Wednesday, February 24, 2016

New Holding Areas to Ease Road Freight Traffic Woes Around the Shard

Iconic London Building Development Was Proving a Problem for Vehicles
Shipping News Feature
UK – Transport for London (TfL) has introduced long-term, congestion easing measures to relieve traffic obstructions and illegal stopping around The Shard development. In collaboration with the London Bridge Working Group, new vehicle holding areas have been created on Great Dover Street and St Thomas Street to allow freight and construction vehicles to park and wait until they have clear access to the buildings or sites they require access to.

Previously, vehicles servicing The Shard and other nearby developments had been illegally stopping and obstructing the roads while working in the area. This was exacerbated when a number of vehicles were trying to access sites at the same time.

The freight holding areas remove unnecessary congestion, improving safety for all road users. To ensure drivers are using the new facility, TfL's officers have been carrying out regular visits to the sites, engaging with companies receiving deliveries, and moving on illegally parked vehicles to prevent unnecessary congestion in the area. Garrett Emmerson, TfL's Chief Operating Officer of Surface Transport, said:

“We are committed to any initiative that helps to ease congestion and create a safer environment for all road users. London's boom in construction and population means we have to find new ways to accommodate the increasing numbers of freight and delivery vehicles. Areas such as around The Shard can become congested quite easily unless we do something straight away. The solution that was found, providing nearby space for vehicles to park up and wait, was fairly straight-forward and yet invaluably effective in addressing congestion and safety in the area.”

In addition to the new holding areas, further temporary improvements to address freight congestion and safety around The Shard area have included:

  • Relocation of the taxi rank at Fielden House to the opposite side of the road, which predominately serves as a feeder to the rank opposite The Shard on St Thomas Street;
  • Relocation of the pedestrian crossing to the east side of the site on St Thomas Street;
  • Additional red lines to prevent stopping in the street and suspension of the loading bay outside The Shard to discourage vehicles stopping.