diamond geezer

 Thursday, January 14, 2016

Bow Roundabout/Bow Road update

They're building a pedestrian crossing at the Bow Roundabout. THEY'RE ACTUALLY BUILDING A PEDESTRIAN CROSSING AT THE BOW ROUNDABOUT! Some of us thought this day would never come. TfL are rightly proud, and went to the effort of firing out a press release yesterday. Nobody in the mainstream media seems to have picked up on it - a pedestrian crossing in Bow doesn't have the media-friendly jangle of, say, a new Crossrail station or extended Overground trains. But diggers have appeared under the flyover, pavements and superhighways are being dug up, and the business of adding six sets of pedestrian-controlled lights to a major road junction is underway. Wahey. Expect six months of disruption to traffic, some of it quite serious.

And that's on top of serious disruption to traffic along the upgrade to Cycle Superhighway 2. We're now eleven months into the project, and the disruption around Bow is as bad as it's ever been. Now we're being promised ten days of overnight closures for resurfacing, starting next week, according to an electronic sign near Bow Church. The sign says 'A11 closed', which could mean all three miles to Aldgate or could just mean this stretch, there seems to be no way to tell. TfL's traffic disruption website is very good on details of disruption relating to Bow Roundabout works, but uselessly unspecific when it comes to CS2.

A particular focus of construction work at present is the junction at the foot of Fairfield Road. Cones and barriers first appeared when digging began six months ago, and have only increased, now with one lane of Bow Road closed in each direction, chunks of pavement narrowed, a more dangerous left turn into Fairfield Road and a pedestrian crossing completely sealed off.

As you can see, the advice to pedestrians isn't especially helpful. No attempt has been made to indicate in which direction the nearest crossing is, nor how far away, the contractors have simply dumped the sign on the pavement and hoped for the best. And this is clearly policy, because they've done exactly the same up the road outside the Magistrates Court where the crossing is also closed. The underlying planning is better than that - only alternate crossings have been closed, the others remain in operation. But it's easy to understand why on one such sign, in the gap above SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE, someone's scrawled NO YOUR NOT.

This is going to be an unexpectedly complicated road junction when it's finished, with a new filter lane for left-turning traffic and various fresh paths for cyclists passing through. To achieve this a pull-in layby outside the old Town Hall has been eradicated and the pavement drastically shrunk back - that lone wonky lamppost in my photo shows where the edge of the kerb used to be. I'll tell you all about the new Fairfield Road junction, and whether the set-up actually works, once it's finally operational. It's either wasteful over-engineering, a sledgehammer to crack a nut, or an inspired experimental design that finally prioritises the cyclist.

Just up the road, opposite Bow Church DLR, work has finally begun on adding a bus stop bypass behind Bus Stop A. Alas the closure of this stop has been handled with the usual cackhanded disregard we've come to expect in these parts. The 'Bus Stop not in use' cover was added last week, and the timetables below replaced by bright yellow panels reading 'Bus Stop closed'. But only one panel included information on where buses stop instead, and that was a side panel not facing the pavement, nigh impossible to read now the bus stop had been barriered off. And even if you did catch sight, all it said is that you should use the bus stops before or after this one, not where those bus stops are, nor that buses on certain routes stop in completely different locations. Meh.

Here's an example of the inconvenience this shoddy approach to bus stop closures can cause. That white coach is the A8 Stansted Express speeding by the stop, and to the left are two travellers with suitcases wandering forlornly away. Ten seconds earlier they'd attempted to flag the coach down - it's timetabled to stop here - only for the driver to gesture through the window at the 'obviously' closed bus stop, and drive on. These poor airport-goers had no idea what to do, nor where the next stop might be, and could easily have missed their flight as a result. To add to the confusion, this week the pole for Bus Stop A has been completely removed as construction work begins, and there is now NO INFORMATION AT ALL where ten days ago a key bus stop once stood.

