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    RE raingardens: Will the horticultural team look into alternatives to London Plain trees as these cause significant allergy pollutants at certain times of the year causing havoc to those with breathing difficulties? Now that we have an opportunity to plan for the future- can alternative species be considered please such as the Maple trees that line the high traffic area near Warwick Avenue station?

    KimCW asked 2 months ago

    Thanks for your enquiry Kim.

    I have added your question to the consultation. No decision has been made regarding which plants will be included in the rain gardens yet and your comments will be considered by the team as they develop their ideas.

    kind regards

    Simon

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    Thank you for the detailed explanation of how a cyclist will turn right. I don't think that will fit on a sign that I can read while I am cycling with the lorries and I try and take the lane. How about having a separate phase for all cyclists, like you will do with pedestrians? Like pedestrians, cyclists go at a human speed that can negotiate with other cyclists. You then just need a simple sign "All Cycle Phase" rather than have cyclists who have missed the road paint while they are looking at heavy lorries and fast large cars at that junction.

    Londoner1565 asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for your response. I've added it to the consultation responses.

    kind regards

    Simon

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    I'm confused by the cycle right turn arrows. If I cycle, how would I position myself in the cycle survival zone (in front of big vehicles) to turn right?

    Londoner1565 asked 3 months ago

    Cyclists wishing to turn right can do so by progressing to the cyclist reservoir area which is demarcated by a symbol which shows a bike and a right turn arrow. This symbol is placed out of the path of ahead traffic so cyclists can wait safely for ahead traffic to clear. From this position they will be able to see a signal on the far side of the junction which will tell them when it is safe to proceed. This feature is detailed in the London Cycling Design Standards in Chapter 5 https://content.tfl.gov.uk/lcds-chapter5-junctionsandcrossings.pdf on page 35 and is becoming more common across London’s network. A good example of a junction where this has been in place for a while is Mile End Rd junction with Sidney St. There will also be signs on the approach to the junction and a box sign on the signal head reinforcing the rules of the right turn.

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    You say:- "Safety is a priority for TfL and there have been 17 collisions at this junction in the three years up to 2019: seven people were seriously injured and tragically one person was killed in these collisions." What about the nearly 4 years since this date? What were the route cause of each of the 17 accidents you have chosen to highlight?

    Errrrrr asked 4 months ago

    Before Covid-19, we conducted a road safety study using the most current data available at that time. Over the 36 months leading up to December 2019, the data indicated a concerning trend of pedestrian, cyclist, and motorbike collisions at specific points within the junction. Notably, serious pedestrian incidents occurred at the left turn slip from Old Marylebone Rd and the pedestrian crossing of Sussex Gardens. Additionally, the data highlighted incidents involving cyclists and motorbikes, which led to serious injuries:

    Data source: 36 months to December 2019:

    • Total number of collisions: 17
    • Total serious casualties: 6 
    • 5 cyclist casualties (2 serious) 
    • 8 pedestrian casualties (2 serious)
    • 3 Powered Two Wheelers (P2W) casualties (2 serious)
    • 2 Other vehicles casualties
    • Additionally, there was one pedestrian fatality between Burwood Place and Sussex Gardens.


    Then in March 2020, due to COVID-19, many of our schemes, including the A5 Sussex Gardens, were put on hold because of uncertainty surrounding funding. When the scheme restarted, the impact of the pandemic complicated our collision data, and the latest data available no longer accurately represented typical travel patterns for the following years.  The most recent pre-pandemic data only extends until March 2020, offering minimal additional insights in comparison to the above.

    As a result, to ensure that our interventions and decisions are founded on the most accurate information, we have continued to rely on pre-pandemic data. However, ongoing discussions are in progress regarding post-COVID data and how we address the effects of the pandemic, including the impact of lockdowns and other related factors.

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    What does this mean: Our proposals include new cycle signals to help cyclists move through the junction. Cyclists turning right both into and out of Edgware Road, would do so in two ‘stages’ under the protection of cycle only signals.

    VincentStops asked 4 months ago

    On the traffic signal poles there will be small lights at eye level for cyclists. These signals will go green 4s before traffic starts. This helps cyclists to get moving in a stable manner ahead of traffic and be more visible to those cars wishing to turn left.

    The right turns at the junction are banned both in the current layout and in the proposal. They cannot be made by turning right across the approach lanes in the normal manner. They can only be made by cyclists in two stages by proceeding to the right turn pockets and waiting for the green signal of the following traffic stage. In the proposal the right turn pockets will be clearly signed both by road markings and signs on the approach. The option to perform a two stage right turn will be made safer by the cyclist early start signals. The cyclist early start signals will also be visible on the far-sided signals which can be seen from the right turn pockets.