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Temporary Traffics Lights Phasing Totally Wrong

Reported via desktop in the Roadworks category by Martin Bailey at 21:58, Mon 5 April 2021

Sent to TfL less than a minute later. TfL ref: FMS2654471.

The traffic has been backed up 24/7 to Elephant and Castle and down Kennington Lane because the Temporary Lights phasing is all wrong.

The straight through from E&C down Kennington Park Road should be Green 90% of the time, independent of other lanes. This is the principal cause of the traffic backing up to E&C.

The lane up from Kennington Lane toward E&C can be green at the same time as the filter right lane from E&C down kennington lane.

This then gives you more time for you to switch to the light from Kennington Park Road up to E&C.

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  • Thank you for your report. This will now be investigated by our team and we will aim to update you on progress within 10 days. If the issue you have reported is an emergency we will aim to update you on progress within 24 hours

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by TfL at 10:32, Tue 6 April 2021

  • Our routine inspections had already picked this one up. The temporary traffic signal arrangement is limited by the temporary layout of the junction and limitations of the temporary signal equipment. Whilst work is conducted pedestrians are required to cross both northbound and southbound lanes of Kennington Park Road at once, rather than the normal staggered arrangement that usually allows the signals to be more efficient. Also the temporary signal equipment does not have the same flexibility as permanent signals, therefore limiting the efficient operation of the junction. Despite these limitations we have made some improvements to the signal timings to reduce delays on the road network whilst these works are undertaken. We will continue to monitor and improve these timings over the coming days.Thank you for taking the time to report this to us. Should you need anything else or have any questions please contact customer services on 0343 222 1234

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by TfL at 16:59, Tue 6 April 2021

  • Our routine inspections had already picked this one up. The temporary traffic signal arrangement is limited by the temporary layout of the junction and limitations of the temporary signal equipment. Whilst work is conducted pedestrians are required to cross both northbound and southbound lanes of Kennington Park Road at once, rather than the normal staggered arrangement that usually allows the signals to be more efficient. Also the temporary signal equipment does not have the same flexibility as permanent signals, therefore limiting the efficient operation of the junction. Despite these limitations we have made some improvements to the signal timings to reduce delays on the road network whilst these works are undertaken. We will continue to monitor and improve these timings over the coming days.Thank you for taking the time to report this to us. Should you need anything else or have any questions please contact customer services on 0343 222 1234

    Posted by TfL at 16:59, Tue 6 April 2021

  • Is there any reason why both southbound lane cannot stay Green whilst the N/B Kennington Lane is Green.

    This would give longer for S/B traffic to clear E&C (as it continues to do, with raging drivers honking horns after 11pm last night).

    So proposed: Phase 1: S/B both lanes N/B Kennington Lane

    Phase 2: N/B Kennington Park Road

    Phase 3: Pedestrians Cross all roads

    Surely the Temp signals can handle that?

    Posted by Martin Bailey at 13:53, Wed 7 April 2021

  • Hello, how long will this continue? The traffic situation in Kennington is very, very bad at the moment. It would be helpful to know when it will be alleviated.

    Posted anonymously at 10:44, Sat 29 May 2021

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