A formal consultation on plans will take place in Autumn/Winter 2018/19; so this was an attempt to take some inital soundings from the community on two different approaches they are considering.
Option 1: wider bus lanes and footways
Option 2: segregated cycle lanes
Both options would involve removal of the central reservation and straight-accross pedestrian crossings.
The senior people from TfL started by explaining what they are trying to achieve with road-planning in London currently. This includes:
- As London's population grows, shifting a greater proportion of people's journeys away from cars and to active and less polluting forms of transport: walking, cycling and public transport.
- Aiming to cut road deaths and serious injuries by cutting speed limits to 20mph and improving safety at juntions.
- While cars and taxis currently make up around two-thirds of the traffic on Streatham Hill, these vehicles account for les than a third of the people being moved.
- Speeds on the Streatham Hill stretch of the A23 were monitored last year - with more than 4,000 caught breaking in the current 30mph speed limit in one 24-hour period.
- TfL's strategic cycling analysis has identified the whole A23 corridor through Lambeth as having great potential for cycle juorneys - if made safe.
TfL has earmarked funding to redesign the A23 Streatham Hill between Telford Avenue and Streatham Hill station, with construction pencilled in for late 2019-20.
The full presentation from TfL is viewable as a pdf on the Safer A23 Campaign Facebook page.