TfL’s rubbish Edgware Road scheme is dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians

TfL are consulting on improvements at five dangerous junctions along Edgware Road. Some of the proposals, such as a 20 mph speed limit and new pedestrian crossings, are good. But the plan doesn’t go nearly far enough to improve safety for pedestrians and it’s beyond dreadful for cyclists. 

Over 1,600 cycle journeys are already made along this stretch of Edgware Road every day, with the potential for many more, but safety improvements are urgently needed. 

For example, the junction with George Street is identified in TfL’s Safer Junctions programme as having one of the worst safety records in London. Yet the only improvements in this proposal are a new advanced cycle box. This is nowhere near good enough, especially after nearly 3,000 Londoners signed LCC’s petition calling on Mayor Sadiq Khan to fix London’s most dangerous junctions faster. 

This scheme also fails on the Mayor’s “Vision Zero” approach, fails to remove clear hook risks and other dangers for those cycling (including at their “Safer Junction” at George Street) and won’t enable more people to cycle here, let alone the current people to do so safely.

The consultation closes on December 23. Please take a minute to tell TfL that they must do more to improve cycle and pedestrian safety on Edgware Road’s junctions.

If you want some help responding, we suggest that: 

You click oppose on questions 1-5 and 8

You click support on question 6 (20mph) and question 7 (raised road junctions).

In the comments box, and using your own words, tell TfL:

  • This scheme fails on the Mayor’s “Vision Zero” approach, fails to remove clear hook risks and other dangers for those cycling (including at their “Safer Junction” at George Street) and won’t enable more people to cycle here, let alone the current people to do so safely.
  • Westminster council should close roads in the residential areas around Edgware Road to stop ratrunning – and that would make these junctions far safer for people cycling and walking.
  • Really, there are far too many issues with this scheme, and it should be sent back to the drawing board so that more ambitious plans, in line with the Mayors targets and goals for walking and cycling, can be create.