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.

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

  • Heath Street/East Heath Road/West Heath Road junction Proposed Improvements

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    In the consultation Camden states that they propose measures to  improve the public realm and reduce bus journey times through the junction of Heath Street, East Heath Road and West Heath Road in Hampstead.

     

    We note that buses 268 and 603 run along Heath Street through this junction. 

     

    They list the following problems:

     

    - The staggered arrangement of East Heath Road and West Heath Road means that it is difficult to turn right or travel straight ahead when exiting West Heath Road

     

    -  pedestrians crossing the northern arm of the junction over Heath Street have to cross away from the their desire line

     

    -  southbound traffic on Heath Street is held while pedestrians cross East Heath Road 

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  • Gloucester Gate to be closed to all traffic, Jan to Jun 2019

    Created by Mixhael // 1 thread

    I read on the Regent's Park Cyclists Facebook page that Thames Water will be closing Gloucester Gate for water mains replacement, starting January 2019, ending June 2019. They are requiring cyclists to dismount and use the footway. The Friends of Regents Park have expressed fears of cyclists unwilling to dismount, and the attendant danger to footway users. Justin Mckie will be asking Thames to provide a way for cyclists. If it is anything like the works on Park Village East this autumn, there was plenty of space to provide a small passage for cyclists it was just a lack of cooperation from Thames Water than prevented it. I contacted them directly, they replied but refused to help. If anyone has any influence at Thames Water/HS2/Camden it might be worth following this up. This is a massive desire line for daily cycling and will be a large inconvenience for six months. On the plus side, it will be interesting to monitor motor traffic levels in the park with Gloucester Gate closed.

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  • Don't pedestrianise Fitzrovia - make it access only

    Created by linus // 1 thread

    Westminster council are doing two important things at the moment. There is a consultation on "Oxford Street District" here: https://osd.london The other thing WCC are doing is going to close Riding House Street with the Camden boundary at the junction of Cleveland Street by installing bollards across the road. The street has already been closed for over a year and it has had no negative impact. Camden have already done this at Fitzroy Square and Warren Street and it has been very positive. We need to do more of the same. The issue of through traffic -- including Torrington Place -- needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency. All areas of Fitzrovia are above the legal limit for NO2, except for Crabtree Fields open space. (Sample readings: 55 µg/m3 - legal limit is 40 µg/m3. NO2 pollution on Oxford Street east is 66 µg/m3 & on Euston Road it is 84 µg/m3.) Camden has so far refused to entertain the two road closures I have suggested - Torrington Place and Goodge Place. I am now going to suggest the following road closures to Camden and Westminster to make Fitzrovia "access only". Close Goodge Street at Westminster boundary at junction with Goodge Place; close New Cavendish Street at the junction with Cleveland Street, and finally close Clipstone Street at the junction with Cleveland Street (this would also require Cleveland Street to be one-way north bound). I believe it will not impact on access to all streets by motor vehicles for deliveries and drop-offs, etc. But it will eliminate entirely motor through traffic across the Camden/Westminster border and mitigate the effect of Gower Street northbound traffic turning into Torrington Place. This would also cut down on traffic along Grafton Way which also a victim of WEP.

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  • Consultation: Proposed changes to the Torrington Place / Tavistock Place corrido

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Camden is consulting on: The direction of motor traffic flow i.e. – should it remain as it is now (eastbound between Gower Street and Judd Street and westbound between Gower Street and Tottenham Court Road) – or change to westbound through the entire stretch between Judd Street and Tottenham Court Road They also ask support for further improvements (including stepped tracks and widened footways) subject to funding being available

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  • Kentish Town Planning Framework

    Created by John Chamberlain // 3 threads

    Camden are consulting on a proposed planning framework for the northwest part of Kentish Town. This essentially covers the Murphy’s and Regis Road sites and is designed to set parameters for when/if the sites are redeveloped. The consultation is at goo.gl/6GaJEd and is open for individual responses until December 7th. We will be putting in a response from Camden Cyclists so please use one of the threads to add your comments by the end of November. We are particularly focussed on cycle and pedestrian permeability.

