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  • Heavy Goods Vehicles Safety Standard Permit /Direct Vision Standard

    Created by Simon Munk // 1 thread

    Tfl says:

    We have undertaken research that shows that in 2015, Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) were involved in disproportionately high numbers of fatal collisions with cyclists (78 per cent) and pedestrians (20 per cent) on London’s streets, despite only making up four per cent of the overall miles driven in the Capital. The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) forms part of The Mayor, Sadiq Khan and TfL’s Vision Zero approach to reducing road danger. The DVS categorises HGVs on the level of the driver’s direct vision from the cab.

    We consulted earlier this year on the principles of a new DVS. Listening to the feedback from this consultation and working closely with industry and stakeholders we have now further developed this scheme. The Consultation report and Responses to Issues Raised document from this first phase of consultation are available to view in from the links at the bottom of this text. The responses showed that, in general, there is support for the principle of a Direct Vision Standard.

    We are now seeking your views on proposals to introduce a new Safety Standard Permit Scheme as part of DVS which widens our approach beyond direct vision and includes a safe system approach to allow us to address a broader range of road danger risks.

    The proposed scheme would require all HGVs over 12 tonnes to hold a Safety Permit to operate in Greater London from 2020. HGVs will be given a rating between ‘zero-star’ (lowest) and ‘five-star’ (highest). Only those vehicles rated ‘one star’ and above would be allowed to enter of operate in London from 2020. Zero rated vehicles would only be allowed if they can prove compliance through safe system measures. By 2024 only ‘three-star’ rated HGVs and above would automatically be given a Safety Permit. HGVs rated two star and below would need to demonstrate increased safety through progressive safe system measures.

    The safe system could include specific industry recognised measures such as sensors, visual warnings and comprehensive driver training. The Safety Standard Permit scheme would evolve over time, taking into account advances in technology.

    Detailed information about the scheme and the approach in which we have arrived at our current proposals are set out in the consultation document. A full Integrated Impact Assessment is also included.

    The consultation approach
    We are undertaking a phased consultation approach at key stages of the development of the consultation proposals to implement the Direct Vision Standard:

    Phase 1 (24 January to 18 April 2017) – we set out the case for HGV driver direct vision and consulted on the Mayor of London’s outline proposals to introduce a Direct Vision Standard for HGVs in London and the principles of the Standard itself. The responses showed that, in general, there is support for the principle of a Direct Vision Standard.

    Phase 2a – policy consultation (this consultation) – this current phase of consultation seeks views and feedback on the scheme proposals as outlined above and within the supporting consultation document which includes supporting technical reports including the full Integrated Impact Assessment. Feedback from this phase of consultation will be used to develop a second IIA and finalise the scheme proposals to be included in phase 2b of the consultation.

    Phase 2b - Final scheme proposals and statutory consultation (Spring/Summer 2018) – this final phase will consult on the final proposals for the HGV Safety Standard Permit Scheme, including statutory consultation on the appropriate regulatory measure to ban or restrict HGVs in London under the scheme, subject to UK Government and European Commission support and notification.

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  • London Assembly Transport Committee Bus network design, safety

    Created by Simon Munk // 1 thread

    London Assembly said:
    "Buses are the busiest form of public transport in London. The city has 675 bus routes, with around 9,000 buses in operation and over 19,000 bus stops. Approximately 2.5 billion bus passenger trips are made every year, around double the number made on London Underground.
    "TfL commissions private operators to run bus services in London, awarding seven-year contracts to operate bus routes. Although bus safety (in terms of casualty numbers) has improved over recent years, there was a spike in bus collision fatalities in 2015.
    "The London Assembly Transport Committee is investigating two aspects of bus services in London: Network Design and Safety."

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  • Mayor's Transport Strategy

    Created by Simon Munk // 1 thread

    Draft Mayor's Transport Strategy 2017
    On June 21 Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, published a draft of the Mayor's Transport Strategy. The document sets out the Mayor’s policies and proposals to reshape transport in London over the next 25 years.

    About the strategy

    Transport has the potential to shape London, from the streets Londoners live, work and spend time on, to the Tube, rail and bus services they use every day.

    By using the Healthy Streets Approach to prioritise human health and experience in planning the city, the Mayor wants to change London’s transport mix so the city works better for everyone.

