Transport for London has sent us another consultation, to re-re-re-do a portion of the A316.
To cut a long story short, they re-did a while back a cycle lane on the Lower Richmond Road. They got several things wrong, and fixed some a few month later -for instance they moved the bus shelters where the cycle path was between a shelter and the road (duh) or sign posts right on the middle of the path. Or the turning space discussed below which meant cars had to do a 2 or 3 point turn in lieu of a U-turn (re-duh).
In the process of that shoddy workmanship, what they did not fix were manholes in the middle of the cycle path (which utilities love leaving open), continuous yield at intersections (read here) or the infamous "dismount" signs at junctions where cyclists precisely need a little help (Manor circus for instance) -making this cycle lane in practice a bumpy, discontinuous path. It feels the TfL Hansel and Gretels have dropped some cyle lane breadcrumbs along a dual carriageway.
Anyway, they decided to soldier along and for no apparent reason (no data is supporting the change request) launched a consultation to make more space for a U turn by Big Yellow Self Storage near Elsinore Way, still on the aforementioned A316. This would have meant cutting into the cycle lane, which was opposed by local residents and the Richmond Cycling Campaign.
TfL has now revised their plans and submitted their application -link here.
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