Bayswater traffic problems – the end is in sight
Our magazine SEBRA NEWS featured many articles about the serious affects on traffic in Bayswater of the closure of Eastbourne Terrace for two years from 12 February 2012, to enable the main excavations for the new Crossrail station below. We are delighted that the road reopened on time for buses only, on 14 February 2014. At a stroke this much reduced the serious effects on the traffic in many of the surrounding streets. Once all Crossrail works in our area are complete Eastbourne Terrace will reopen to all types of vehicle – we do not yet have a date for this, but it should be before the Crossrail scheme is finally completed in late 2018.
We remain very critical of the extraordinary failure of Crossrail and Transport for London—and some of those they work with—to have anticipated and prepared for the traffic problems which inevitably followed closure of Eastbourne Terrace in 2012, a major reduction in local highway capacity; their prior planning for the transition was woefully inadequate. They did eventually accept many of SEBRA’s problem-solving ideas. Some of the major changes for which SEBRA had to fight very hard were:
- Abandonment of the Council’s heavy-handed enforcement of an unnecessary banned left turn
- Removal of redundant bus stop and bus stand box markings
- Additional double yellow lines and controls in Westbourne Terrace to prevent loading and off-peak parking reducing traffic lanes from two to one during the period of congestion
- Easing of tight corners where kerbstones were being damaged by heavy vehicles on diversion
- Adjustment to traffic light phasing to deal with very different traffic flows.
One of the most significant changes—moving a traffic light back just a few yards at the Craven Road/Westbourne Terrace crossroads—was finally done in June 2013. It took us many months of argument and persuasion to get this simple task completed – it transformed the congestion problems at this junction.