Issues

This section lists issues - problems on the street network and related matters.

Issues always relate to some geographical location, whether very local or perhaps city-wide.

You can create a new issue using the button on the right.

Listed issues, most recent first, limited to the area of Camden Cyclists:

  • Planning Application to establish a parcel distribution centre in Spring Place,

    Created by George Coulouris // 1 thread

    Change of use from industrial (Class B2) to flexible industrial (Class B2)/ storage or distribution (Class B8)/ light industrial (Class E),

    If this is approved it will result in a continual flow of vans all day on Holmes Road and Grafton Road, both of which are already overloaded with traffic and have primary schools on them. Grafton Road is part of a Cycling Quiet Way between Camden Town and Highgate also connecting to Hampstead Heath (Constantine Road) and it is planned to upgrade this route to be part of cycleway C6

    We intend to submit an objection to the application and to coordinate our response with Inkerman Area Residents Association.

    Below is a first draft for our response. Please comment and suggest further points for inclusion.

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  • Baynes Street Safe and Healthy Street Scheme

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Camden Council is consulting on changes to Baynes Street which will prevent motor traffic (except buses, emergency and refuse vehicles) from using Baynes Street as a cut-through between St Pancras Way and Royal College Street.  They will be able to use Georgiana Street instead.

    Baynes Street will be made two-way for all vehicles (including cycles) but no motor vehicles will be able to enter Baynes Street from Royal College Street. Motor vehicles can enter from St Pancras Way to access properties and some parking will be removed to facilitate turning round.

    On St Pancras Way - a proposal to widen the northbound cycle lane and to remove the turning pocket.

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  • Lower Kilburn High Road

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Camden Council, Brent Council and Westminster Council  are consulting on the following joint proposals for the section of Kilburn High Road from West End Lane to Greville Place:

    • Extending bus lanes and standardising bus lane hours
    • Changing a zebra crossing to a signalised pedestrian crossing
    • Adding more trees
    • Widening the pavement
    • Providing more informal crossing points and a central island
    • Adding new cycle lanes and longer Advanced Stop Lines

    If the scheme goes ahead, it will be implemented under an ETO with a further consultation after 12 months from the start of the ETO period.

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  • Proposed changes to junction at Swains Lane, Highgate West Hill & Highgate Road

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Camden Council is consulting on its proposals to make it easier to cross over the three roads at this roundabout.

    • Remove the central islands on all three approaches to the roundabout.
    • Narrow the roads to create wider footways.
    • Provide zebra crossings on the Highgate West Hill and Swains Lane approaches. 

    One residents’ and three paid for parking spaces will be removed

    The drawing is here

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  • Camden Park Road and Torriano Avenue Safe and Healthy Streets

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Camden Council is proposing the following changes intended to improve bus journey times, cycling and pedestrian facilities:

    • A northbound 24/7 bus lane on Camden Park Road and Torriano Avenue
    • An advanced stop line and early release for cyclists on Camden Park Road, at the junction with North Villas and Cliff Road, to improve cyclist priority at the junction
    • Removal of parking bays on Camden Park Road and double yellow lines within 10m of South Vilas junction
    • Wider footways for an increased waiting area for parents outside Torriano School, to aid social distancing
    • Remove parking bays to provide more footway space for parents/carers and children accessing Torriano School
    • Additional speed reduction measures along Torriano Avenue, such as more signage and improved speed bumps, to improve pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle safety

    But they have forgotten to consider removing the speed cushions in Camden Park Road

    The drawing also mentions the potential for vehicle activated speed signs on Torriano Avenue.

    BUT

    • No changes to the junction with Camden Road (the nearside lane will be used by left-turning motor vehicles). People cycling into Torriano Avenue need to be at the front of the ASL and go as fast as they can to reach the bus lane which starts again soon after the entry to Torriano Avenue (in the same place the cycle lane starts now).
    • There is the same left hook risk when passing Busby Crescent which urgently needs a filter (at least a ’No Entry’ but a closure would be better).
    • They don’t mention the railings outside the schools

    Drawing here

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  • Arlington Road Area LTN - Scheme Amendments

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Camden Council recently implemented an LTN in the area around Arlington Road. Following feedback on the scheme, they propose two major amendments

    1. No entry into Arlington Road from Inverness Street (i.e. southbound movements restricted to allow only emergency vehicles and bicycles).

    This filter will be enforced by

    • An Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera,
    • Flying Motor Cycle signs
    • Planters.

