One of south east London’s ugliest and most off-putting junctions has somehow became even worse in recent weeks as numerous cars are seen driving the wrong way down Woolwich road.
Not only that, but the new cycle lane recently installed is now all but completely blocked for much of the day.
A TfL camera focused at the junctions takes video every 5-10 minutes all day, every day. You can see still images here which this afternoon show large numbers of vehicles heading the wrong way down Woolwich Road.
At first I thought maybe a vehicle had broken down, but the camera shows hours of vehicles on the wrong side of the road.
In recent weeks cars have been speeding the wrong way down the street putting pedestrians at risk on one approach to this junction at Vanbrugh Hill – and now it appears to be extending to other approaches.
Pedestrian green light phases are also extremely quick, and with vehicles blocking them at time pedestrians cannot safely cross.
Work on the cycle lane has apparently completed – though it doesn’t look like it. Why temporary barriers remain in place long after the cycle lane opened is a mystery. It all looks shoddy and incomplete. Perhaps keeping the tradition going of the junction being an eyesore.
Better road markings are a must as some drivers still attempt to drive down the cycle lane. In addition, signage on the actual road lanes could be improved.
Finally, the yellow box needs expanding as it’s chaotic right now.
I’ve no doubt some will blame the cycle lane alone but it goes far beyond that. That doesn’t excuse people driving the wrong way down the road on a number of approaches putting people crossing at risk and blocking oncoming traffic.
Nor does it address that there seems no holistic strategy with vehicle use above pre-pandemic levels despite 500,000 people in London still on furlough.
At the moment the junction is a complete failure for all users; drivers, bus passengers, cyclists and pedestrians.