Petition to: extend the time on the second set of pedestrian crossing lights at the west side of the A501 and Park Crescent to allow for safe crossing to The Regents Park. 

This petition is now closed, as its deadline has passed.

We the undersigned petition Westminster City Council to extend the time on the second set of pedestrian crossing lights at the west side of the A501 and Park Crescent to allow for safe crossing to The Regents Park. . More details

Petition update from the council, 05 July 2018

Dear Christine

E-petition
Petition to: Extend the time on the second set of pedestrian crossing lights at the west side of the A501 and Park Crescent to allow for safe crossing to The Regents Park

I am writing in response to the City of Westminster E-petition that you submitted on 18 April 2018, please refer to Appendix 1.

It is also acknowledged that the petition was signed by 232 people on-line and an understood 32 people off-line and the support statement read as follow:

‘For the crossing to The Regents Park via the A501 from the traffic lights north of Crescent Park, the timing on the first set of lights to the island is sufficient, but the second set doesn’t permit adequate time to cross. This poses difficulties for children, the disabled and the elderly. In total, there are four schools with small children, teachers and staff located within proximity (L'Ecole International Franco-Anglaise, Abercorn School, Portland Place School and Queen's College Preparatory School) who use this intersection regularly. It would also be prudent for there to be railings which could possibly prevent pedestrians from falling onto an extremely busy and dangerous intersection. Our goal is to make more vulnerable road users such as children, the disabled and the elderly safer. We seek to create a safer, healthier and more pleasant environment.’

It is advised that the A501 Marylebone Road is part of strategic Transport for London Road Network (TLRN) rather than City of Westminster Highway. Officers have raised this matter with TfL and of the two raised concerns:

- To increase the ‘green man’ times at the northern end of the signalised pedestrian crossing; and
- To implement/ or return pedestrian guardrails to the pedestrian refuge area

TfL have advised the following:

‘At the moment there are junction improvements works on Marylebone Road, Baker Street and Gloucester Place as part of the Baker Street 2 way scheme. The traffic management associated with some these works has led to a reduction in road capacity in the area. This has been further exacerbated by ongoing Thames Water works. As a result of the above we have had to change the traffic signal timings to minimise the impact of the works and this has unfortunately affected the amount of green signal time available at the pedestrian crossings.

Given these constraints along with any unplanned incidents, we are doing all we can to make sure that delays are kept to a minimum. Our 24-hour control centre is continually monitoring the network and implementing contingency traffic signal timings when needed, as well as communicating with the public and other agencies to assist in making better informed journey choices.

As the junction improvement works on the main A501 are coming to an end, TfL will review the traffic signal timings at the crossing on the A501 Marylebone Road with Park Crescent. This will look at the feasibility of extending the green man signal time in line with TfL’s Healthy Streets review programme, while not impacting too much on other road users, such as bus passengers. We aim to have this completed by the end of this June 2018.’

And with regard to your request for guard railing within the central isle the following is advised:

Transport for London is supporting the Mayor’s ‘Healthy Streets’ agenda through street furniture ‘decluttering’ which includes pedestrian guardrails. ‘Healthy Streets’ makes reference to the importance of considering street furniture when encouraging more walking. Making streets easier to cross is important to encourage more walking and to connect communities. People prefer direct routes and being able to cross streets at their convenience. Physical barriers can make streets difficult to cross.’

Many road users perceive that the railings improve safety. However TfL has recently carried out a large study to monitor the safety statistics before and after pedestrian guardrails (PGR) were removed at junctions and crossings similar to this site. Across the 70 sites studied, there was a reduction of 56% in the number of pedestrians being killed or seriously injured (KSI) after railings were removed.

At staggered crossing such as this site guardrail creates a narrow central area which can become overcrowded and unpleasant for pedestrians. This video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yqc0VGew4ac taken just take up the road at Baker Street shows that at busy times this can result in pedestrians queuing in the road and unable to reach the safety of the island. Not only is this dangerous, it also causes further delay to pedestrians.

For these reasons guardrail will not be provided at this location.


Further advice on the installation of guardrail can be found in TfL’s Guardrail Assessment Guidance at:
http://content.tfl.gov.uk/guidance-on-assessment-of-pedestrian-guardrail.pdf.’

Yours sincerely

Richard Barker
Interim Executive Director, City Management and Communities

More details from petition creator

For the crossing to The Regents Park via the A501 from the traffic lights north of Crescent Park, the timing on the first set of lights to the island is sufficient, but the second set doesn’t permit adequate time to cross. This poses difficulties for children, the disabled and the elderly. In total, there are four schools with small children, teachers and staff located within proximity (L'Ecole International Franco-Anglaise, Abercorn School, Portland Place School and Queen's College Preparatory School) who use this intersection regularly. It would also be prudent for there to be railings which could possibly prevent pedestrians from falling onto an extremely busy and dangerous intersection. Our goal is to make more vulnerable road users such as children, the disabled and the elderly safer. We seek to create a safer, healthier and more pleasant environment.

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