We the undersigned residents of Tower Hamlets note that:

  1. The A12 is a dangerous road. Traffic regularly exceeds the current speed limit of 40mph. It is likely that there will be a serious accident on or near the A12 before too long – not least because there are a number of schools, homes and community facilities near the road.
  2. There are an ever increasing number of residential properties being built near to the A12, most notably between the Blackwall Tunnel and the Bow Roundabout. This area is changing significantly, with thousands more residents forecast to move into this part of the borough in the coming years.
  3. That crossing the A12 in this area is generally an unpleasant experience – involving either negotiating fast moving traffic at crossings or going through subways, which are poorly maintained and many feel unsafe using at night-time.
  4. Some of our schools are very close to the A12, a road that generates more than double the legal limit of harmful air pollution. Pollution levels along this stretch of the road are just too high for a built up residential area

For these reasons we would ask that Tower Hamlets Council contacts City Hall and Transport for London on our behalf requesting that:

  1. An air quality and traffic management study be carried out into the impacts of reducing the speed limit on the A12 between the Blackwall Tunnel and Bow Roundabout to 30mph. And that, pending the results of the study, the 30mph speed limit be implemented on at least this stretch of the A12 – including speed cameras to enforce this limit – as has proved successful in similar parts of London with ‘A’ roads in residential areas.
  2. A series of pedestrian crossings are installed over the A12, starting with the crossings that have already been consulted on for just north of Bromley-by-Bow station, and requesting that work for these crossings and road improvements is progressed as soon as possible.
  3. That the road is redesigned along its entirety in order to encourage safe – and slower – driving and to improve the lived environment. For example, the large gantry installed across the road near Bromley-by-Bow station is much more suited to a large motorway on which cars are travelling at 70mph than a road in a built-up residential area on which cars should be travelling much more slowly.


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