    Three key themes are at the heart of the strategy.

    1. Healthy Streets and healthy people
    Creating streets and street networks that encourage walking, cycling and public transport use will reduce car dependency and the health problems it creates.

    2. A good public transport experience
    Public transport is the most efficient way for people to travel over distances that are too long to walk or cycle, and a shift from private car to public transport could dramatically reduce the number of vehicles on London’s streets.

    3. New homes and jobs
    More people than ever want to live and work in London. Planning the city around walking, cycling and public transport use will unlock growth in new areas and ensure that London grows in a way that benefits everyone.

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  • Charlie Brown’s Roundabout

    Created by George Lund // 2 threads

    Transport for London are "proposing improvements for pedestrians and cyclists by providing signalised shared ‘Toucan’ crossings for pedestrians and cyclists on all four arms of Charlie Brown’s Roundabout. Presently there are no signalised crossings at the roundabout. Pedestrians and cyclists using the existing un-signalised informal crossing points need to wait for a safe gap in the traffic to cross, which can be difficult at times and make them feel unsafe."

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  • A12 Eastern Avenue at B177 Barley Lane and Hainault Road

    Created by Simon Munk // 1 thread

    TfL Overview

    Why are we proposing this?
    The A12 Eastern Avenue is a major strategic road on the Transport for London Road Network linking the A406 North Circular Road to the M25 and the east coast via Essex.
    Barley Lane is a large junction on the A12 in the local area of Little Heath, close to Redbridge College and King George Hospital in the London Borough of Redbridge.
    Currently, the only formal pedestrian crossing point at the junction is a footbridge over the A12 Eastern Avenue, to the west. This crossing is not step-free.
    There is a long-standing issue with traffic congestion at the junction, frequently highlighted by local residents and also staff and visitors to the nearby King George Hospital.
    We are proposing new signalised pedestrian and cyclist crossing facilities and road layout improvements at the A12 Eastern Avenue junction with B177 Barley Lane and Hainault Road.
    Our proposals intend to help traffic flow more smoothly, reduce delays experienced by right turning traffic at the junction, and make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the road.

    What we are proposing?

    Key features

    Improved traffic flow
    We want to reduce congestion and delays to traffic using the junction, in particular on the A12 Eastern Avenue eastbound and B177 Barley Lane northbound. We propose:
    - Changes to the road layout to lengthen the right-turn lane on the A12 eastbound approach. This would improve traffic flow, offering additional road space and increased capacity for vehicles. We would create space by cutting into the central reservation. This would require the removal of one tree, which would also improve the line of sight for traffic as it approaches the junction
    - New traffic signals (see pedestrian crossing improvements below) with optimised signal timings so that the whole junction can operate more efficiently
    - An additional green light stage in the traffic light sequence for vehicles turning right from Barley Lane, heading northbound
    - New white line-markings to provide clearer direction to vehicles.

    Pedestrian crossing improvements
    We want to make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the road at the junction in a safer and more direct way. We propose:
    - New signalised pedestrian crossings on each section of the junction, replacing all existing unsignalised crossing points. This would require the removal of pedestrian guardrail on the north western arm of the junction
    - The introduction of new shared pedestrian/cycle ‘Toucan’ crossings on the southern arm of the junction. The new crossings would link with the existing shared-use path
    - More pavement space on pedestrian islands
    - Footway resurfacing to improve the current poor pavement. Tactile paving would be installed at all crossing points

    Further information
    If this proposal goes ahead we would reduce the speed limit on the A12 Eastern Avenue through the junction from 50mph to 40mph for safety reasons. The reduced 40mph speed limit would span approximately 200 metres east and west of the centre of the junction, creating a safer environment for pedestrians and traffic.
    We also plan to have a general tidy up at the junction. This could include the replacement of some vehicle barriers and pedestrian guard-railing, relocation of street lighting and signage, and new planting on the central reserve.
    The existing pedestrian footbridge to the west of the junction would remain unchanged under this proposal.
    These proposals are part of our Road Modernisation Plan, which consists of hundreds of projects to make London's road network safer and more reliable.
    Subject to the outcome of this consultation, we hope to start works during summer 2017.

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