Proposals for a Safer Junction at Edgware Road and Harrow Road have been approved today by Transport for London (TfL).
Following consultation across June and July this year, TfL have announced that the scheme will now progress to detailed design stage.
TfL’s Safer Junctions programme aims to reduce road danger at some of the most hazardous junctions in London. These junctions have high collision rates for vulnerable road users, including people walking and cycling. This programme directly contributes to TfL’s Vision Zero target to stop people from dying and being seriously injured on London’s road network by 2041.
A number of issues were identified with the current junction layout:
- Pedestrians not using designated crossing points;
- Narrow existing pedestrian islands;
- A lack of cycle facilities, especially southbound where the road layout is not cycle friendly.
The proposals include:
- Introducing a 20mph speed limit across the junction;
- Widening all pedestrian crossings to make for a more comfortable and safer crossing;
- Filling in the ramp and stairs area of three Joe Strummer subway entrances with soil and vegetation in order to create a series of rain gardens;
- Banning the left turn from Harrow Road into Edgware Road northbound;
- Building out the northwest corner to remove the slip road and provide a better pedestrian environment;
- Converting the staggered crossing to a straight across crossing to create better and safer routes to and from Edgware Road Bakerloo line station;
- Changing the current three lane road layout to two traffic lanes and a cycle lane through the junction;
- Widening the southbound bus lane to 4.5m as it passes the bus stop;
- Installing cyclist early start signals;
- Extending the bus lane north of Newcastle Place;
- Converting the short section of Edgware Road northbound bus lane beneath the flyover into a cycle lane;
- On Harrow Road westbound reducing the road width to two lanes by building out the footway on the southwest corner;
- Reducing the width of the westbound slip road from Marylebone Road to one 4.5m lane by building out the footway on the southeast corner of the junction;
- Installing a rapid charging point for use by electric taxis beneath the Marylebone flyover on the southeast side of the junction;
- Removing the guardrail and narrowing the pedestrian island of the pedestrian crossing to the south of the flyover to allow for an 8.0m carriageway width on the southbound Edgware Road to prevent traffic merging with cyclists.
TfL received 217 responses to the consultation, 202 from members of the public and 15 from stakeholders. You can read the full consultation report here.
Work will commence on the scheme in 2020.