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  • Oxford Street District Place Strategy and Delivery Plan

    Created by Simon Munk // 1 thread

    Westminster Council says: The draft strategy sets out a series of ambitious, exciting and also deliverable recommendations to significantly improve the district as a whole, with 96 projects across 87 different streets and spaces. We’ve also identified nine zones that reflect varying character from Marble Arch to Tottenham Court Road. The strategy was developed from previous consultation responses, proposed plans and a process of engagement in order to identify and understand concerns and ideas. All of the proposals are our ideas as to what could be done to improve the area. Subject to the feedback we receive in the consultation, the council will then carry out the detailed technical work that would be needed to turn those preferred proposals into reality.

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  • Kilburn High Road Liveable Neighbourhood

    Info from survey: "The London Borough of Brent and Sustrans are working together to explore ways in which the Kilburn High Road and surrounding area shown could be improved. Together we want to better meet the needs of the community to make it a more desireable place to walk, cycle and enjoy being in. ... London Borough of Brent and London Borough of Camden will submit a joint application to Transport for London's Liveable Neighbourhood programme in November 2018, which will incorporate suggestions made by the community." Brent Cyclists are forming our own response, to be sent by end of October 2018.

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  • Fact-checking the LCC

    Created by Simon Parker // 1 thread

    The London Cycling Campaign have reported that cycling is up 38% on the Embankment, and 200% on Lower Thames Street! This is money well spent, they reckon. Simon Munk has previously written that he is rather keen that no one makes wildly inaccurate claims about any scheme, and I would like to fact-check the LCC's claims here. That cycling is up 38% on the Embankment is neither here nor there. People for Bikes has reported that protected bike lanes tend to increase ridership on a street by an average of 75% in the first year alone. As they also noted, about three quarters of these 'new' users were already using a bike for that trip — they had simply adjusted their route to take advantage of the improved facility. So a 38% increase on the Embankment equates to very few genuinely new users, and almost zero from the Interested but Concerned demographic. A 200% increase on Lower Thames Street is more remarkable, and remarkable claims need remarkable evidence. Any takers?

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  • Consultation on Proposed changes to footway, crossovers, zebra crossing and park

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Hawley Road (+ southern end of Castlehaven Road) runs one way eastbound and is on the north side of a small clockwise gyratory on Kentish Town Road, Hawley Crescent and Camden High Street. Hawley Road is just to the north of Regents’ Canal. The Camden Lock area has recently been redeveloped to provide a new school for Hawley Primary as well as housing. During this development the southern footway and adjacent parking places were closed. The scheme under consultation tidies up and widens the southern footway and permanently removes the former parking places.

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  • Prince of Wales Road Walking, Cycling and Road Safety Improvements

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Camden is consulting on proposed improvements on Prince of Wales Road. They note that the majority of the collisions in the last 36 months have taken place at the Prince of Wales Road/ Haverstock Hill junction and the Malden Road/ Prince of Wales junction and have involved vulnerable road users (pedestrians, cyclists and powered two-wheelers). Camden notes that TfL’s Strategic Cycling Analysis (SCA) identifies Prince of Wales Road as in the top 5-10% of roads in the London with the highest cycle flows. Also, the SCA identifies Prince of Wales Road as having high potential to contribute towards addressing London’s greatest cycling needs, through forming part of a wider cycling network. The proposed measures include: - improvements at the junctions with Malden Road and Haverstock Hill - a westbound segregated cycle track Camden states that there is not sufficient road width for a cycle track in both directions without removing a substantial amount of residents’ parking. They propose a design for a westbound cycle track with stepped tracks, floating bus stops and with parking bays outside the track.

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  • Camley Street - Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS)

