Four Newham Cyclists participated in another cycle round the Stratford works on 4 June with Michael Barratt, TfLs influential Development Development Impacts Manager and Paul Gannon, the Newham Council Officer managing the restructuring project, .
Here is their full Report with the full list of actions, and more (annotated) photos:
By way of reminder, the Stratford Gyratory scheme has been generally welcomed by Newham Cyclists. The works already completed give a flavour of the benefits to come.
One of our concerns has been to ensure cyclists remain as safe as possible during the lengthy construction works. The very positive approach by all concerned is helping to achieve this. The engagement of TfL and Newham Council is very welcome.
At present there are two major issues, which are recognised as difficult to avoid at present:
- The closure of the cycle track in the Grove. However Paul indicated that this was planned to open southbound in the next few weeks. Cyclists going northbound can still use the wide shared use pavement up to Great Eastern Street.
- The cycle lane completed in the Broadway westbound can only be used for cyclists turning into Tramway Avenue towards Plaistow. it cannot be used for continuing westbound to Stratford High St.
Otherwise it is necessary to move into the centre lane in order to get to the now open westbound lane outside the Old Town Hall. Please be aware of this if you are going westbound through Stratford to Bow in order to avoid conflict with pedestrians.
Otherwise a series of minor modifications (moving fences, changing the position of signs, covering loose wires etc.) were suggested.
The 4m wide two way cycle track between Angel Lane and The Grove, which is currently under construction may need to be temporarily limited in width at first to prevent the idea arising that this is extra car parking space. Paul is looking for the best way to do this, for example by use of planters or cycle parking. All ideas gratefully received.
The track will still open with a very adequate 3m width and will move to its full 4m when bedded in.
It was also interesting to learn that traffic counts had shown a significant overall decline in motor traffic (evaporation) since the works had started and a significant reduction in speeds – to nearer the 20mph limit. Also, further major development on Stratford High Street between Bridge Street and the Magistrates Court could present another opportunity for improvements for cycling and walking in the area.