Lee Green crossroads

lee-green-crossroadsMany people have expressed concerns about the new islands and lights at Lee Green crossroads so we put some questions to TfL.

We think the raised kerbs are a hazard to the elderly and partially-sighted.  We also think the staggered pedestrian lights are confusing – and the traffic’s no better.  This is how TfL responded.

What is the purpose of the scheme?

TfL: The main reason to update Lee Green Junction was to reduce the number of collisions, particularly those involving pedestrians and right turning vehicles, and to minimise bus delays. The new design will allow safe crossing for pedestrians if used correctly and will allow Heavy Goods Vehicles to manoeuvre the junction easier with minor adjustments to the islands.

Raised kerbs

TfL: The new crossings at Lee Green Junction are becoming standard across TfL’s Road Network. They comply with national standards provided by the Department for Transport. The textured paving and raised kerbs are helpful to the visually impaired, as they help guide them towards and over junctions.

Hard to see lights

TfL: The new layout uses “staggered crossings”. This means that each half of the road crossing works independently, allowing traffic with a green light to keep flowing even when the other side has a red light. By design only the green man directly in front will be visible, and not the signal on the far lane of traffic, because it may be red. 

Will the islands have railings?

TfL: The new crossing design does not include railings. It is our policy to phase out all railings where possible. This makes the area look less cluttered.

The pavement seems to have been narrowed – why was that done?

TfL: This was done to ensure that Heavy Goods Vehicles do not mount the kerbs.  We do a road safety audit during design and again after construction to show that it’s safe.

Traffic just as bad, if not worse

TfL: We do expect traffic flow to improve, but we haven’t yet done testing to verify this.

Air quality

TfL: We don’t do any air quality testing on schemes this size.

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