A2 (between Black Prince and the Blackwall Tunnel) Average Speed Cameras 30mph

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Dear Transport for London,

Could you please tell me the following regarding the 30mph average speed camera zone along the above mentioned stretch of the A2 before/after Blackwall Tunnel:

1. Considering the speed limit before and after the 30mph average speed zone is 50mph, what on Earth is the point of having a 10 minute stretch of road that is limited to 30mph?

If one is travelling southbound through Blackwall Tunnel, the speed limit is 30mph through the tunnel and just after, then it becomes 50mph on the dual carriageway, then there is the above mentioned completely nonsensical stretch of 30mph average speed limit in the middle, before returning once again to a 50mph limit going through Bexleyheath...until you finally make it to the M2 motorway and the 70mph limit.

2. What is the point and more importantly how long will this last for?

Yours faithfully,

Stuart Bell

FOI, Transport for London

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Ref: 2859199
 
15 July 2016 
 
Dear Mr Bell
 
Thank you for your email regarding the speed limit on the A2 between Black
Prince and the Blackwall Tunnel.

I appreciate you taking the time to query this with us.
The speed limit has been reduced to 30mph between the Kidbrooke
Interchange and Eltham Tunnel. This is a temporary change to facilitate a
Safety Barrier (VRS) renewal scheme, and the location is being monitored
and enforced by Variable speed limit cameras. Works are taking place at
night between 21:00 and 05:00.

To minimise disruption to road users, and for the safety of personnel
carrying out the works, night time lane closures and a 24 hour speed
restriction is in place as the safety barrier system has been removed. For
safety reasons, until the barrier is complete, we cannot raise the speed
limit without closing lane 2.

The temporary 30mph speed limit is in operation in both directions of the
A2 between Eltham Tunnel and the Kidbrooke Park Road junction for the
duration of the works, which are anticipated to be complete by the end of
August 2016.

We apologise for the inconvenience that may be caused as a result of these
essential works.

Thanks again for contacting us. If there is anything else we can help you
with, please reply to this email. Alternatively, you can speak to one of
our Customer Service Advisers on 0343 222 1234, who will be happy to help.

Kind regards
 
Alfie Buckley
Customer Service Agent
Transport for London Customer Services
 
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Dear Transport for London,

The end of August has passed and the restrictions are still in place. What is the next predicted completion date for the works?

Yours sincerely,

Stuart Bell

 
Ref: 2859199
 
16 September 2016 

Dear Mr Bell

Thank you for your further email of 7 September about the works on the A2
between Black Prince and the Blackwall Tunnel.
I’m sorry we were not able to complete these works by August as expected
and I appreciate you taking the time to contact us again about this.

We anticipate that all works should be complete by 25 November 2016. All
signage on site will be updated to reflect this.

We apologise for the inconvenience that may be caused as a result of these
essential works.

Thanks again for contacting us. If there is anything else we can help you
with, please reply to this email. Alternatively, you can speak to one of
our Customer Service Advisers on 0343 222 1234, who’ll be happy to help.

Kind regards

Nabeela
Customer Service Adviser
Transport for London Customer Services
 
 
 
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Dear Transport for London,

Yet another of your completion dates is here and yet again the 30mph speed restrictions are still in place.

I use that stretch of road day and night and have still not seen a single worker doing anything whatsoever, ever.

Have you caught enough people on the speed cameras yet? When is the next fantastical completion date?

Yours sincerely,

Stuart Bell

Transport for London

Ref: 7306020

5 January 2016

Dear Mr Bell

Thanks for your further email of 25 November about the works taking place
on the A2.

We appreciate your frustration and apologise for the ongoing works on the
A2 between Kidbrooke Interchange and Eltham Tunnel. Please also accept my
apologies for the delay in responding to you on this occasion.

The works on the A2 are to replace the vehicle restraint system (VRS) or
‘crash barrier’ which stops vehicles being able to cross over onto to
opposite carriageway. During the construction, we have encountered a
number of engineering difficulties which have delayed our programme. As a
consequence we have had to redesign some sections completely –
particularly over some of the structures.

At times, no work on the VRS has been able to take place owing to the need
for re-designing. To ensure that the space was not wasted, where possible
during these periods we have utilised the closures for other works that
had been required in the area. Amongst these was the installation of the
average speed cameras.

Please note that the 30mph speed limit is there to protect drivers on the
A2, as well as the workforce when it is present. With the barrier
incomplete in sections there would remain the possibility of vehicles
crossing from one carriageway to the other, and risking head-on
collisions. If we were to increase the speed of the road again whilst it
was in this condition, and a crossover occurred, a collision could be the
equivalent of a car hitting a wall at 100mph. It would have devastating
consequences. The lower speed limit mitigates this risk.

The average speed cameras aren’t in operation as yet and the projected
date for commencement of their operation is February 2017. Clear signage
will be in place prior to the cameras’ use.

Thanks again for contacting us. If there is anything else we can help you
with, please reply to this email. Alternatively, you can speak to one of
our Customer Service Advisers on 0343 222 1234, who’ll be happy to help
you.

Kind regards

Liam Nichols
Customer Service Adviser
Transport for London Customer Services

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