Stratford gyratory removal bus change consultation Sept 14, 2018 8:58:53 GMT sid likes this
Post by DT 11 on Sept 14, 2018 8:58:53 GMT
Aldwych...ok you’ve really triggered me by bringing that up!! Aldwych will be carnage once TfL make those changes. At present southbound traffic flows very nicely from Kingsway onto Aldwych. Not so once the gyratory inflicts a junction with two way traffic from Aldwych. The tailbacks on Kingsway will probably more than offset any advantages gained by the shorter distance to Waterloo Bridge and the Strand. Most northbound traffic into Kingsway from Waterloo can use the underpass and buses can turn right from the Strand onto Waterloo Bridge. Traffic flows well in Aldwych compared to other hubs in zone 1. You have to wonder what problem TfL are trying to solve with the proposed changes. Perhaps when travelling northbound from Arundel Street the removal of the gyratory will eliminate the need to merge with and cross southbound traffic on the Strand, but that’s a small gain for the pain it will cause. A complete waste of taxpayers money.
Gyratory systems are being removed all over the country and not just in London, they were generally introduced to speed up traffic flows in an era where the car was king and everybody else was treated like a second class citizen.
Woolwich......bus routings aren't ideal especially the change to the 161 but Powis Street is a far more pleasant environment for shoppers without the traffic. The decline in shoppers is really no different to other towns all over the country, largely due to the onset of online shopping.
Out of town shopping centres, where people can generally shop in a far more pleasant environment, is one of the main reasons for pedestrianising town centres. Who wants to shop in a traffic ridden fume filled environment?
Aldwych........I haven't looked at the proposal in great detail but it's not a particularly pleasant environment at the moment. Yes there will be more traffic congestion in the short term but the long term objective is to encourage more people to walk or cycle and I certainly don't see how this work is a waste of taxpayers money.
Routeing the 161 to Powis Street would take too long, Plus Hare Street & Powis Street are dead.
Overall Woolwich Town Centre isn't bad at all.