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The TfL plan sought to make a 'no left turn' from outside Tesco into Robson Road. As a consequence all traffic would have to go straight-ahead. Traffic for Robson Road, including the 322 bus, would be obliged to go all the way to Ernest Avenue, across by the bus garage, continuing down Knight's Hill to eventually turn-right into Robson Road.
Following formal submissions to Lambeth Council (click button on left to read in full), council officers negotiated with TfL, ultimately pursuading them to accept the plan generated by the council contractors, Arup. Click buttons on left to view both plans and an Action news story.
NAG and others remain greatly concerned about some aspects, particularly the safety of cyclists; however, our continued representations have been rebutted by council officers who state that the plan passes all safety audits.
Update - 14th June 2014: The new traffic signals have been commissioned, and...... DISASTER! Everyone loves the pedestrian phase but the traffic queues have to be seen to be believed! DON'T PANIC! The timings of the lights have to be adjusted and NAG is already onto the council asking for action within 24hours - with TfL involved this will be a challenge!
Currently the time for a complete cycle is 1min 12secs, with pedestrians waiting a maximum of 54secs if they have just missed a green. If an extra 10secs is given to the north / south green phase this will increase 'green time' by 25% - that will probably do the job.
Pedestrians will have to wait a maximum of another 10secs for thir green but is that unreasonable? So solutions are there is someone gets their finger out!
Update - 24th June 2014: The first fine tuning of the lights has taken place with a partial reduction in traffic queues. It's understood that further adjustments will take place after all the road works are cleared, but that could be another month yet. However, NAG is optimistic that the final outcome should be no worse than before the works, possibly better, whilst pedestrians relish the wider pavements and lights controlled crossings.
We do have residual concerns about the challenge of making progress by emergency vehicles, danger to cyclists at pinch points and to pedestrians at the crossing facing St Luke's bottom gate and have pressed Lambeth on these matters.
Update - 14th July 2014: There is a vast improvement and lengthy delays are rare. Next stage is remote control whereby timings and phasings can be changed automatically in response to real-time data collection; also the control room can make changes at will in the event of unusual circumstances.
Update - 7th September 2014: Fine tuning of the traffic signals has continued and the queues have worsened. Does this show unhelpful changes, or just the end of school holidays, or a temporary effect due to displaced traffic from the bridge works at Streatham Hill? This work continues till mid October. Is improvement possible? NAG is on the case.
Update - 29th October 2014: After the end of bridge-works at Streatham Hill and several days of frustratingly lengthy delays and chaos because of repairs and resurfacing due to a burst water main, Knight's Hill seems to have settled into reasonable traffic flows. NAG still on the case to continue improvements...
Update - 1st April 2015: TfL has gone 'dead' on traffic signals so NAG has written to London Assembly member Val Shawcross requesting high level action to achieve completion of the traffic signal work.
Update - 16th September 2015: Well, the 'hard wiring' was completed with a promise for it to go live in June - not so far. Written again to Val Shawcross and cllr Jackie Meldrum on the case.