And speaking of incompetently managed bus stops, what of Bus Stop M? In good news, they've finally updated the timetables. Just after Christmas a fresh set of seven timetables was posted up, dated 19.12.15, in recognition of the fact that Bus Stop M is no longer located down by the flyover. Except they haven't quite got even this right. The timetables for the 25, 425 and N205 now show the location as Bow Church DLR, which is the previous stop, while the D8 timetable shows the correct location but also a non-existent stop called 'Bow Flyover', which is the stop they extinguished back in October. Still, a good try.

The bus stop bypass still isn't open yet, nor has the lamppost behind the stop been switched on, but I had at least thought that reconstruction work at Bus Stop M was complete. Not so. Workmen returned on Tuesday and started digging up the centre of the bypass island, destroying two sizeable sections of recently-installed kerbline in order to add step-free access. It's a much-needed improvement, but begs the question why did nobody think to add ramps first time round, rather than throwing away money building this part of the bus stop twice. The woes of Bus Stop M are not yet complete, as construction work on Bow Road drags on, and on, and on.

<< click for Newer posts

click for Older Posts >>

click to return to the main page

...or read more in my monthly archives
Jan16  Feb16  Mar16  Apr16  May16  Jun16  Jul16  Aug16  Sep16  Oct16
Jan15  Feb15  Mar15  Apr15  May15  Jun15  Jul15  Aug15  Sep15  Oct15  Nov15  Dec15
Jan14  Feb14  Mar14  Apr14  May14  Jun14  Jul14  Aug14  Sep14  Oct14  Nov14  Dec14
Jan13  Feb13  Mar13  Apr13  May13  Jun13  Jul13  Aug13  Sep13  Oct13  Nov13  Dec13
Jan12  Feb12  Mar12  Apr12  May12  Jun12  Jul12  Aug12  Sep12  Oct12  Nov12  Dec12
Jan11  Feb11  Mar11  Apr11  May11  Jun11  Jul11  Aug11  Sep11  Oct11  Nov11  Dec11
Jan10  Feb10  Mar10  Apr10  May10  Jun10  Jul10  Aug10  Sep10  Oct10  Nov10  Dec10 
Jan09  Feb09  Mar09  Apr09  May09  Jun09  Jul09  Aug09  Sep09  Oct09  Nov09  Dec09
Jan08  Feb08  Mar08  Apr08  May08  Jun08  Jul08  Aug08  Sep08  Oct08  Nov08  Dec08
Jan07  Feb07  Mar07  Apr07  May07  Jun07  Jul07  Aug07  Sep07  Oct07  Nov07  Dec07
Jan06  Feb06  Mar06  Apr06  May06  Jun06  Jul06  Aug06  Sep06  Oct06  Nov06  Dec06
Jan05  Feb05  Mar05  Apr05  May05  Jun05  Jul05  Aug05  Sep05  Oct05  Nov05  Dec05
Jan04  Feb04  Mar04  Apr04  May04  Jun04  Jul04  Aug04  Sep04  Oct04  Nov04  Dec04
Jan03  Feb03  Mar03  Apr03  May03  Jun03  Jul03  Aug03  Sep03  Oct03  Nov03  Dec03
 Jan02  Feb02  Mar02  Apr02  May02  Jun02  Jul02 Aug02  Sep02  Oct02  Nov02  Dec02 

eXTReMe Tracker
jack of diamonds
life viewed from london e3

email    twitter    G+

my flickr photostream

What's on this weekend?
Wed 19th - Sun 23rd October
Bloomsbury Festival
It's free to visit the Foundling Museum this weekend.

