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Acton Town Centre Road Safety Scheme Noel Rutherford, Director, Built Environment Paolo Paternostro Transport and Planning Policy E-mail: Environment and Transport Acton Area Committee 06th June 2007 21st June 2007 Acton Central, East Acton, Southfield, South Acton Acton Traffic management, road safety

Purpose of Report: This report gives information about the Acton Town Centre road safety scheme and seeks approval to finalise the preliminary design in consultation with the Chair and ward councillors and undertake public consultation on the proposals.

1. Recommendations It is recommended that the Committee: i) ii) Note the contents of this report; Authorise the Director of Built Environment to complete the preliminary design following consultation with the Chair and ward councillors and other key stakeholders; Authorise the Director of Built Environment to undertake public consultation on the proposals; Agree that the results of the consultation be reported to the next Area Committee meeting;



2. Reason for Decision and Options Considered To improve road safety and reduce the risk of accidents in Acton High Street. 3. Key Implications Securing the Area Committee’s approval of this report will facilitate the programming and delivery of this project. 4. Financial Transport for London (TfL) allocated in 2007/08 £350,000 for the Acton Town Centre Road Safety Scheme and £60,000 for the safety improvement of the junction The Vale (Acton)/Eastman Road, which falls in the section of the road addressed by the Acton Town Centre scheme. Therefore the total fund available for The Acton Town Centre Scheme is £410,000. TfL will reimburse for the costs of the scheme for 2007/08 up to the available allocation. The total cost of the scheme is now estimated around £2,000,000 (this is subject to revision as the proposals are not finalised yet), which exceeds the current TfL allocation. Therefore it is intended to progress the scheme in phases. Phase 1 of the scheme to be implemented this current financial year (2007/08). The cost of phase 1 will not exceed the available funding. All works of phase 1 must be complete by March 2008. A further bid will be submitted for 2008/09 to meet the full cost of the scheme. The following phases of the scheme will be progressed if/when funding becomes available. 5. Legal All proposals resulting from the scheme can be implemented using the Council’s statutory powers as a highway authority. 6. Value For Money The Council’s term consultants, who have won a contract on the basis of competitive tendering, carry out all consultations and implementation works at agreed rates to ensure that a good value for money service is delivered. There have been 1 fatal, 9 serious and 76 slight reported personal injury accidents in the section of the road addressed by this scheme in the last three years. The proposed measures should help to reduce potential future accidents. 7. Risk Management The main risks to the scheme arise from delays to securing committee approval preventing implementation during the timeframe of available funding and unforeseen problems on site, for example unidentified statutory undertakers plant. Processes in place to minimise these risks are:

1) Consultations are carried out to establish local support for the scheme before a report is presented to the Area Committee; 2) Site investigations are carried out at the preliminary design stage to reduce the risk of unforeseen problems during implementation. 8. Community Safety The aim of this study is to improve the road safety in Acton High Street and therefore contribute to overall community safety. 9. Links to Strategic Objectives The proposals of this scheme would address safety problems in Acton High Street, which would contribute to the following council objectives:  Making Ealing the safest place in London;  Making Ealing a better place to live. 10. Equalities and Community Cohesion An EQIA was approved for the Local Implementation Plan for Transport (July 2006) that covers all of the Council's transport policies, programmes and proposals to 2011. Reference: Chapter 15 Local Implementation Plan, July 2006. This proposal is considered within the approved LIP and therefore assessed under its EQIA. 11. Staffing/Workforce and Accommodation implications: None 12. Property and Assets None 13. Any other implications: None 14. Consultation There are generally three stages of consultation for schemes resulting from this study. These are: (i) Consultation with ward councillors regarding initial scheme proposals; (ii) Consultation of residents and businesses in the scheme area by way of posted consultation document, letter drop and/or public exhibition; (iii) Statutory advertising of the necessary Traffic Management Orders– on street-side notice boards and in the local newspaper- prior to implementing a scheme. A scheme is progressed to the next stage only when the results of each level of consultation are favourable and/or the Committee has authorised officers to proceed.

