New two-way system receives the thumbs down from traders
PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:33 26 September 2018
The new two-way system on Stratford Broadway has led to confusion among road users in the first week of operation.
Increased traffic and disruption to businesses were among the complaints as the town centre’s one-way system gradually makes way for two-way roads with widened pedestrian spaces and cycle lanes.
And despite Cllr Rachel Tripp stating last week that many residents had found the one-way system frustrating, the new two-way system appears equally so.
Jack Tyrrell-Killian, 25, has been working in Newham as a property developer for four years and doesn’t understand the council’s decision.
“I don’t see why two-way is going to make the situation any different,” he said, adding that he believes the previous layout allowed traffic through more fluidly.
While many of the people the Recorder spoke to on the Broadway supported improving cycle routes around the area, concerns were raised about the clarity of the signs at cycle crossings.
“People cross the cycle lane as they would normally try and do and not notice that it’s actually a cycle lane now and cyclists come at them full pelt,” Mr Tyrrell-Killian said.
Business owners have complained about their own road work headaches. Salif Mustafa, 36, has been working at Newham Market for three years and runs a stall there. He says that the changes have reduced foot traffic going past his business.
The previous one-way system was fine, he says, and hasn’t heard a positive comment about the new layout from customers.
Aneta Radwanska, the 43-year-old boss of a Polish shop on the Broadway said that the constant works have disrupted her business.
“There was always traffic here but now I think it is much worse,” she said. “Maybe when the building work finishes maybe it’s going to be better, but I doubt it.”
A Newham Council spokeswoman explained that a consultation was carried out before construction began and that it had “worked hard to ensure businesses do not suffer”.
She added: “Safety in the town centre is our priority and this is why the two way system was introduced.
“Signage is already in place but we will be installing more signs reminding cyclists and pedestrians to be aware of each other.
“We know with such a huge transformation, there are bound to be some initial problems and we have been closely monitoring the situation with TfL, tweaking systems where possible to achieve a smoother flow of traffic.”
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