place) now reads as New Zebra crossing
  3. The Riverlinx works boundary note has been removed

-update ends- 


On this page you can read about our proposals for the Lower Lea Crossing and how you can have your say. Our proposals involve making improvements to the existing walking and cycling infrastructure and making the route safe and attractive for pedestrians and cyclists.

Image of people walking and cycling Our proposals

Overview

Information to help you respond

Equalities Impact Assessment

Tell us your views

What happens next



Our proposals

Our proposals for the Lower Lea Crossing involve making improvements to the existing walking and cycling infrastructure and making the route safe and attractive for pedestrians and cyclists.

Maps showing the proposed changes in more detail are available here.

In summary we propose to:

  • Widen the footpaths and the cycleway
  • Raise the footpath and cycle lane kerb to improve accessibility and visibility
  • Build out the pavement to reduce the distance for crossing the road
  • Simplify the crossing points with signalised priority for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Segregate the crossing points
  • Install new parallel crossing points and a pedestrian crossing
  • Move the bus stop slightly (by five metres) to improve access for passengers - the shelter will remain in the same place
  • Reduce the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph on the Lower Lea Crossing itself

Significant developments are being planned for the area, with cycling and pedestrian improvements currently underway in the Tidal Basin and Royal Docks area. With the expected increase in demand, and to support choosing walking, cycling or public transport, we want to enhance the walking and cycling infrastructure to provide safe travel routes for pedestrians and cyclists from Lower Lea Crossing to Leamouth Road and join up local routes.

The scheme aims to improve the walking and cycling experience along this link in the road network, connecting with existing and planned improvements to Tidal Basin Roundabout and Cycleway 3.

This will mean safer, more attractive and more comfortable walking and cycling journeys in the area. It will also support continued journeys by foot and by cycle in the area as new developments continue in the area. It will improve cycle infrastructure between the Royal Docks, the planned developments in the area and Cycleway 3.


Overview

The A1020 Lower Lea crossing in East London stretches between Tidal Basin roundabout in Newham and Leamouth Circus roundabout. It is a key route for the East London Road network, forming a link between the Isle of Dogs, the A13 and the Royal Docks. It is a dual carriageway and currently has a footpath and cycle lane located on the west bound lane of traffic and which is used for travel in both directions.

To compliment the walking and cycling improvements currently underway at Tidal Basin roundabout, we are proposing to improve the pedestrian and cycling facilities on this stretch of road.

When the Silvertown Tunnel opens, it will connect the Lower Lea Crossing with the A102 on the Greenwich Peninsula. Pedestrians will use new zero-emission buses to cross the river and cyclists will be encouraged to use the new cross-river cycling service that will be provided by the Silvertown Tunnel scheme. These proposals are in addition to the cycling improvements already planned and will complement those plans.

These roads will form a highway link between the northern portal of the Silvertown Tunnel and the A13. The area is already a key connection for the East London Road network, forming a link between the Isle of Dogs, A13 and the Royal Docks.


Healthy Streets

The proposals for this scheme have been designed according to our Healthy Streets approach, which aims to make London a safer, healthier and greener place to live and travel.

The assessments below show how the different sections of the scheme meet our Healthy Streets indicators.

Lower Lea Crossing Healthy Streets Check - section 1

Lower Lea Crossing Healthy Streets Check - section 2


Information to help you respond  

We have provided more information to help you respond:

You can use the questions tool on this page during the consultation period. We will respond your questions as soon as we can.

If you need to translate this page into another language, please use the ‘Select language’ button at the bottom of this page.


Drop-in events

As part of our consultation, we are hosting an in person drop-in event for local people who have questions about the scheme. We will be hosting the event on:

Wednesday 10 January 2024 (15:00 - 20:00), Canning Town Library, 18 Rathbone Market, London E16 1EH

We will have paper copies of the survey, maps and consultation materials available and the team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.


Equalities Impact Assessment

Our Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) can be found here in section 18 on pages 1296 to 1319.

The EqIA identifies:

  • The affects these proposals could have on people
  • How we propose to minimise any negative impacts

After we’ve considered all comments, the EqIA will be reviewed and may be updated.

We use the EqIA to help us decide if, and how, we should proceed with these proposals.


Connecting with London's deaf community on our consultations

A British Sign Language video of the proposals and survey is available.

To enhance how we engage and consult with London's deaf community we are trialling a British Sign Language (BSL) consultation conversation service for this consultation. This service will allow the TfL consultation lead to have a two-way BSL translated discussion on any aspect of this consultation with a BSL speaker.

To request a BSL consultation conversation please contact us at haveyoursay@tfl.gov.uk and we will be in contact to arrange this at a convenient time. Following this trial, we will evaluate the service to determine if this is something we are able to offer on other consultations in the future.


What happens next

These proposals are subject to the outcome of our consultation. Once consultation ends on 12 February 2024, we will spend time considering all the responses we receive and will prepare a consultation report.

The report will be available to everyone that takes part in the consultation and a copy will be published on our website.

Consultation update 14 March 2024 

Between 6 December 2023 and 12 February 2024, we held a public consultation on proposals to make safety improvements to the Lower Lea Crossing.  

We have now published our report on the outcomes of the consultation, which you can view in the Documents section of this webpage.  

We received 194 responses to the consultation in total.   

Our responses to the issues raised during the consultation is included in Appendix A of the report.  

After fully considering the consultation responses, we have decided to proceed with the scheme with a small change following feedback we received during the consultation.  

We are proposing to build the planned new zebra crossing at the exit point on the Lower Lea Crossing on a raised table to improve conditions for cyclists and pedestrians. This will be subject to final design approvals.  

