London’s transport bosses have been challenged to spend rush hour on gridlocked Jamaica Road to see for themselves the travel chaos plaguing commuters and nearby residents.
Liberal Democrat councillors for the area have asked senior managers at Transport for London to come to the renowned traffic hotspot at its after-work peak, in the hope it will speed up the process of dealing with the problem.
Councillors in Riverside and Rotherhithe wards have long been battling to get TfL to make changes to the layout of the road to ease congestion, supported by London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon AM and Bermondsey MP Simon Hughes.
Pictured is the Riverside ward Lib Dem team: Cllr Anood Al-Samerai, Cllr Eliza Mann and council candidate Hamish McCallum.
After a number of meetings in the past year between ward councillors and TfL, new designs for the Rotherhithe roundabout are currently being looked at to help the flow of traffic. TfL has also recently agreed to consider a yellow box junction at St James Road.
However, councillors say they are frustrated it has taken so long to come up with the designs, with local residents still stuck in heavy traffic on a daily basis.
The local Liberal Democrat team has now written to senior TfL managers, inviting them to come along to Jamaica Road during weekday rush hour to witness the problems and discuss the issue further.
Commenting, Liberal Democrat councillor for Riverside ward Cllr Eliza Mann said:
"We want senior TfL managers to spend the 5pm rush hour on Jamaica Road with local Lib Dem councillors to see for themselves exactly how bad the problem is. Surely that is an offer too good to refuse!"
Liberal Democrat councillor for Rotherhithe ward Cllr Wilma Nelson added:
"Maybe if TfL managers experience what it is really like then they might speed up the process of getting the issue sorted out. In the meantime, we will keep on campaigning until the junctions are safe and the traffic moves at more than a snail's pace."