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Email consultation: We are seeking your views on the Council’s proposal to introduce a sustainable drainage system (SuDS) on the southern end of Camley Street between the rail bridge and the junction with Goods Way. SuDS help to reduce flood risk, improve water quality and take pressure off the sewer network. In addition to managing surface water runoff, SuDS can contribute towards building the place function of streets, increasing biodiversity and better water and air quality.   We have been exploring options for incorporating SuDS on the public highway throughout the London Borough of Camden, and as part of this propose to establish this pilot project on Camley Street. If implemented, it is hoped this scheme will set a precedent for other interventions in the borough, and increase SuDS awareness and knowledge within Camden.   The Council’s flood risk modelling indicates that Camley Street is an area of elevated flood risk, particularly the southern end near the junction with Goods Way. In response to this, the Council is proposing to introduce SuDS rain gardens on Camley Street. Rain gardens are planted areas that allow rainwater to be collected, stored and filtered into the groundwater system. The proposed rain gardens on Camley Street will include the following features:   ·         a 2m wide linear bioretention raingarden along the western kerbline – a planted feature with freely infiltrating soils and storage layers beneath that will collect all the rainwater  from the carriageway and western footway. ·         the width of the carriageway will be reduced to 6m and the footway on the western side of the road reduced to a width of 2m, over a total gross length of approximately 180m. This is to allow for the 2m wide rain gardens. The road markings and formal parking provision (three disabled bays) on Camley Street will not change. ·         existing vehicle access points on the western side of the footway will be retained, and pedestrian crossing points will be designed in at appropriate intervals. ·         the SuDS system will be designed to deal with a 1 in 30 year flood event.   It is our view that introducing SuDS on Camley Street will improve the streetscape and experience of Camley Street in the following ways: ·         reduced flood risk ·         reduced reliance on the sewer network ·         general visual enhancement ·         increased separation of vehicles and pedestrians ·         air quality improvements for pedestrians ·         biodiversity enhancement ·         additional planting and greater contact with nature   The scheme is being funded through Thames Water, as part of the London Strategic SuDS Pilot Study, and funding from Section 106 contributions.

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  • DfT Policy Paper - Inclusive Transport Strategy

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/inclusive-transport-strategy Lots of interesting stuff about inclusive transport regarding trains, buses, cars, public realm, streets and yes a bit about cycling too. Quotes: Shared Space: 8.11 While we consider CIHT and DPTAC’s recommendations and how to take them forward, we are requesting that local authorities pause any shared space schemes incorporating a level surface they are considering, and which are at the design stage. We are also temporarily suspending Local Transport Note 1/11. This pause will allow us to carry out research and produce updated guidance. Objectives regarding Cycling: • Update Local Transport Note 2/08, which sets out the Department’s guidance to local authorities on designing safe and inclusive infrastructure for cyclists, to take account of developments in cycling infrastructure since its publication in 2008 and the responses to the draft AAP consultation and publish a revised version by early 2019; • By 2020, explore the feasibility of amending legislation to recognise the use of cycles as a mobility aid71 in order to increase the number of disabled people cycling.

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  • Consultation on Goldhurst Terrace Pedestrian Crossing Improvements

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    This consultation refers to the double junction of Goldhurst Terrace with Greencroft Gardens and Broadhurst Gardens. This complex junction is composed of a collection of one-way motor traffic runs: - westbound traffic runs from Finchley Road along Goldhurst Terrace - some of which then turns right onto Broadhurst Gardens. - the remainder continues in a SSW direction on Goldhurst Terrace towards South Hampstead - Greencroft Gardens has one-way NE bound motor traffic up to the junction with Broadhurst Gardens. and contraflow cycling accessed via the (lower) junction of Goldhurst Terrace. The proposals are - to introduce raised tables at four informal pedestrian crossings - to widen footway at three of the crossings

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  • Consultation on Princeton Street Traffic Improvements

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Princeton Street runs between Bedford Row and Red Lion Square. It crosses over Red Lion Street which is on the useful north-south cycle route from Kings Cross down to Holborn. Princeton Street is one-way westbound for motor traffic between Red Lion Street and Red Lion Square. Cyclists are already allowed to cycle in both directions, entering Princeton Street from Red Lion Square via a ‘plug’ (a short section of cycle track) separated by an island so as to bypass the No Entry sign. This proposal is to close to motor vehicles a short section of Princeton Street on approach to its junction with Red Lion Square. This will be achieved by means of three bollards at the junction of Red Lion Square

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  • Tufnell Park junction revisions

    Created by George Coulouris // 1 thread

    Camden Council will shortly be releasing a consultation on some tweaks to Tufnell Park junction aimed at improving it for pedestrians and cyclists. This junction overlaps the Camden-Islington boundary, so I presume the consultation will be a joint one, but Camden are taking the lead on the design. I'm not free to post a drawing but I want to start some early discussion between Camden cyclists, Islington cyclists and others so here's a brief summary of the proposals: - removal of the traffic islands and straight-across ped crossings on all arms of the junction - additional diagonal ped crossings across the middle of the junction with an all-green phase. - ASL boxes on all arms, but with feeder lanes (mandatory) only on Junction Road and Tufnell Park Road - There will still be two motor traffic lanes at the signals for Fortess Road and Brecknock Road because without a right-turn lane all the traffic would be held up by the right turners (into Tufnell Park Road). These changes do quite a lot for pedestrians but not much to alleviate the difficulty and danger of cycling through the junction on most alignments.

