Whether it was the large public turnout at the meeting to consider Southwark Council’s plan for improvements to the junction and pedestrian crossings at Townley Road/East Dulwich Grove, which included a No Right Turn for traffic travelling east on East Dulwich Grove, or the clever tray of ‘right-turn’ biscuits in traffic marking colours of white arrow on a blue ground, with the message – ‘It takes the biscuit’ but the afternoon was a significant success for the ‘Keep the right turn’ lobby -
Councillor Mark Williams, cabinet member for regeneration, planning and transport, said: “My thanks to everyone who contributed to the recent consultation which received a significant number of responses. In light of the considerable local concerns raised by residents the right turn from Townley Road into East Dulwich Grove will remain, and I have instructed council officers to work up alternative proposals to make the junction safer. Further details on the new scheme will be presented to the Dulwich Community Council meeting in March, with a formal decision to be taken soon afterwards. We are committed to further public consultation and engagement on any new options.”
Certainly what was suggested was an expensive sledgehammer to crack a nut. Was it ever an option, one wonders, if the supposed problem of the junction in East Dulwich Grove might be solved in the same way as Oxford Circus, which is surely a far busier and potentially more dangerous junction, by having an all-red traffic light phase? Surely it would be less disruptive, aesthetically more pleasing and cost less.