Subject to funding being available we hope to start work on site during Spring 2024. We will keep local people updated with our plans.

-update ends-


Update 13 February 2024

This consultation has now closed. Thank you to everyone who responded. We are analysing your feedback and will report back shortly.

-update ends- 


Update 18 December 2023

We made some amendments to the map on this webpage. We have also extended the closing date for responses to the consultation to Monday 12 February 2024.

The changes to the map are as follows:

  1. Existing cycleway 3 now shows as ‘Existing cycle lane’
  2. The new signalised crossing at the slip road (Orchard Place) now reads as New Zebra crossing
  3. The Riverlinx works boundary note has been removed

-update ends- 


On this page you can read about our proposals for the Lower Lea Crossing and how you can have your say. Our proposals involve making improvements to the existing walking and cycling infrastructure and making the route safe and attractive for pedestrians and cyclists.

Image of people walking and cycling Our proposals

Overview

Information to help you respond

Equalities Impact Assessment

Tell us your views

What happens next



Our proposals

Our proposals for the Lower Lea Crossing involve making improvements to the existing walking and cycling infrastructure and making the route safe and attractive for pedestrians and cyclists.

Maps showing the proposed changes in more detail are available here.

In summary we propose to:

  • Widen the footpaths and the cycleway
  • Raise the footpath and cycle lane kerb to improve accessibility and visibility
  • Build out the pavement to reduce the distance for crossing the road
  • Simplify the crossing points with signalised priority for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Segregate the crossing points
  • Install new parallel crossing points and a pedestrian crossing
  • Move the bus stop slightly (by five metres) to improve access for passengers - the shelter will remain in the same place
  • Reduce the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph on the Lower Lea Crossing itself

Significant developments are being planned for the area, with cycling and pedestrian improvements currently underway in the Tidal Basin and Royal Docks area. With the expected increase in demand, and to support choosing walking, cycling or public transport, we want to enhance the walking and cycling infrastructure to provide safe travel routes for pedestrians and cyclists from Lower Lea Crossing to Leamouth Road and join up local routes.

The scheme aims to improve the walking and cycling experience along this link in the road network, connecting with existing and planned improvements to Tidal Basin Roundabout and Cycleway 3.

This will mean safer, more attractive and more comfortable walking and cycling journeys in the area. It will also support continued journeys by foot and by cycle in the area as new developments continue in the area. It will improve cycle infrastructure between the Royal Docks, the planned developments in the area and Cycleway 3.


Overview

The A1020 Lower Lea crossing in East London stretches between Tidal Basin roundabout in Newham and Leamouth Circus roundabout. It is a key route for the East London Road network, forming a link between the Isle of Dogs, the A13 and the Royal Docks. It is a dual carriageway and currently has a footpath and cycle lane located on the west bound lane of traffic and which is used for travel in both directions.

To compliment the walking and cycling improvements currently underway at Tidal Basin roundabout, we are proposing to improve the pedestrian and cycling facilities on this stretch of road.

When the Silvertown Tunnel opens, it will connect the Lower Lea Crossing with the A102 on the Greenwich Peninsula. Pedestrians will use new zero-emission buses to cross the river and cyclists will be encouraged to use the new cross-river cycling service that will be provided by the Silvertown Tunnel scheme. These proposals are in addition to the cycling improvements already planned and will complement those plans.

These roads will form a highway link between the northern portal of the Silvertown Tunnel and the A13. The area is already a key connection for the East London Road network, forming a link between the Isle of Dogs, A13 and the Royal Docks.


Healthy Streets

The proposals for this scheme have been designed according to our Healthy Streets approach, which aims to make London a safer, healthier and greener place to live and travel.

The assessments below show how the different sections of the scheme meet our Healthy Streets indicators.

Lower Lea Crossing Healthy Streets Check - section 1

Lower Lea Crossing Healthy Streets Check - section 2


Information to help you respond  

We have provided more information to help you respond:

You can use the questions tool on this page during the consultation period. We will respond your questions as soon as we can.

If you need to translate this page into another language, please use the ‘Select language’ button at the bottom of this page.


Drop-in events

As part of our consultation, we are hosting an in person drop-in event for local people who have questions about the scheme. We will be hosting the event on:

Wednesday 10 January 2024 (15:00 - 20:00), Canning Town Library, 18 Rathbone Market, London E16 1EH

We will have paper copies of the survey, maps and consultation materials available and the team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.


Equalities Impact Assessment

Our Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) can be found here in section 18 on pages 1296 to 1319.

The EqIA identifies:

  • The affects these proposals could have on people
  • How we propose to minimise any negative impacts

After we’ve considered all comments, the EqIA will be reviewed and may be updated.

We use the EqIA to help us decide if, and how, we should proceed with these proposals.


Connecting with London's deaf community on our consultations

A British Sign Language video of the proposals and survey is available.

To enhance how we engage and consult with London's deaf community we are trialling a British Sign Language (BSL) consultation conversation service for this consultation. This service will allow the TfL consultation lead to have a two-way BSL translated discussion on any aspect of this consultation with a BSL speaker.

To request a BSL consultation conversation please contact us at haveyoursay@tfl.gov.uk and we will be in contact to arrange this at a convenient time. Following this trial, we will evaluate the service to determine if this is something we are able to offer on other consultations in the future.


What happens next

These proposals are subject to the outcome of our consultation. Once consultation ends on 12 February 2024, we will spend time considering all the responses we receive and will prepare a consultation report.

The report will be available to everyone that takes part in the consultation and a copy will be published on our website.