Blackheath Hill - Proposed new pedestrian crossing at Blackheath Hill’s junction
These are the improvements we are proposing:
Installing a new staggered pedestrian crossing on Blackheath Hill, at its junction with Greenwich South Street, Lewisham Road and Blackheath Road. The crossing, which will feature a countdown timer and rotating cones (vibrating aids to assist visually impaired and blind people cross the road), will allow pedestrians to cross Blackheath Hill in two stages, linking the footway near the George & Dragon public house with the triangular traffic island leading to Greenwich South Street, as shown in the drawing below. The crossing will include upgraded paving to help visually impaired and blind people, improving conditions for vulnerable users. People will have between 6 to 23 seconds to cross the road (depending on which half of the staggered crossing they are using), followed by an additional eight seconds from when the green man disappears until the traffic is given a green light. There will also be Pedestrian Countdown to tell people how long they have to start to cross.
Raising the carriageway floor to slow turning motor traffic on the left turn slip from Greenwich Street to Blackheath Hill, making crossing easier for pedestrians. As currently, there would be an informal crossing between this traffic island and the footway outside Geepharm Chemists.
Making the loading bays in the area representative of their actual usage which has been carefully monitored by us, by:
Extending the loading bay on Blackheath Road towards Deptford, in front of Wickes, from 15m to 28 meters. This loading bay will be all inset, taking no road space and therefore, not impacting traffic.
Removing three loading bays from Blackheath Road, in front of Wickes, towards Greenwich, to improve traffic capacity on the stretch between Egerton Drive and the junction. The change will free up both lanes for traffic at all times, including during the waiting time for the lights ahead. This will improve the traffic flow and bus journey time reliability as well reducing the conflict between two wheeled vehicles and parked vehicles. The new extended bay bears the same current enforcement controls: loading for twenty minutes or 3 hours for disabled parking.
Relocating bus stop N, Egerton Drive, to prior to the pedestrian crossing on Blackheath Road towards Deptford, around 150m away from the junction - near Wickes - to improve traffic flow towards Deptford. This bus stop will be partially inset, improving traffic flow towards Deptford as buses will not use the road when picking up passengers.