Residents fed up with traffic chaos in Jamaica Road should see fewer snarl-ups after a Liberal Democrat campaign for yellow boxes got the green light recently.
Congestion along Lower and Jamaica Roads and around the Rotherhithe Tunnel roundabout has been a long-running issue for local residents and the problem has got even worse since the temporary closure of Tower Bridge in October.
There are fears that congestion and traffic levels will get even worse when a new tunnel opens at the Silvertown Link and drivers come instead to Southwark to cross toll-free at the Rotherhithe Tunnel or Tower Bridge.
Earlier this year Liberal Democrat councillors launched a campaign for yellow boxes at key junctions along Jamaica Road to reduce the current traffic chaos. Last month Transport for London confirmed that the campaign had been successful.
Three new, permanent yellow boxes have now been painted at:
Jamaica Road/ Abbey Street junction
Jamaica Road/ St.James’ Road junction
Jamaica Road/ Southwark Park Road junction
The yellow boxes should reduce congestion by keeping junctions clear and by preventing turning vehicles from blocking traffic flows along Jamaica Road.
Riverside ward Liberal Democrat councillor Eliza Mann said:
“Traffic along Jamaica Road has been worse than ever since Tower Bridge closed, so it is brilliant news that Liberal Democrat calls for yellow boxes at these key junctions have been listened to.
“The constant traffic jams are frustrating for drivers and bus passengers. But the pollution caused by vehicles stop-starting or crawling along Jamaica Road at a snail’s pace is also bad for the health of residents living around Jamaica Road and all pedestrians.
“Liberal Democrat councillors are fighting residents’ corner. We want to thank everyone who signed our petition for yellow boxes. This is a great community victory which will hopefully improve traffic flows in Jamaica Road. The next step is to sort out the Rotherhithe Tunnel roundabout.”