Why are we proposing this?
The A12 Eastern Avenue is a major strategic road on the Transport for London Road Network linking the A406 North Circular Road to the M25 and the east coast via Essex.
Barley Lane is a large junction on the A12 in the local area of Little Heath, close to Redbridge College and King George Hospital in the London Borough of Redbridge.
Currently, the only formal pedestrian crossing point at the junction is a footbridge over the A12 Eastern Avenue, to the west. This crossing is not step-free.
There is a long-standing issue with traffic congestion at the junction, frequently highlighted by local residents and also staff and visitors to the nearby King George Hospital.
We are proposing new signalised pedestrian and cyclist crossing facilities and road layout improvements at the A12 Eastern Avenue junction with B177 Barley Lane and Hainault Road.
Our proposals intend to help traffic flow more smoothly, reduce delays experienced by right turning traffic at the junction, and make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the road.
What we are proposing?
Improved traffic flow
We want to reduce congestion and delays to traffic using the junction, in particular on the A12 Eastern Avenue eastbound and B177 Barley Lane northbound. We propose:
- Changes to the road layout to lengthen the right-turn lane on the A12 eastbound approach. This would improve traffic flow, offering additional road space and increased capacity for vehicles. We would create space by cutting into the central reservation. This would require the removal of one tree, which would also improve the line of sight for traffic as it approaches the junction
- New traffic signals (see pedestrian crossing improvements below) with optimised signal timings so that the whole junction can operate more efficiently
- An additional green light stage in the traffic light sequence for vehicles turning right from Barley Lane, heading northbound
- New white line-markings to provide clearer direction to vehicles.
Pedestrian crossing improvements
We want to make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the road at the junction in a safer and more direct way. We propose:
- New signalised pedestrian crossings on each section of the junction, replacing all existing unsignalised crossing points. This would require the removal of pedestrian guardrail on the north western arm of the junction
- The introduction of new shared pedestrian/cycle ‘Toucan’ crossings on the southern arm of the junction. The new crossings would link with the existing shared-use path
- More pavement space on pedestrian islands
- Footway resurfacing to improve the current poor pavement. Tactile paving would be installed at all crossing points
If this proposal goes ahead we would reduce the speed limit on the A12 Eastern Avenue through the junction from 50mph to 40mph for safety reasons. The reduced 40mph speed limit would span approximately 200 metres east and west of the centre of the junction, creating a safer environment for pedestrians and traffic.
We also plan to have a general tidy up at the junction. This could include the replacement of some vehicle barriers and pedestrian guard-railing, relocation of street lighting and signage, and new planting on the central reserve.
The existing pedestrian footbridge to the west of the junction would remain unchanged under this proposal.
These proposals are part of our Road Modernisation Plan, which consists of hundreds of projects to make London's road network safer and more reliable.
Subject to the outcome of this consultation, we hope to start works during summer 2017.