Following feedback from local residents and stakeholders, an independent Road Safety Audit was undertaken to assess the safety of the proposed new access arrangements for Elm Quay Court. In response to the findings of the Audit, the Embassy team has discussed some potential revisions to the proposed road layout and access arrangements with Transport for London and Wandsworth Council, and has now submitted revised plans to the Council to be considered as part of the two planning applications.
These revised plans propose:
- The retention of traffic signal controls to Elm Quay Court;
- The proposed pedestrian crossing on Nine Elms Lane, previously shown to the east of the new eastern access road to the Embassy (the access for use by the Ambassador and Embassy staff only), has now been moved west and incorporated into the Elm Quay Court junction, to reduce the number of traffic signal phases and ensure the free flow of traffic along Nine Elms Lane;
- The central reservation on Nine Elms Lane has been widened to accommodate the staggered pedestrian crossing and to allow adequate space for cars to wait when turning right into Elm Quay Court;
- In light of the revisions proposed above, it will no longer be necessary to have a separate set of traffic lights governing the new eastern access road to the Embassy building, so these have now been removed from the plans.