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  • Dockless Pool Bikes In Barnet

    Created by Jon Klaff // 1 thread

    Barnet Environment Committee are debating the trial of Urbo bikes over a 24 month period. 100 bikes will be tested with a potential expansion to 300 if successful Any comments on the content appreciated ASAP (questions due in this week).

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  • Kentish Town Planning Framework Consultation

    Created by John Chamberlain // 1 thread

    Camden have started consultation on a planning framework for Kentish Town, with specific focus on the Regis Road and Murphy's sites. We'll need to respond, though a cynical view might be that it is a waste of time, given that a similar exercise for the Morrison's site in Chalk Farm had no perceptible effect on the final grant of planning permission. There is a very short consultation period.

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  • Proposals for the Creation of a Major Road Network (London)

    Created by Simon Munk // 1 thread

    From the DfT: As part of the Transport Investment Strategy, the government committed to creating a Major Road Network (MRN). This consultation asks for views on: how to define the MRN the role that local, regional and national bodies will play in the MRN investment programme which schemes will be eligible for MRN funding A new MRN would help deliver the following objectives: reduce congestion support economic growth and rebalancing support housing delivery support all road users support the Strategic Road Network The creation of an MRN will allow for dedicated funding from the National Roads Fund to be used to improve this middle tier of our busiest and most economically important local authority ‘A’ roads.

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  • Six new routes

    Created by Simon Parker // 1 thread

    Green light for development of six new cycle routes across London TfL’s Strategic Cycling Analysis identified the top 25 connections where new cycling infrastructure is required to enable more people to cycle. Further work between TfL and the boroughs has identified these six routes as the initial routes to take forward to the design stage. The routes will extend from Tottenham in the north, to Peckham in the south, and from Barking in the east, to Willesden Junction in the west, "helping to create a pan-London network of high-quality cycle routes". The new routes are, it is claimed, an important further step in making the investment required to achieve the Mayor's aim, set out in the draft Mayor's Transport Strategy, of 80 per cent of journeys being made by foot, bike or public transport by 2041. TfL and the boroughs will now begin design work on: Lea Bridge to Dalston (3) This 3km route would link the City and Waltham Forest by filling the gap between Lea Bridge Road and Cycle Superhighway 1 at Dalston Ilford to Barking Riverside (10) This 8km route would link two bustling outer London town centres and a major growth area with up to 10,800 new homes and a new London Overground connection – while enhancing access to the Elizabeth line and London Overground services Hackney to the Isle of Dogs (5) This 8km route would stretch from Hackney to the Isle of Dogs via Canary Wharf, Mile End and Victoria Park Rotherhithe to Peckham (12) This 4km route would link Peckham with key and growing destinations such as Canada Water and Surrey Quays, and connect up other cycling routes such as Quietway 1 and the proposed Cycle Superhighway 4 Tottenham Hale to Camden (2) This 8km route would connect major town centres and will cover seven junctions identified as being among the 73 with the worst safety records Wembley to Willesden Junction This 5km route would be north-west London’s first major cycle route, connecting Wembley, Stonebridge Park and Willesden Junction. Future sections will connect to planned infrastructure in west London such as CS9 and CS10. The Mayor is also committed to providing a new river crossing between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf for pedestrians and cyclists, which ultimately could link the proposed cycle routes between Hackney and Peckham to create a continuous 12km cycle route. An initial review of the recent consultation on the proposed Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf Crossing showed strong support for the project. TfL is still analysing all the responses and will be announcing the full results of the consultation in the coming months. Sadiq Khan said: "I've committed to invest record amounts in making cycling easier and safer for Londoners, and I'm delighted that work is now beginning on designing the next generation of high-quality cycle routes across the capital. "Working closely with the boroughs, we’re providing new routes in both inner and outer London, including in areas that haven’t previously seen serious investment in cycling infrastructure."

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