Liberal Democrat Councillors have judged the latest City Deal’s Milton Road proposals as “Close, but oh so far”.
“It’s right we recognise the huge strides forward the project has taken under the project manager appointed last year” said Cllr Ian Manning “but there are still fundamental flaws in the proposals that must be fixed before the project can progress.”.
The Lib Dems have identified the following headline issues:
- Junction design that favours road widths over safety and convenience of pedestrians and cyclists.
- Confusing forward stop lines that will stop the Copenhagen style crossings working properly.
- Imaginative design concepts around the library area, which came out of resident workshops, seem to have been totally forgotten.
- There’s still no guarantee the beautiful tree line will be replaced with the same quality as is there now.
- With the aim of getting buses to Mitcham’s Corner more quickly, we still don’t have a convincing explanation for how this will integrate with potential changes to the gyratory system
Newly elected Cllr Jamie Dalzell said: “I’m worried that, with Mayor Palmer’s pressure for delivery over quality, we’re getting less than the full picture here. There are many unanswered questions, and a disappointingly large amount of shared use pedestrian/cycle path, which are dangerous for both groups.”
Read on for more detailed comments from the team:
- The bus stop on Milton Road near the Arbury Road junction will still result in blocking of the road, rather than moving it to a position where it won’t restrict traffic flow, or will restrict it less.
- Highworth roundabout: shared surface on bottom unacceptable especially with the mix from shared to segregated and back again. Width should be taken from the road openings/divider to give enough with to pedestrians/cyclists
- Area near the library: where has the landscaping suggestions from the worksop gone for imaginative design around books? In the same area, there is no detail on Chesterton Hall crescent entrance - much scope for making pedestrian / cyclist interaction here less conflicting,
- Gilbert Road junction: they appear to have removed the traffic islands on Milton Road still without leaving space for a right turn lane just before the lights (which unhelpfully are not shown on the diagram). This retains one of the worst features of that junction. If the centre line followed the contour of the road instead of veering off to the left, a second lane could easily be accommodated.
- The right turn lane in the middle of the junction will only be useful if traffic stopped in it knows when it is safe to turn right (i.e. there needs to be a traffic light in front of them with a right filter indicator - the lack of which is another flaw in the existing scheme).
- All the lanes into advanced stop boxes are segregated, as well around all left bend partially - to protect cyclists against cars turning left. This needs to be partial, as some cyclists will want to go straight on
- On first review, Copenhagen crossing designs look initially good but the details are disappointing. For example on woodhead drive, we cannot see how the two stop lanes for motor traffic will work in practise. The smaller roads look ok in that the cycle lane is straight, but there are then no car markings, so it's confusing.
- It is essential that accessible crossings are available at junctions into residential side roads. Within the consultation document these are referred to as options 4a, 19a and 19b; all should be requirements to provide safe access to communities on these side roads.
The consultation now closes on 5th November. Please respond so that we can help secure a project that works for our entire community.