    Parking and loading will be forbidden within ten metres of this junction.

    Drawing here

    2. New filter on Mornington Place at the junction with Clarkson Row/Mornington Terrace (instead of the filter at Mornington Crescent.

    This new filter will allow cycles to pass and will be enforced by

    • Removable bollards and planters
    • Flying Motor Cycle signs

    The junction of Mornington Place  with Mornington Crescent will revert to two-way operation

    Drawing here

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  • Chalk Farm Road and Harmood Street Area - parking and filtering

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Camden Council is currently installing Pop-up cycle lanes on Chalk Farm Road .

    To facilitate this, they are proposing to make new parking changes to the existing Chalk Farm Road scheme affecting the following streets: Hawley Street, Hartland Road, Harmood Street, Ferdinand Street

    Drawing here

    Harmood Street: Through-traffic restriction scheme

    Camden proposes a filter (that allows cycles and emergency vehicles to pass through) on Harmood Street just south of the junction with Clarence Way.

    Enforced by:

    • An Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera,
    • Flying Motor Cycle signs
    • Planters.

    Drawing here

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  • York Way: Road safety changes

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Camden Council has recently installed Pop-up cycle lanes on York Way. They are now consulting on proposals for three of the signalised junctions.

    Agar Grove / Brewery Road junction

    • Modernisation of the signals to enable a 4 second early release for cyclists on the northern and southern arm
    • Addition of pedestrian countdown* on all arms
    • Addition of an Advanced Stop Line (ASL) for cyclists on Brewery Road

    Drawing here

    Freight Lane junction

    • Modernisation of the signals to enable a 4 second early release for cyclists on the northern and southern arm
    • New pedestrian phases added to the southern and western arm (currently there are no dedicated pedestrian phases at this intersection)
    • Addition of pedestrian countdown on all arms
    • New or extended ASLs on all arms
    • Protected junction ‘bypass’ for southbound cyclicts
    • New advisory lane marked through the intersection for northbound cyclists, with coloured tarmac

    Drawing here

    Handyside Street / Copenhagen Street junction

    • Modernisation of the signals to enable a 4 second early release for cyclists on the northern and southern arm
    • Addition of pedestrian countdown on all arms
    • Lengthening of ASLs on the northern and southern arm
    • Advisory lanes marked through the intersection for north and southbound cyclists, with coloured tarmac

    Drawing here

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  • Camden Council review of parking permits and parking charges

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Camden Council is consulting on a review of its parking permits and parking charges

    Motivation: diesel vehicle ownership and trips have not reduced sufficiently to address the AQ impact.

    The proposed changes are from April 2021 unless stated otherwise.

    Residents Parking permits

    The diesel surcharge to be raised from 21.5% to 50% of the petrol vehicle permit price  (surcharge ranging from £65 to £237 per annum).

    The petrol vehicle permit price depends on CO2 emissions and ranges from £130-£274 p.a.

    Electric vehicles get free permits.

    Visitors permits

    Not mentioned in the consultation document so presumably remain the same e.g. £1.12 per hour.

    Car clubs

    The current permit price is £289. This will change to a price based on CO2 emissions with a diesel surcharge.

    The price for electric cars will be £86. The lowest CO2 emission polluter pays £289.

    Doctors’ permits

    The same charges as for a  Car Club vehicle.

    Paid for parking sessions

    Currently, the borough is divided into four areas each with different tariffs. The areas with the two lowest tariffs will be merged.

    CO2 emission based charging will be introduced and the diesel surcharge will be raised from 21.5% to 50%

    Electric vehicles pay from £2.40 to £4.14 per hour in areas 1 to 3 while the charge for petrol cars range from £3.43 (lowest polluter in the cheapest area) to £5.15 (highest polluter in most expensive area).

    Increased price for coaches £13.82 per hour.

    Maximum stay of 1 hour where there is currently no maximum and in CPZs with only 2 hours of operation.

    South of Euston Road maximum stay reduced from 2 to 1.5 hour. From April 2022.

    Motorcycle parking

    Discount electric m/c residents’ permit (to £22 p.a.) and increase the price of petrol ones (to £130 p.a.). They also have business permits and visitor permits.

    Convert all dedicated solo m/c bays to shared use with one of the various permits. No more free parking for m/cs.

    Paid for parking £3.42-£5.92 per hour for petrol and £1.72-£2.96 electric per hour.

