Following your query about the long term plans for the Lodge Avenue/Ripple Road junction, here is my response:
The Renwick Road/A13 junction is due to undergo significant upgrading as part of the transport infrastructure improvements associated with the Barking Riverside development.
The current proposals are for a grade separated junction with slip roads providing for all turning movements to and from Renwick Road, and allowing the free flow of the A13 through the junction. This would mean that vehicles could turn right out of Renwick Road (this movement is currently banned), and mean that all traffic signals at this location would be removed. It would also allow for a potential new bus route to be provided from Renwick Road to Castle Green and beyond, providing a link to the new Jo Richardson School and Becontree Underground station.
Under the current programme, initial design work would begin in early 2006, and the scheme would be completed by 2011. This would ensure that there was no disruption to the A13 during the Olympics in 2012. The scheme would be implemented by Transport for London (TfL) as the A13 is under their jurisdiction.
There are also a number of schemes to improve the junctions along Renwick Road south of the A13, again associated with the Barking Riverside development. These would provide improvements at Renwick Road/Choats Road, Renwick/Bastable Avenue and Renwick Road/Thames Road.
Lodge Avenue/Ripple Road/A13
TfL have recently installed traffic signals on the roundabout at this junction, although they are not yet operational. This will improve the flow of traffic on the approach roads to the junction, on the roundabout itself and on the slip roads on and off the A13. There are still a few technical issues to be ironed out, and as yet no firm date has been set for switching them on.
In addition to this, there are proposals to widen Lodge Avenue (within the existing highway boundary) on the approach to the roundabout to improve bus priority. This is scheduled to be operational after 2000 homes have been built at Barking Riverside, which under the current programme would be 2010/2011.
The improvements to the Renwick Road/A13 junction detailed above will also improve the operation of this junction. This is because vehicles that currently want to turn right out of Renwick Road have to turn left instead and head westbound along the A13, before u-turning at Lodge Avenue/Ripple Road to travel back the other way. The introduction of the grade separated junction will allow the right turn out of Renwick Road, therefore removing the need for u-turning and reducing the amount of traffic using the junction.
If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Principal Transport Planner
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
Tel: 020 8227 3952