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Quietway consultation and TNRA's response

December 2014

On 16 December TNRA received the message below from Councillor Mark Williams, Southwark’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning & Transport.

"After careful consideration I have decided to proceed with the recommendation set out in the consultation, to extend the gap between the barriers and the gates from 1.2m to 1.5m on a trial basis. We will also install an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Camera that will issue Fixed Penalty Notices to any motorised vehicle that passes through the gates. Our experience elsewhere in the borough has been that these are extremely effective. As discussed when we met we will share the data from this ANPR camera with yourselves so that you can have confidence in their effectiveness. There will be a review of the new arrangements after 12 months, as you know I have particular concerns about the accessibility of the gates to disabled cyclists and those using non-conventional cycles (e.g. delivery bikes or parents with trailers). There is no set guidance for the width of a double chicane (for single chicanes it is 1.5m) for accessibility, to that end we will monitor the new arrangements closely to assess whether any access problems remain.

TNRA opposed any change to the gate. However, at one stage it seemed that the gate could be removed altogether and so Councillor Williams’ decision probably represents the best outcome that we could have hoped for. We have asked for the ANPR camera to be installed prior to or at the same time as the widening of the gap between the barriers and the gates rather than subsequently. We must also be mindful that this represents a temporary reprieve only and that "there will be a review of the new arrangements after 12 months.”

If you would like to share with us your thoughts on this decision, please email us at info@tnra.net.

September 2014

Formal consultation is underway on the proposed Quietway cycle route from Waterloo to Greenwich which will pass from Great Suffolk Street into Trinity Street, along the north side of Trinity Church Square, left up Globe Street and across Great Dover Street. The two areas for consultation in Trinity Village are Site J (the Globe Street/Trinity Street junction) and Site K (the Great Suffolk Street/Trinity Street junction). Download maps of the proposed route from the Southwark Council website here.

A report will be presented to the Borough, Bankside and Walworth Community Council meeting on Monday 29 September with recommendations which include possible removal of the barrier in Trinity Street. See here to download the report.

Our general observation is the plans for sites J and K look pretty good – especially along Globe Street. The extent and quality of the proposed changes is beyond what we expected. We are very pleased to see York stone proposed for the Globe Street pavements and the pedestrianisation (with new countdown timers) on the Trinity Street/Great Suffolk Street junction. The removal of the bollards on Globe Street and the junction with Trinity Street is also welcome. We understand from the Council that the resurfacing of Trinity Church Square is on the Council's resurfacing programme for 2014/15. We would support this as being essential for ride quality along the Quietway route. And ask that the short section of Trinity Street between Trinity Church Square and the Trinity Street/Great Suffolk Street junction is also resurfaced. The Site K drawing indicates that the resurfacing of the pavement on the south side of Trinity Street, close to the junction with Great Suffolk Street, will stop by 6 Trinity Street. We would argue for the resurfacing of the pavement on the south side of Trinity Street to run up to the junction with Trio Place, this being a more natural point for the resurfacing to end. 

We object very strongly to the proposed changes to the Trinity Street gate. TfL is looking to widen the gaps between the panels and the gate – in order to improve accessibility. Our view is that the gate is not a material obstruction – many hundreds of cyclists currently travel through the gate each day without experiencing inconvenience. We believe that any benefits in terms of accessibility that will follow from changes to the gate will be marginal and will be more than out-weighed by the safety implications of allowing motorbikes and mopeds to race up Trinity Street once more.