In addition, ward councillors, local residents groups, the emergency services and bus operators have been or would be consulted as part of the study. If approval is granted by this Committee public consultation on the scheme proposals would be undertaken by sending to residents and businesses in the scheme area a leaflet showing the proposals and a questionnaire. Three weeks would be given to residents and businesses to respond. 15. Detail Section 15.1. Background The section of Acton Town Centre addressed by the scheme lies along Uxbridge Road (one of the heaviest traffic corridors in west London) between Gunnersbury Lane and The Vale for a length of 1,240 metres. The area is characterized by high volume of through traffic flow, high bus patronage (route 207, 266, 440, 70, 607, E3, 427), and high number of pedestrians who access the local services, which include local shops, malls, banks, churches, civic buildings, offices, etc. The combination of high volume of traffic, high volume of pedestrians movements and excess vehicle speeding, especially during off peak hours, has generated a high number of accidents of which a relevant number involved pedestrians. The accident record for the last three years within this area is as follows: 1 Fatal, 9 serious, 76 slight equal to 86 total accidents. As a result of these accidents 35 pedestrians and 16 cyclists have been injured. Also within this area there are hot spot locations for accidents involving children, cycles and motorcycles respectively at the following junctions: High Street/Gunnersbury Lane, Birbeck Road/High Street, High Street/Steyne Road/Woodsland Avenue. Due to the high number of accidents occurring in this stretch of the road, as part of the local safety schemes programme, the Council submitted a bid to Transport for London to implement a whole package of measures to create along the addressed area an urban safety zone in order to improve the road safety and liveability of the area. The bid was successful and now the scheme is being designed. 15.2. Accidents Analysis An accidents analysis has been carried out along the route addressed by the scheme. The accident data were supplied by the London Road Safety Unit. In order to find accident trends, the accident data has been analysed in two ways. Firstly a general overview has been carried out to assess accidents along the whole route. Secondly an individual assessment has been carried out at key junctions and road sections to identify the accidents patterns and possible remedial measures.

Overview – Whole Study Site All Modes Table 2.1 gives a summary of the three years collision data up to 31st October 2006 for Acton town centre between Gunnersbury Lane/High Street and The Vale/Warple Way. In this section of Acton Town centre were recorded 86 personal injury collisions (1 fatal, 9 serious and 76 slight) resulting in 110 casualties.
Severity/months to Fatal Serious Slight Total Oct 04 0 0% 4 4.6% 19 22.1% 23 26.7% Oct 05 0 0% 3 3.5% 36 41.8% 39 45.3% Oct 06 1 1.2% 2 2.32% 21 24.4% 24 28% Total 1 1.2% 9 10.4% 76 88.4% 86 100%

Table 2.1 – Accidents by severity, 36 months to end October 2006

The annual collision rate is 19.77 collisions/km and the annual casualty rate is 25.28 casualties/km. These figures are nearly double than the average for ‘A’ roads in the London Borough of Ealing – 11.97 collisions/km - 11.35 casualties/km. Pedestrians The three year study period reveals 35 pedestrian related collisions (8.1/km/yr) resulting in 5 serious and 30 slight injury accidents. The pedestrian accident figure is over fours times higher than the expected value for ‘A’ roads in the London Borough of Ealing – 2.0 pedestrian collisions/km. A predominant collision problem was observed along Uxbridge Road between Winchester Street and Warple Way. Cyclists The three year study period reveals 16 cycle related accidents (3.9/km/yr) resulting in 1 fatal, 2 serious and 14 slight injury collisions. The pedal cycle accident rate is considerably higher than average trend of borough roads in Greater London of 0.15 pedal cycle accidents/km. Powered Two Wheelers The three year study period reveals 12 powered two wheeler accidents (2.76 collision/km/year) (1 serious and 11 slight). The powered two wheeler accident rates is considerably higher than the average in the borough roads in Greater London which is 0.26 collisions/km/year.

Buses The three year study period reveals 10 bus (or coach) injury collisions (2.3/km/yr) (1 serious and 9 slight). The bus (or coach) average accident rate on borough roads in Greater London is 0.14 bus (or coach) collisions /km. 15.3. Traffic surveys Traffic surveys were undertaken at two locations along the Acton High Street to measure volume, class and speed of vehicles over a period of one week (28 April – 3 May 2007). The two locations that were selected were outside 186 Acton High Street (Site 1) and just east of the railway bridge (Site 2). The data indicates that speeding at site 1 isn’t a large problem. However, speeding is evident at site 2 particularly for eastbound traffic, which could be attributed to the carriageway increasing in width and the apparent exit of the town centre. The following tables summarise the max 85th percentile speed recorded in the 12 hour period (7am- 7pm) during the survey week and results of traffic counts carried out in the road. Table 1: 85th Percentile Speed 7AM-7PM (MPH) Location 85th Percentile Speed (MPH) Site 1 (am peak) Site 1 (pm peak) Site 2 (am peak) Site 2 (pm peak) Eastbound 35.1 29.3 40.2 44.0 Westbound 34.8 29.4 35.5 35.9

(The 85%ile speed indicates that 15 out of 100 vehicles sampled travelled at this speed or above) Table 2: Result of Traffic Counts Location Traffic Flow (vehicles)
Average Peak Hourly Flow over 7 days period (am) Average Peak Hourly Flow over 7 days period (pm) Average Daily Flow

