We want your views on our proposals to reduce collisions on Acre Lane A2217. The consultation runs from 7 February to 6 March 2020. Please share your views with us in writing or by email.
What are the proposals?
As part of our collision reduction programme, we're proposing to improve road safety on Acre Lane to reduce hazards for those classed as vulnerable road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and those on motorbikes or scooters who make up 64% of casualties.
Our proposals are specially designed to improve road safety for vulnerable road users and include:
- Side raised entry treatment at Acre Lane junction with Hetherington Road
- Side raised entry treatment at Acre Lane junction with Plato Road
- Side raised entry treatment at Acre Lane junction with Strathleven Road
- Side raised entry treatment at Acre Lane junction with Branksome Road
- Side raised entry treatment at Acre Lane junction with Concannon Road
- Side raised entry treatment at Acre Lane junction with Corrance Road
- Side raised entry treatment at Acre Lane junction with Ballater Road
- Raised junction table at Acre Lane junction with Baytree Road
View maps of the proposed interventions
- Acre Lane all junctions
- Hetherington Road junction
- Concannon and Baytree junctions
- Corrance and Ballater junctions
- Plato Strathleven and Branksome junctions
The Acre Lane collision reduction project has been split into two phases; the first using conventional lower-cost interventions to address specific hazards where the casualty rate is high. The more expensive and disruptive measures that would comprise the second phase will be subject to a separate scheme justification report once collision statistics for the period since June 2018 are available.
Why are we considering these proposals?
Every Highway Authority has a statutory duty to deliver a programme of measures designed to promote road safety. It must carry out studies into road traffic collision incidents and take measures that aim to reduce them recurring. In Lambeth, the principal policy that meets this obligation is the borough’s Transport Strategy. This commits to reducing road danger and the number of people being killed or seriously injured in traffic collisions through targeted infrastructure improvements and working with the Police on enforcement campaigns.
The council’s shorter-term investment plan for delivering this outcome is contained in the Local Implementation Plan (LIP) attached to that Strategy. It commits to meeting three targets:
- Reduce to 146 per year the number of people who are killed or seriously injured (KSI) in personal injury collisions (PIC) in the borough of Lambeth by 2022
- Reduce the KSI to 77 per year by 2030
- Reduce the KSI to zero by 2041
To identify where investment is most likely to be effective in helping meet these outcomes, officers use MAST, an advanced online road safety analysis tool. Using reports of collisions in which people were injured that have been provided by TfL’s London Road Safety Unit, it identifies where, on the borough’s 325 km of road, interventions are most likely to result in the greatest reduction in KSI. The data is also shared with the police to support targeted enforcement and engagement to improve road safety.
In forecasting a 33% reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured at these junctions, these proposals support the target outcomes set out in the borough’s current Local Implementation Plan and Borough Plan outcomes.
What has happened?
In 2017, the above process led to the A2217 Acre Lane between its junctions of Bedford Road/Kings Avenue and Brixton Hill being identified as a high priority. Acre Lane has also been categorised by TfL as a priority 1 route to reduce the frequency of collisions along it.
The Business Case for collision reduction measures in Acre Lane was approved in October 2017 and funding for scheme development was awarded as part of the 2018/19 LIP grant settlement from TfL. Provision for the scheme’s construction was included in Appendix A to the Council’s Local Implementation Plan 2019-20, approved by the Deputy Leader of the Council (Environment and Clean Air) on 3 May 2019.
The PIC data for the three years ending June 2018 has been analysed in two stages. A general overview was first carried out to assess collisions along the whole route. Then, any clustering of PICs along the route was analysed.
A summary of the three years collision data (ending June 2018) for Acre Lane, between Kings Avenue and Brixton Hill showed; during this period there were a total of 64 Personal Injury Collisions (PICs) with a total of 79 casualties. 58 (90%) collisions resulted in slight injuries and six (10%) resulted in serious collisions. None of the collisions resulted in a fatal injury.