Action on Tower Bridge Road junction welcome but overdue

New plans to improve a dangerous junction on Tower Bridge Road are welcome but long overdue, say local Liberal Democrat councillors.

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Two years on from the tragic death of cyclist Ellie Carey at the corner of Tower Bridge Road and Abbey Street, Transport for London(TfL) have now opened a consultation on changes to the layout with the aim of improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

Liberal Democrat councillors in Grange ward have welcomed action on the junction - but hit out at TfL for dithering over the issue. Local councillors were shown the consultation documents six months ago, yet they have only been officially published this week.

The TfL consultation is now open for comments until 14 February athttps://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/streets/abbey-street.

Grange ward Liberal Democrat councillors and campaigners say they will support the proposed Plan 1 in the consultation document, which would see a signalised crossing on the northern and western arms of the junction as well as an uncontrolled crossing on the southern and eastern arms.

  • Southwark Liberal Democrats will also be putting a motion on cycle safety to Council Assembly on 22 January, calling for the council to conduct an urgent cross-party review of all the borough's main roads to identify necessary safety upgrades and changes to layout, including segregated cycle lanes.

Commenting, Grange ward Liberal Democrat councillor Mark Gettleson said:

"After starting the crossing campaign in 2010, news of real action to make the junction safer is welcome but also long overdue."

"It is a tragedy that it has taken so long to get to this point. We were promised urgent action following Ellie Carey's death in December 2011, so why has it taken two years for it to come to consultation?"

"This junction cannot be taken in isolation from the wider transport nightmare that simultaneous developments are causing in the area: London Bridge, Potters Field, Guy's and others further west. This is why the council must prioritise a proper transport study for the entire area. Taking a piecemeal approach to every junction will fail."