Site 1 Eastbound Site 1 Westbound Site 2 Eastbound Site 2 Westbound













Pedestrian counts were also carried out on Friday 27 April from 07.00 till 19.00 at three locations. The first location for the pedestrian survey was between Market Place and Oldham Terrace, where on average a total of 247 pedestrians were observed crossing the road per hour. Of the 247 pedestrians 36 ignored the controlled pedestrian crossing, crossing at their will. This highlights the high pedestrian activity occurring at this location. The second location was outside the Town Hall where an average of 95 pedestrians was seen crossing the High Street per hour. The final location observed was just east of Birkbeck Grove, where the hourly average was 23 pedestrians. However, at 08.00 a total of 97 pedestrians were observed crossing without any assistance, demonstrating the need to provide some sort of infrastructure to improve the safety for pedestrians desiring to cross. Queue lengths and junction volumes have also been collected for three junctions in order to model the proposed layout changes to Steyne Road and the banning of the right turn into Market Place. The junctions included Crown Street, Mill Hill Grove and Market Place. Of the data collected the volumes turning right into Market Place were of interest, due to the proposed banning. On average there were 52 vehicles using the turning movement with a peak of 73 between 10.00 and 11.00 15.4. Scheme proposals The Council’s consultants have produced draft proposals of the scheme. Further consultations with Council’s officers, ward councilors and main stakeholders will be carried out before the proposals are finalised. The aim of the scheme is to reduce the risk of accidents and also to improve the streetscape and liveability of the area. The scheme proposals have been developed as a comprehensive three stages (short (phase 1), medium and long term) phasing strategy to allow each to be developed as funding becomes available. In summary the short term proposals are as follows:       Removal of street furniture clutter; Improved footways; Initiate framework of coherent shop front and signage strategy to allow more sympathetic integration with upper facades; Maintain existing and encourage use of rear loading; Reconfigure the junction to add a pedestrian phase at Gunnersbury Lane to be linked with current scheme; Dedicated straight and left lanes with increased area of pedestrian islands (subject to traffic modelling) at Steyne Road / High Street junction;

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Realign kerb to widen footway and allow for new extended right turn lane from High Street onto Steyne Road; 20 mph zone on Acton High Street between 25m west of Crown Street until 50m west of Winchester Street defined by raised pedestrian table. The designation of a 20 mph allows pedestrian and cycle benefits; Remove right turn lane and ban right turn at Market Place from High Street, subject to traffic modelling; Widening footway in front of library, The Mount, Market Place / High Street junction west; Loading bays shared on footway at specific location on High Street eastbound between Church Road and Melville Villas; Reconfigured bus stop in half lay by in front of Town Hall; Raised pedestrian tables Winchester Street junction, Church Road to Berrymead Gardens and Crown Street junction 20 mph zone; Tree Planting at Steyne Road / High Street junction and from Market Place to Acton Lane; Feature lighting and public art strategy at rail bridge at Acton Park; Public art strategy at rail bridge at Acton Park; Relocate Steyne Road / High Street junction drop off point to Morrison;

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In summary the medium term proposals are as follows:     Pedestrian signage strategy; Provision of pedestrian lighting through augmentation of existing street lighting; High quality footway paving at raised tables; Improve public realm in front on Town Hall, library, Bingo and Acton Park to promote activity through provision of street furniture, planting, feature lighting and public art; Cycle Lane surface improvements and new lanes at Winchester Street to Acton Park; Relocate Bus Gate to east at Acton Park at Vale Grove; Textured carriageway / raised table at Acton Park junction;

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Tree Planting from Acton Lane to Acton Park; Widening footway between Grove Road and Vale Grove; Remove bus lane and widen footway between Melville Villas and rail bridge

In summary the long term proposals include all the above and the following:      Coherent shop front and signage strategy to allow more sympathetic integration with upper facades; Narrowing of footways at Gunnersbury Lane / High Street footway narrowing to provide two full lanes (left turn and straight on eastbound); Entry treatment and raised carriageway for enhanced access to Woodland Park wit new development overlooking the park; Bespoke multifunctional bus shelter in The Mount; Shared space at Market Place allowing pedestrian priority from High Street to Churchfield Road accessible to bus, cyclist and for loading left turning from High Street ; Encourage new development with active frontages at street edge of Morrison car park, and where appropriate


The scheme draft proposals are further illustrated in the attached plan at Appendix 1. 16. Conclusion and recommendations In order to enable the scheme to be progressed it is recommended that the Committee authorise the Director of Built Environment to complete the preliminary design in consultation with the Chair of the Committee and ward councillors and other key stakeholders; and to proceed with public consultation on the scheme. 17. Timetable for Implementation If Committee approval is granted at this meeting and the scheme is progressed, the phase 1 of the scheme should be implemented by the end of this financial year (2007/08) subject to a favourable outcome of the public consultation and further Area Committee approval. 18. Appendices Appendix 1: Plans of the scheme. 19. Background Information Preliminary design report.


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Internal Director Lawyer Finance Officer Councillor External Executive Director Director of Legal Services Director of Finance Cabinet Member for 23/05/2007 22/05/2007 22/05/2007 N/a 23/05/2007 23/05/2007 23/05/2007 None None None

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Date report drafted: 22/05/2007

Report deadline: 24/05/2007

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Report author and contact for queries: Paolo Paternostro, Transport Planner, ext. 7531


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