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Temporary sign is in the wrong place

Reported via desktop in the General Fault category anonymously at 09:53, Thu 4 November 2021

Sent to TfL less than a minute later. TfL ref: FMS3103806.

The Problem Poor Road Design - if TfL contractors cannot work how their own road and cycle system works, then what chance is there for we users?

The Solution Proper Road Safety Auditing - so that TfL learns from, and corrects, mistakes.

What has happened On Monday a TfL contractor stopped his vehicle in my street, got out, looked around and along St George's Road, SE1, and drove off. His job was to put a solar powered screen in place to advise of imminent road works. He put it on the pavement by the junction of St George's Road and Garden Row. See photo

Why it raises more than the eyebrows of cyclists. Advising cyclists of roadworks is not usual, its message is of absolutely no interest as they are travelling southwards on Cycle Superhighway 6, Westminster Bridge Road is to their north, and CS6 does not go along Westminster Bridge Road.

What it demonstrates The design of CS6 is flawed and confusing. The contractor, along with drivers and more importantly cyclists, believes that St George's Road is a dual carriageway. Since its construction, along with the occasional vehicle, many northbound cyclists either stay on the road or use the pavement. Southbound cyclists use the pavement too. They look blank if you say anything. CS6 serves four schools between the Elephant and St George's Circus, but few children cycle. Why would they if drivers like the contractor don't know its a cycle lane and such dangers go unaddressed?

What pedestrians think They are exasperated as cyclists weave amongst them as CS6 should have made things better but poor design has made things worse.

What I think

Small improvements wouldn't cost a fortune. Some larger ones would but all would be more than repaid by it being better and safer for cyclists, kinder to pedestrians.

As to the sign Move it. If the warning of road works isn't read by those affected, local pollution will be even higher. The dire design at St George's Circus has hugely increased standing traffic in Westminster Bridge Road so can I have the faintest of hopes that the sign is for roadworks to remove the diabolical bus gate that blights the lives of residents and pedestrians, bus drivers and cyclists alike?

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  • Thank you for taking the time to report this to us. It is much appreciated. It was investigated by our team and regrettably we are unable to resolve it through Streetcare. In light of this, you may wish to contact our customer services team on 0343 222 1234, or by using this web form https://tfl.gov.uk/ help-and-contact/ contact-us-about-streets-and-other-road-issues , who will be able to help you with this query

    State changed to: Internal referral

    Posted by TfL at 19:37, Thu 4 November 2021

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