Campaign launched to tackle Jamaica Road traffic chaos

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Liberal Democrat councillors have launched a campaign to put yellow boxes at key junctions along Jamaica Road to reduce the current traffic chaos.

Last year the councillors invited senior officials from Transport for London, who manage traffic in Jamaica Road, to see first hand the gridlock caused every day.  TfL agreed to look at re-designing the Rotherhithe Tunnel roundabout to reduce congestion and proposals are expected this year.

As a short-term measure Riverside Liberal Democrat councillors are calling for yellow boxes to be installed at the junctions with St.James’ Road and with Abbey Street.  The aim would be reduce congestion by preventing vehicles turning right from blocking Jamaica Road completely.

The Liberal Democrats have now launched an online petition at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7LXWGC9 and are calling on residents to sign up to show Transport for London action is needed now on Jamaica Road to stop the constant traffic snarl-ups.

Riverside Liberal Democrat councillor Eliza Mann said:

“Everyone knows the chaos caused by traffic jams day in and day out along Jamaica Road.  It’s often quicker to get off and walk than take the bus.

“Not only is it frustrating for drivers and bus passengers, but the pollution caused by cars stop-starting or crawling along at a snail’s pace is also bad for the health of residents living around Jamaica Road and pedestrians.

“Liberal Democrat Councillors are here to fight residents’ corner.  We need as many local residents to support our campaign for yellow boxes along Jamaica Road now while we keep up the pressure on TfL to improve the Rotherhithe Tunnel roundabout.”