Lambeth council is going ahead with minor changes to to junctions on the Wandsworth Road. These are at Cedars Road/ Queenstown Road, Silverthorne Road/ North Street and Stewart’s Road/ Union Road.
We are pleased to see the plans have improved as a result of arguments we made about safety at junctions on Wandsworth Road, especially around lane width.
The changes overall are minor, and do not even meet Lambeth’s own ambitions for reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI). The plans are
forecasting a 40% reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured at these junctions
The council’s own Local Implementation Plan (LIP) sets the following targets for reducing the number of KSIs on roads in Lambeth:
By 2022 – reduce the number of people who are killed or seriously injured by 50% against 2005-09 levels
By 2030 – reduce the number of people who are killed or seriously injured by 55% against 2010-14 levels
You can find full details on the council’s website.
There’s nothing actually dangerous about this scheme but the improvements don’ t go far enough. If a scheme that won’t be built until 2020 isn’t even achieving the KSI targets for 2022 then surely further improvements need to be planned immediately.
What do the targets in the Transport Strategy mean if the borough isn’t ensuring that projects are only approved if they deliver against them?