Monday 11 February 2008 12.03pm
I have written a grumpy email to TFL and Southwark council on the Grange Road
20 mph zone. I have done this because they are contemplating introducing an even more expensive scheme around Spa Road area. It appears that the enormous number of people employed by the council and the mayor have nothing better to do than spend money on schemes "improving" roads. The fact that less than three years ago they also spent tens of thousands on Spa Road "improvements" seems to mean nothing as they want to dig them up again. I'm all for 20 mph zones in school, hospital or totally residential streets, but the crap work that is shoddily implemented gets my back up lets the taxpayer badly down. Here is my email:
"The 20 mph zone proposals for Grange Road
, SE1, were meant to be wide ranging and included a camera to help 20 mph enforcement, there is no camera yet. As far as I can see no-one, including bus, and council vehicles abides by the 20 mph limit.
Some of the features put in to make improve the pedestrian experience in fact are now more dangerous because motorists are hitting the raised road surfaces at far more than 20 mph. The additional refuges constructed are dangerous to drivers as they are too near bus stops, vehicles overtaking buses (now the buses have no dedicated lay-byes) are forced to stop in the middle of the road as they cannot see the refuge until they swing out from behind the bus (this applies even more in Abbey Street
). One refuge near Futura House is also so close to a single yellow line on the North of Grange Road
that if larger vehicles there legally park at night no buses or trucks could get through without crossing the wrong side of the bollards!
The road surface is breaking up where cables were laid.
The bus lane is badly signed, obscured by trees.
Trucks turning right at Pages Walk have to swing across both lanes of Grange Road
Buses and large trucks turning East from Northern Tower Bridge Road
slip-road are forced to swing into oncoming traffic lane.
I note that there are proposals to make Alscott and Spa Roads similarly 20 mph zone. Unless the implementation of such zones is more competently overseen it is a waste of the taxpayers money!"