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  • Grafton Way Closure

    Created by John Chamberlain // 0 threads

    From the 24th October for four weeks Grafton Way will be closed between Huntley Street and Tottenham Court Road for drainage works. There is no reasonable alternative to the south until you get to Tavistock Place. Cyclists can use the bus lane in front of UCH if they are careful (note that you will have to make a two-stage right turn at Tottenham Court Road if you want to go up Hampstead Road).

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  • 2-way Cycle Tracks - do cyclists use them in the contraflow direction?

    Created by Bruce Lynn // 2 threads

    Observations on the recently opened Cycleway 4 in South London indicate that 25% of cyclists choose NOT to use it in the contraflow direction. This is consistent with the view of many cyclists that it is better to be on the "correct" side of the road.  A short report of the counts on CW4 is at

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RONkTFVNwjOZgjpeTdxw_W06R08d9h9_/view?usp=sharing

    I would be interested if anyone else has similar findings. and in general how people feel about 2-way tracks.  TfL seem to like them (use a bit less space, a little cheaper). But if they are significantly less likely to be used than two 1-way tracks, this information might get us better designs.

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  • North Gower Street Closed

    Created by John Chamberlain // 0 threads

    From 17th August to 2nd October North Gower Street will be closed to all except pedestrians at the Euston Road junction. This blocks the signed cycle route between the Hampstead Road and the Euston Road pop-up lanes.

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  • Kentish Town Healthy Streets Project

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Camden Council wants to improve the Kentish Town area, including improving air quality and making walking and cycling easier and safer.  The area included is shown on the attached map on which we have added blue lines to show the links in the Camden cycle network in this area. See map image with the Issue.

    Camden has already been engaging with stakeholders at meetings and with local people via the Commonplace engagement  map (see link).

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  • Riding House Street Public Realm Improvements

    Created by Colin Wing // 1 thread

    The proposals are:

    • Formalised permanent road closure at east end of Riding House Street.
    • Creation of a pedestrian zone with a flush surface throughout paved with two tone concrete paving.
    • Benches and planting to improve public amenity and change the nature of Riding House Street from a road to a functional pedestrian space.
    • Removal of the existing zebra crossing as it is no longer required. An informal pedestrian route between All Souls School sites is highlighted in the proposed paving pattern.
    • Cycle parking facilities.
    • Two-way operation to the east of Nassau Street to maintain access to motorcycle parking and for servicing vehicles.

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  • Barnet Draft Long Term Transport Strategy 2020-2041 Consultation

    Created by JonC // 1 thread

    Update: Strategy adopted by Environment Committee on 09/09/2020

    "Barnet’s population is growing and by 2030 it will have grown to almost 450,000 people, with a significant increase in the older population. We want to ensure that transport in the borough can support this growth and provides a reliable, safe and convenient transport network which supports improvements to air quality and the health of all of our residents."

    "There is also limited road space in the borough and with the projected population growth, congestion can only be addressed by reducing our reliance on the car and encouraging more sustainable and active ways to travel such as walking, cycling and public transport."

    "Our proposed Long Term Transport Strategy sets a direction for change to offer greater choices for travel, encourage more active lifestyles which will increase the health and well-being of Barnet’s residents and improve air quality. The strategy also sets out a number of proposed schemes for each type of travel along with activities to help change behaviour and encourage positive changes to the way we currently travel."

    "

    Our vision

    The strategy includes the following vision statement relating to our long term vision for transport in the borough:

    By 2041, Barnet will have an efficient, convenient and reliable transport network, which enables safe, healthy and inclusive travel, protects the natural environment and supports the borough’s growth.

    The network will have transformed the way people and goods travel, providing strong orbital and radial links which gives everyone a choice of transport modes to complete their journey regardless of age, ability or income.

    This vision informs our proposals for the future of transport in the borough, and sets out a roadmap for achieving our vision which also complements other council policies such as the Growth Strategy(External link), the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy(External link), and the draft Local Plan(External link)."

     online questionnaire(External link).

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  • A41 Finchley Road - Swiss Cottage to Childs Hill

    Created by JonC // 0 threads

    TfL propose bus and walking improvements along Finchley Road between Hillgrove Road (Swiss Cottage) and Hendon Way (Childs Hill),

    No direct references to improving cycling along this route. Mostly in Camden. 

    Only the Hendon Way junction is in Barnet. See Barnet Cyclists issue A41-A598 Burgess Hill for discussion of that junction.

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