twenty blogs
ian visits
blue witch
city metric
the great wen
edith's streets
spitalfields life
in the aquarium
round the island
wanstead meteo
london museums
christopher fowler
ruth's coastal walk
london reconnections
dirty modern scoundrel

quick reference features
Things to do in Outer London
The DG Tour of Britain
Comment Value Hierarchy

read the archive
Oct16  Sep16
Aug16  Jul16  Jun16  May16
Apr16  Mar16  Feb16  Jan16
Dec15  Nov15  Oct15  Sep15
Aug15  Jul15  Jun15  May15
Apr15  Mar15  Feb15  Jan15
Dec14  Nov14  Oct14  Sep14
Aug14  Jul14  Jun14  May14
Apr14  Mar14  Feb14  Jan14
Dec13  Nov13  Oct13  Sep13
Aug13  Jul13  Jun13  May13
Apr13  Mar13  Feb13  Jan13
Dec12  Nov12  Oct12  Sep12
Aug12  Jul12  Jun12  May12
Apr12  Mar12  Feb12  Jan12
Dec11  Nov11  Oct11  Sep11
Aug11  Jul11  Jun11  May11
Apr11  Mar11  Feb11  Jan11
Dec10  Nov10  Oct10  Sep10
Aug10  Jul10  Jun10  May10
Apr10  Mar10  Feb10  Jan10
Dec09  Nov09  Oct09  Sep09
Aug09  Jul09  Jun09  May09
Apr09  Mar09  Feb09  Jan09
Dec08  Nov08  Oct08  Sep08
Aug08  Jul08  Jun08  May08
Apr08  Mar08  Feb08  Jan08
Dec07  Nov07  Oct07  Sep07
Aug07  Jul07  Jun07  May07
Apr07  Mar07  Feb07  Jan07
Dec06  Nov06  Oct06  Sep06
Aug06  Jul06  Jun06  May06
Apr06  Mar06  Feb06  Jan06
Dec05  Nov05  Oct05  Sep05
Aug05  Jul05  Jun05  May05
Apr05  Mar05  Feb05  Jan05
Dec04  Nov04  Oct04  Sep04
Aug04  Jul04  Jun04  May04
Apr04  Mar04  Feb04  Jan04
Dec03  Nov03  Oct03  Sep03
Aug03  Jul03  Jun03  May03
Apr03  Mar03  Feb03  Jan03
Dec02  Nov02  Oct02  Sep02
back to main page

diamond geezer 2015 index
diamond geezer 2014 index
diamond geezer 2013 index
diamond geezer 2012 index
diamond geezer 2011 index
diamond geezer 2010 index
diamond geezer 2009 index
diamond geezer 2008 index
diamond geezer 2007 index
diamond geezer 2006 index
diamond geezer 2005 index
diamond geezer 2004 index
diamond geezer 2003 index
diamond geezer 2002 index

my special London features
a-z of london museums
E3 - local history month
greenwich meridian (N)
greenwich meridian (S)
the real eastenders
london's lost rivers
olympic park 2007
great british roads
oranges & lemons
random boroughs
bow road station
high street 2012
river westbourne
trafalgar square
capital numbers
east london line
lea valley walk
olympics 2005
regent's canal
square routes
silver jubilee
unlost rivers
cube routes
capital ring
river fleet

ten of my favourite posts
the seven ages of blog
my new Z470xi mobile
five equations of blog
the dome of doom
chemical attraction
quality & risk
london 2102
single life
april fool

ten sets of lovely photos
my "most interesting" photos
london 2012 olympic zone
harris and the hebrides
betjeman's metro-land
marking the meridian
tracing the river fleet
london's lost rivers
inside the gherkin
seven sisters

just surfed in?
here's where to find...
diamond geezers
flash mob #1  #2  #3  #4
ben schott's miscellany
london underground
watch with mother
cigarette warnings
digital time delay
wheelie suitcases
war of the worlds
transit of venus
top of the pops
old buckenham
ladybird books
acorn antiques
digital watches
outer hebrides
olympics 2012
school dinners
pet shop boys
west wycombe
bletchley park
george orwell
big breakfast
clapton pond
san francisco
children's tv
east enders
trunk roads
little britain
credit cards
jury service
big brother
jubilee line
number 1s
titan arum
doctor who
blue peter
peter pan
feng shui
leap year
bbc three
vision on
ID cards