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The London Assembly Transport Committee report, Hostile Streets, in December 2017, recommended that Transport for London (TfL) should be identifying outer London junctions that cause problems of community severance. What progress is TfL making in measuring and recognising severance and how is it being tackled, especially in outer London?
Transport for London’s (TfL) investment priorities recognise that community severance leads to safety risks and drives people away from sustainable modes of transport. To deliver my Transport Strategy, we need to address these barriers to active and sustainable travel.
To measure severance, TfL is developing a ‘pedestrian severance’ dataset, which uses a range of factors including traffic speed, vehicle flow and road width to provide a score to illustrate barriers to pedestrian movement. TfL intends to make more use of this once development work is complete, to assist in the consideration of new projects and potentially for assessing benefits.
TfL uses this type of data to aid decision-making and scheme development. It has recently delivered a number of schemes which will help to address severance issues in outer London, and more are under development. For example, TfL recently introduced signalised crossings on all five arms of Charlie Brown’s roundabout in the London Borough of Redbridge, and is working in partnership with the London Borough of Havering as part of my Liveable Neighbourhoods programme to make it easier to access the town centre on foot and bicycle over the intimidating Romford ring road. In the last two years, TfL has completed works at 14 sites with 25 new crossing points, and expect to start work onsite at another 12 sites with 27 new crossing points before March 2020.
Other schemes in development include improving Lombard Roundabout in Croydon for vulnerable road users, and a new walking and cycling crossing over the A1 at Stirling Corner. Last year, with TfL funding, London’s boroughs provided 210 new pedestrian crossing facilities all over London.