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'Safer junctions' safety studies

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Dear Transport for London,

In 2017 TfL released a list of the 73 junctions in the Capital with the worst safety records (https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/press-...), including a commitment that "19 junctions will undergo new safety studies".

Could you please disclose a list of which of these have had safety studies completed and which have not been completed? And for those completed, can you please disclose a copy of each relevant report/study? Please let me know if there are any questions or issues.

For reference, the junction list is below (junction on one line, borough on the next)
Camden High Street/Parkway (Lte Station)
Camden
Arthur Street/King William St/Monument Street
City Of London
Kingsland Road/Whiston Road/Nuttall Street
Hackney
Balls Pond Road/Kingsland Road/borough boundary
Hackney
High Road (N15)/Seven Sisters Road
Haringey
Hogarth Lane/Burlington Lane
Hounslow
Holloway Road/Parkhurst Road
Islington
Pentonville Road/Islington High Street
Islington
Chelsea Embankment/Chelsea Bridge Road/Grosvenor Road
Kensington & Chelsea
Acre Lane/Brixton Hill
Lambeth
Brixton Road/Atlantic Road
Lambeth
Brixton Road/Stockwell Road/Gresham Road
Lambeth
Clapham Road/Union Road
Lambeth
Elephant & Castle (South roundabout) Southwark
East India Dock Rd/Stainsby Road (Ats)
Tower Hamlets
Upper Tooting Road/Tooting Bec Road
Wandsworth
Hyde Park Corner/Park Lane
Westminster
Knightsbridge/Brompton Road
Westminster
Edgware Road/Harrow Road
Westminster

Yours faithfully,

Jules Mattsson

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Mattsson

 

Our Ref:         FOI-1419-1819

 

Thank you for your request received on 22 August 2018 asking for
information about the Safer Junctions Programme.

 

Your request will be processed by TfL, the Greater London Authority and
its subsidiaries to provide you with a response in accordance with the
Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy.

 

A response will be sent to you by 20 September 2018. We publish a
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In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please
do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

Senior FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

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Dear Mr Mattsson

 

Our Ref:          FOI-1419-1819

 

Thank you for your request received on 22 August 2018 asking for
information about the Safer Junctions Programme.

 

Your request is being considered under the terms of the Environmental
Information Regulations (EIRs).

 

Unfortunately because of its complexity, we will be unable to resolve your
request within the initial statutory 20 working day deadline. This is
because we are still reviewing the information we are intending to
disclose.

 

To enable us to fully consider your request, in accordance with the EIRs
we have had to extend the deadline for providing a response to 40 working
days from the date we received your request. The amended date for a final
response is now 18 October 2018. We are working hard to ensure that you
receive a response before this date. 

 

I apologise for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause you. If you
have any queries or would like to discuss your request, please feel free
to contact me.   

 

If you are not satisfied with this response, please read the attached
help-sheet entitled ‘Your Right to Appeal.’

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

Senior FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

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Dear Mr Mattsson

 

Our Ref:          FOI-1419-1819

 

Thank you for your request received on 22 August 2018 asking for
information about the Safer Junctions Programme.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Environmental Information Regulations and our information access
policy. I can confirm we hold some of the information you require.

 

The Safer Junctions programme was launched in April 2017 by the Walking
and Cycling Commissioner, Will Norman, pledging a new approach to
delivering safety improvements for pedestrians and cyclists across the
Capital.

 

Immediately following the launch, investigative work commenced at the 19
junctions where new collision studies were to be carried out. To inform
opportunities for potential improvements, at all 19 locations, Healthy
Streets checks have been completed, site visits have taken place with key
internal stakeholders and thorough reviews of previous design work have
been undertaken. Internal and external staff resources have been mobilised
and a Safer Junctions Programme Board has been established. In June 2018,
additional funding to carry out feasibility design on the 19 new locations
was approved. 

 

Following a review of the collision data and previous safety
investigations, it was decided that three locations – Hyde Park Corner /
Park Lane, Hogarth Lane / Burlington Lane and Pentonville Road / Islington
High Street would require more transformative improvements. These three
sites consequently require detailed and ambitious Outcome Plans. 

 

In accordance with the EIR, we are not obliged to supply our proposed
plans for the following junctions:

 

·         Hogarth Lane/Burlington Lane

·         Pentonville Road/Islington High Street

·         Hyde Park Corner/Park Lane

 

These plans are subject to a statutory exemption to the right of access to
information, under regulation 12(4)(d) of the EIR. In this instance the
exemption has been applied as the information you have requested is
incomplete. These plans have been drafted in conjunction with key internal
stakeholders, but the documents are yet to be finalised. When the
documents are formally issued, these can be requested.

 

This exemption is subject to a public interest test, which requires us to
assess whether the public interest in applying the exemption outweighs the
public interest in disclosure. In this instance, it is considered that the
public interest favours the disclosure of this information, in context and
according to the pre-determined schedule, rather than in response to your
request, to ensure the information is provided accurately and in an
accessible manner.

 

Additionally, the Engineering Brief for Brixton Road/Atlantic Road is also
being withheld under regulation 12(4)(d). The collision study is currently
in progress, therefore the document is still incomplete.

 

Since February 2018, work at 11 of the junctions has been accelerated and
feasibility design is underway. High level programme details can be viewed
in the Mayor’s Vision Zero Action Plan, published on our website
[1]http://content.tfl.gov.uk/vision-zero-ac.... TfL will
announce more detail around specific delivery dates, when they are
confirmed later this year.

 

We will not be producing Engineering Briefs for the following junctions as
the scope of the Safer Junctions work has been incorporated into other
projects: 

 

·        High Road (N15) / Seven Sisters Road: Improvements at this
junction are currently being investigated as part of the feasibility
design work for the new cycle route between Camden and to Tottenham Hale.
Construction work on this route is scheduled to commence in late 2019
(subject to consultation).

·        Holloway Road / Parkhurst Road: Improvements at this junction are
currently being investigated as part of the feasibility design work for
the new cycle route between Camden and Tottenham Hale. Construction work
on this route is scheduled to commence in late 2019 (subject to
consultation).

·        Arthur Street / King William Street / Monument Street:  This
junction was closed in March 2015 and is not planned to reopen until
2021. Local traffic patterns have also been altered as a result of the
Bank junction closure by City of London. Whilst a collision study will be
carried out to understand the collision trends, a longer term plan will
need to be established following the construction of several local major
developments. This will ensure that the future road layout meets the
requirements for the anticipated future pedestrian and cycle demand.

·        Kingsland Road / Whiston Road / Nutall Street: A cycle
improvement scheme was recently implemented at this junction and the
collision record is being monitored on the TfL’s Traffic Accident Diary
System to ascertain if further interventions under the Safer Junctions
programme are required. 

·         Kingsland Road / Balls Pond Road / Borough Boundary: To expedite
delivery of the proposed improvements, this junction will be reviewed and
incorporated into an existing TfL project along the A10 corridor. 

 

Please see the attached Engineering Briefs for the following junctions:

 

·         Camden High Street/Parkway (Lte Station)  

·         Chelsea Embankment/Chelsea Bridge Road/Grosvenor Road

·         Acre Lane/Brixton Hill

·         Brixton Road/Stockwell Road/Gresham Road

·         Clapham Road/Union Road

·         Elephant & Castle (South roundabout)

·         East India Dock Rd/Stainsby Road (Ats)

·         Upper Tooting Road/Tooting Bec Road

·         Knightsbridge/Brompton Road

·         Edgware Road/Harrow Road

 

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

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would
like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Jacob

Senior FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

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