The last few months there has been a significant amount of traffic heading northbound up tower bridge road.
Today I realised why-though not sure if it is on purpose.
The traffic lights at grange road-barclays bank, is set that the southbound light has a few more seconds than the north bound. The northbound lights of tower bridge road last 5 seconds rather than 8-10 southbound meaning only a few cars escape and traffic backing up at the roundabout!
Is this on purpose? If so to keep me calming after work can someone kindly explain how this helps?
I've noticed this too. It might have been part of the London 2012 traffic-light rephasing, though I can't imagine why. Hopefully it'll now change back.
Another thing that really doesn't help traffic along this stretch is the right turn from TBR to Abbey Street; cars waiting to turn right often make it difficult for 42, 78 and 188 buses to pass, meaning traffic backs up behind them.
I know this because I've been on one of those buses when it happens and it's rather annoying if in a hurry.