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Cycle lane here is not effective

Reported via desktop in the Streetspace Feedback category anonymously at 10:18, Wed 21 October 2020

Sent to TfL less than a minute later. TfL ref: FMS2350674.

Hi All,

I live in Clapham and every day undertake a commute that involves driving down the A3216 across Chelsea bridge. Since the recent road changes it has increased my journey time to and from work by 40% and made it next to impossible to travel anywhere at the weekends. While I understand the rationale for what is trying to be achieved, this clearly hasn’t worked on this stretch of road and needs urgent review. In the morning from 7am, and even before, there is a solid queue from Wandsworth Road all the way to Chelsea Bridge Road and in the evening it stretches all the back to Sloane Square.

While I could pinpoint a number of issues e.g the Bus lane just as you go under the bridge at Queenstown Road station is too narrow for buses which causes big tail backs as they have to go half way across the other lane to make it round the corner, the major bottle neck is a small 100m stretch of road from Battersea Park Road intersection to the Queens Circus which is some of the worst and ill thought out planning I have ever experienced. I would urge you all to attempt to travel over this piece of road at busy times and experience what the daily commute is now like for 1000s of your constituents. To summarise if driving North up the A3216:

- as you approach the intersection with Battersea park road the road opens up from 1 lane into 2 lanes just before the traffic lights. - immediately upon crossing battersea park road it changes back into 1 lane due to the new cycle lane causing major tailbacks as the traffic moves back from 2 lanes to 1 lane. This includes all the buses that had been going along the bus lane on Queenstown road. - within 30m there is a bus stop exactly opposite a bus stop coming the other way. No other vehicles can pass as the roads are only 1 lane and given these are both around 30m from the traffic lights in both directions this again causes major tailbacks. In addition as these block the cycle lane you have cyclist then coming out of the new cycle lane immediately swerving round buses on front of the oncoming traffic. - after the bus stop you then have another 30m and another traffic light again adding to the log jam.

Bearing in mind on silverthorne road there is both a cement factory and a bus station the traffic of large vehicles on this part of the road is extremely heavy.

Similarly coming south you have the same issues of 2 lanes moving into one as you come onto Chelsea bridge again causing huge issues.

Everyone I have spoken to, including those that cycle this route daily, think this is a complete disaster and that it has impacted their lives negatively. I also have no idea how even emergency service vehicles would be able to travel along this road.

I would urge you review the changes that can be made to this road to improve the lives of everyone as soon as possible. It’s really not pleasant having 40% added to your commute to and from work for what some very small changes could resolve.

Kind regards,

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    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by TfL at 14:32, Wed 21 October 2020

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