Sunday, 29 January 2012

TfL's equivalent to rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic

For once I almost welcome this sign. Over the coming week Transport for London are removing the railings that limit the options for pedestrians to cross the five-lane one-way motorstrosity that St George's Road has become.
Unfortunately TfL are using their time and energy on piddling interventions rather than on measures that will make a real difference. This road,  with three schools on one side and a park on the other, should swiftly be made two-way and cycle-friendly.

As well as having no plans to make St George's Road two-way in the imminent future, TfL don't plan to make the one-way motorway bit of Westminster Bridge Road two-way and a mellow place to be and cycle.

I hope that the Catholic church are pulling its flock together to fight TfL's oppression of this area. After all St George's RC Cathedral,  Catholic primary and secondary schools, and the offices of Catholic charity CAFOD are all hemmed in by these truly nasty roads.

Come on TfL, put your energies into real, not superficial, change.

1 comment:

Mark S said...

I really am beginning to wonder if the powers that be can see how un-needed these massive urban freeways are? Do we really need to have 5 lanes of motorised vehicle capacity without even a thought for cyclists or those poor pedestrians who may want to get from one side of the road to the other WITHOUT either a huge diversion or a real life game of Frogger?

In the few places so far that I have noticed railings have been removed it has made crossing the road slightly quicker as you can now follow the desire line - the key one I have found for this is near Mornington Crescent Station when heading from Greater London House to the Sainsbury opposite, it used to mean a small detour to navigate the various pedestrians pens however now (as long as your quick) it's a relatively easy crossing IF you ignore the placement of the actual pedestrian crossing. Of course a zebra crossing would probably cause too may problems with "smoothing of traffic flow" to even be considered up there....(I appreciate this is somewhat out of the area of this blog!)

The sooner we start engineering roads with vulnerable users considered first rather then last the better IMHO.