Blackheath Hill Lewisham Road Junction

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Dear Transport for London,

Following these collisions,
24.3.10 Pedal Cyclist seriously injured
15.7.12, Pedestrian seriously injured

and following the report by Mr. Matt Barker, that
"it is in my opinion unforgivable that pedestrians do not have a protected signallised phase to cross the road without having to worry about being hit by turning vehicles. "
which received a reply by William Sullivan (Yor ref: 1013914055/WS ) which said:
"At present we are still investigating the matter. I hope to be able to give you a full response as soon as possible, when our investigations are complete."

and taking in consideration your duties after Section 39 of the Road Traffic Act 1988,

can you please disclose:

a. the reports following your investigations of the two collisions mentioned above
b. your investigation regarding the lack of pedestrian signalled crossing at the junction,
c. whether you will be installing an all green pedestrian phase at the junction
d. if the answer to c. is yes, when will you carry out the work
e. if the answer to c. is no, why do you feel it is not necessary.

Yours faithfully,

Andrea Casalotti

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Casalotti

 

Our ref:  FOI-1500-1516

 

Thank you for your email received on 9 November 2015 asking for
information about the Blackheath Hill / Lewisham Road Junction.

 

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Graham Hurt

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Dear Mr Casalotti

 

Our ref: FOI-1500-1516

 

Thank you for your email received on 9 November 2015 asking for
information about the Blackheath Hill / Lewisham Road Junction. I am sorry
for the delay in replying.

 

Your request has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and our information access policy. I can confirm that
we do hold some of the information you require.

 

Please see below our response to each of the questions you have raised.

 

a.    Police investigations are undertaken when there are fatal collisions
on the network. TfL do not usually undertake investigations for individual
collisions that take place. However we do have a record, sent to us by the
police, which details all collisions and we are then able to analyse the
data to identify junctions or stretches of road where there is a higher
than average number or pattern of collisions than would be expected for
that area. Therefore we don’t hold any reports as such following the two
collisions, we only hold the record showing the details of the collisions.
Looking at the contributing factors for these collisions, neither of them
would have been prevented by the provision of a signalised crossing
facility.

 

b.    Investigations into the provision of a controlled pedestrian
crossing took place before either of these collisions occurred. Attached
are documents summarising the impacts a signalised crossing would have on
the movement of other traffic along the A2 and Lewisham Road. It was for
these reasons that the option for a signalised crossing has not been
progressed to date.

 

Please note that in accordance with TfL’s obligations under the Data
Protection Act 1998 (DPA), personal information such as signatures and
direct telephone numbers have been removed from the attached documents, as
required by section 40(2) of the FOI Act. This is because disclosure of
this personal data would be a breach of the DPA, specifically the first
principle of the DPA which requires all processing of personal data to be
fair and lawful. It would not be fair to disclose this personal
information when the individuals have no expectation it would be disclosed
and TfL has not satisfied one of the conditions of Schedule 2 of the Data
Protection Act which would make the processing ‘fair’.

 

c.    As the above investigations were undertaken some time ago, and due
to the level of representations made, we have decided to take a fresh look
and are going to add this junction back onto our works programme for
further investigation. The primary objective is to introduce a signalised
crossing on the eastern arm of the junction (Blackheath Hill). This is
likely to require banning of the right turn from Lewisham Road so at this
stage we’re not sure whether a crossing will be feasible but we will
explore all options with our designers. This scheme needs to be
prioritised alongside all other schemes on our programme so we do not yet
have a timescale for investigations to begin; however it is hoped that
this will be in early 2016.

 

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable
to access it for some reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

If you are not satisfied with this response please see the attached
information sheet for details of your right to appeal.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Graham Hurt

 

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

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