We are pleased that, following our enquiries, the Council has now moved the bus stand away from the nursery entrance on Hayes Place.
We are delighted that Westminster’s first-ever School Street opened outside St Mary’s Bryanston school on Enford Street, creating a pedestrian and cycle only zone. School Street is a programme of agreed timed road closures outside of schools at drop off and pick up during term time. They enhance school road safety and provide opportunities for children to be active through travel and physical activity.
Edgware Road – update
Transport for London say:
“In November and December 2018, we consulted on proposals to improve five junctions on Edgware Road, between Marylebone Flyover and Marble Arch, and to introduce a 20mph speed limit. We have published our Consultation Report, which summarises how we sought the views and ideas from the community in and around Edgware Road on our proposals. Our report includes our responses to the most common issues which summarises the responses we received to our consultation. In total, we received 584 responses to the consultation of which:
- 64 per cent supported or strongly supported the changes to the five junctions; and,
- 59 per cent supported or strongly supported the introduction of a 20mph speed limit
We intend to implement the scheme as consulted upon but will continue to work with our partners and stakeholders on its detailed design and future construction and implementation. You can find our consultation report here: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/edgware-road/ “
Baker Street 2 way
We raised this issue again with the Highways team:
“I am very unhappy with the crossing situation at George Street and Gloucester Place since the two-way scheme went into operation. The northernmost crossing is marked for pedestrians, but there are no lights for pedestrians, hence no ‘green man’. I was repeatedly assured by the wardens during the transition period that the pedestrian lights would be added, but this has not happened, and there is only a ‘look both ways’ sign propped on the pavement. Crossing from east to west on the southernmost crossing is also not always safe, as there is only a small ‘no left turn’ sign and motorists, seeing the lights turn green, sometimes try to turn left anyway, just as one steps into the crossing. Not enough time is given for pedestrians at any of the new crossings: many of us are elderly or have small children with us–we need more time! Priority has been given to automobile and cycle traffic, and pedestrians have to wait and wait and wait–and then hurry to get across.”
“The problem is the synchronising of the traffic lights. Everyone is left standing around for what seems like ages looking embarrassed waiting for the green signal to cross before finally making a dash for it which is really dangerous. It is all much too slow. Crossing Gloucester Place at George Street and continuing up the road really dangerous. So, you have to cross over George Street going south where there are proper signals and cross there. Don’t take my word for it, try it for yourselves and then do something about it. The hold ups at every cross road is causing a great deal of unnecessary delay and spoiling an otherwise good scheme.”
The Highways team say:
“During the design stage for Baker Street Two Way project, we had endeavoured to provide green man crossings on all four arms at as many junctions on Baker Street and Gloucester Place as possible. However, on Gloucester Place at the George Street junction, the proposed scheme showed that the green man crossing on the southern arm of Gloucester Place would be retained but no further facilities could be provided due to traffic capacity issues. It was not possible to provide green man crossings on all four arms as it would have resulted in queues which would then encourage traffic to use quiet side streets.
Having received various comments about lack of pedestrian crossing facilities at this junction, we revisited the modelling to see if any additional pedestrian crossings could be provided. However, we concluded that providing this facility would result in queues along Gloucester Place and increased journey times which could then tempt traffic to use side streets causing disruption and inconvenience to residents.
Since the switch to two-way traffic, we are monitoring the situation and will be undertaking traffic surveys at this junction soon. Provision of green man facilities will potentially have an impact on queue lengths at this junction (which is why it was not provided in the original design) so we need to assess that impact before agreeing any possible changes. Having said that, we are trying our best to work with TfL to improve the situation here and the traffic counts will help in that process.”