The dangerous road junction at Bugsby’s Way in Greenwich will be brought before Mayor Boris Johnson’s attention next week when local London Assembly member Len Duvall demands “radical changes” at at a crossing which has seen now seen eight accidents in the past three years, one fatal. Two weeks ago, a 14-year-old boy was injured after being knocked down by a bus at the Millennium Retail Park junction.
In September, Greenwich Council decided to install a speed hump for buses leaving the retail park, resurface the bus lane red and improve road markings at the junction. But Duvall, Labour assembly member for Greenwich & Lewisham and former Greenwich Council leader, has asked the mayor:
There have been a number of pedestrian fatalities at the Bugsby Way junction in Greenwich as a result of bus collisions. Will the Mayor press TfL and the Royal Borough of Greenwich to make radical changes at this junction to prevent further and unnecessary threats to pedestrian safety?
A follow-up, as TfL runs traffic lights, asks:
Will the Mayor consider special measures such as phasing of the lights or speed tables at Bugsby Way to increase public safety at the junction?
The question’s been submitted for next Wednesday’s mayor’s question time, and it’ll almost certainly get a written response, probably a further week after that.
Aside from the obvious need to do something at a poorly-designed junction where buses belt across to avoid getting stuck at the lights, there’s a other curious aspect to this about Greenwich Council’s currently-fractious internal politics.
Why on earth is the former Labour leader of Greenwich Council asking a Tory mayor to put pressure on Labour-run Greenwich Council? You’d think they all hated each other and didn’t trust the council leadership. After cabinet member Maureen O’Mara’s attack on her own backbenchers a couple of weeks ago, something’s definitely up.
Hopefully, common sense will triumph over stubborness before anyone else is killed at Bugsby’s Way.
It’s an ugly junction on an ugly road, and it’s dangerous, too. Installed as part of the botched Greenwich peninsula road network, the point where Bugsbys Way meets the Millennium Retail Park and the peninsula busway is a dicey proposition, to say the least.
Buses race across it, presumably to make sure they don’t get stuck at a red light part of the way across, and other road users don’t expect to see them. There’s been seven accidents in the past three years, one fatal.
Greenwich Council wants to fix this, and has launched a consultation which ends in 10 days’ time. It’s not quite clear who’s being consulted, though – this week’s edition of propaganda rag Greenwich Time doesn’t mention it (and nor does it mention its transport survey, either). It’s probably being kept to those mysterious “key stakeholders” again. Must be nice to be one of those.
Why is there a scheme planned?
The scheme is proposed due to the number of personal injury accidents that have occurred at the junction of Bugsby’s Way/Commercial Way – 7 in the last 3 years. Out of these accidents 3 were classified as slight, 3 were classified as serious and the recent fatal accident.
Four of these accidents involved buses hitting pedestrians.
The Royal Borough of Greenwich has a duty to reduce road casualties in the borough and we receive funding each year to enable us to develop and install Local Safety Schemes at locations that are experiencing the highest number of casualties. The improvements outlined below are designed to reduce the specific types of accidents that have been occurring and to improve facilities for more vulnerable road users.
What are the planned improvements?
The planned improvements are to:
• Install a speed table on Commercial Way which will raise the crossing point to slow buses as they approach the junction and to assist pedestrians to cross the road
• Resurface the bus lane in Commercial Way in red to highlight the fact that it is a bus-only road
• Amend the existing islands to accommodate the speed table
• Provide a right turn bay for vehicles turning from Bugsby’s Way into Commercial Way
• Amend the road markings around the junction to highlight the presence of the bus-only road and to bring the markings up to current standards
Full details are in the documents – the council’s transport staff would like to hear from you by 14 September.