Jamaica Road

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A200. Main east-west road in Riverside ward in Bermondsey close to the Thames, continuing east into Rotherhithe ward in Rotherhithe.

Starts at Rotherhithe Tunnel and ends at Dockhead. A200 continues east as Lower Rd and west as Tooley St.

Planned to carry a Cycle Superhighway, CS4. Consultation promised by TfL in 2017, so completion unlikely before 2018.

Jamaica Rd is 1.4km long. Dual carriageway, 2 lanes. One lane is mostly bus lane, so just 1 general traffic lane. There are 4 light-controlled junctions: Southwark Park Rd, St James Rd, Abbey Street and Tooley Street /Tanner Street.

Jamaica Rd is popular with commuter cyclists and carries 1000 cyclists per hour at peak times. Flows are very tidal. But there are no cycle facilities, although the promised CS4 should fix this. Main dangers are: Eastbound, left hook risk at all signal controlled junctions. Westbound, east end roundabout at Rotherhithe Tunnel.

A notable feature of traffic is queuing at the Rotherhithe tunnel roundabout. A 1km queue back to St James Rd is not uncommon during working time (Mon-Fri, 7 to 7). Queues are worst during pm peak. Because the roundabout becomes blocked queuing also occurs on Lower Rd, often back to the Surrey Quays 1-way system. TfL appear incapable of sorting this problem which causes massive disruption of local traffic. As the bus lanes remain mostly clear it is not a problem for cyclists.

Traffic counts for Jamaica road are available from the DfT statistics. We have also made occasional counts and these will be attached here when I (Bruce) can figure out how to do it. in.