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:

  • 20/05396/FUL: 4 commercial buildings, Trinity Hall Fam Ind. Estate, Nuffield Rd

    Created by Rosamund Humphrey (Admin Officer) // 1 thread

    20/05396/FUL

    Erection of four commercial mid-tech buildings comprising Use Class E (commercial, business and service) to provide flexible office, research and development and light industrial uses, and Use Class B8 (storage and distribution) limited to a maximum of 20% GEFA; together with car parking, cycle parking, landscaping, substation and associated infrastructure (following demolition of the existing buildings).

    Trinity Hall Farm Industrial Estate, Nuffield Road, Cambridge, CB4 1TG

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  • Camden Square Area Safe and Healthy Streets

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    The Camden Square area is bounded by Camden Road, Camden Park Road-York Way, Agar Grove and St Pancras Way. Most of this area already benefits from some road closures made in the 1970s at junctions with Agar Grove (St Augustines Road, St Paul’s Crescent and Stratford Villas) and at junctions with Camden Road (Rochester Square and Cantelowes Road). But Murray Street is still used as a rat-run between Camden Road and Agar Grove.

    This consultation focuses on

    • The removal of the rat-run on Murray Street and of another potential rat-run via North Villas
    • Improvements to the cycle route that runs from Cliff Road, through Camden Square and on to Royal College Street.

    The rat-run reduction scheme proposes two filters:

    • A diagonal filter on Murray Street at the junction with Stratford Villas enforced by ANPR camera. (right turns into Camden Road from Murray Street will be permitted)
    • A filter with a removable bollard at the top of Camden Square west side which will become two-way for all vehicles.
    • Mandatory left turn signs where Camden Mews meets Camden Park Road.

    The proposals for improving the cycle route are:

    • Randolph Street with flow and contraflow cycle lanes protected by wands
    • Marked cycle crossings over Royal College Street at the junction with Randolph Street (with relocation of the bus stop to the south of this junction).
    • A radical improvement of the junction of Agar Grove, St Pancras Way and Randolph Street;
      • on each of the four arms of the junction, cycles will get a green at a stage in the signals where they can cross safely without conflict with motor vehicles.
      • pedestrians can obtain an all green stage on demand
      • the approach from Agar Grove will be in a lane protected by wands
    • A Tiger Crossing over Agar Grove at the southern end of Stratford Villas
    • Cliff Road: the contraflow lane will be moved behind the parked cars while the with flow lane runs with general traffic but all parking will be removed on this (the south) side.

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  • Draft Sutton Sustainable Transport Strategy 2020-2025 Consultation

    Created by Marcus Howarth // 1 thread

    The draft document is linked right at the bottom of the consulation page, again here

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/15a9o8nCb5R9rs5iPINp8M2zrr3Qm-Axr/view

    from 1.3

    Everyone benefits from sustainable transport because it means that we are:
    • Keeping the air cleaner through alternative travel choices, such as walking, cycling to work, using public transport or using electric vehicles, while improving public health;
    • Improving safety for travellers, especially for people with disabilities, children, older residents and other vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists;

    1.13 In July 2019, the London Borough of Sutton declared a climate emergency, and pledged to make the borough carbon neutral. Air quality improvements and carbon reduction are byproducts of, and some of many reasons for, sustainable transport.

    from section 4

    Cycle mode share is low, 1.1% of all journeys and among the lowest share in London. 

    5.7 Essentially, more people in Sutton are choosing to use their car for journeys of less than 2km than anywhere else in London.

    See Section 6 re. cycling. 

    6.12 The existing number of cycling trips made each year in Sutton is 7,700, out of a total in outer London of 208,200 trips.
    However, there is a potential for 234,900 daily cyclable trips, which would mean that 3% of all borough journeys would be by cycle. This
    figure is higher than boroughs of similar size and population such as Harrow, Merton and Richmond upon Thames.
    6.13 As with walkable trips, Sutton also has the highest number of potentially cyclable trips per resident that are currently made by a motorised mode of travel22.

    Targets include

    Appendix F : no mention of cycleways

    also saw under Developer checklists:

    Cycling
    G6g) The Council, landowners, developers, infrastructure providers and funding agencies will work together to implement the place-based projects in the Sutton Public Realm Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (adopted January 2020).
    G6h) The Council, landowners, developers, infrastructure providers and funding agencies will work together to implement the Liveable Neighbourhoods schemes and to bid for and implement future schemes where possible.

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  • Six new School Streets - Feb 2021

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    All of the schemes operate timed road closures on Mondays to Fridays e.g. from 8.15am-9.15am and 3pm-4pm in term time.

    In all but one of the schemes, it is stated that the restrictions will be enforced using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras.

    Each scheme would be introduced as a trial for a maximum of 18 months with  a further consultation After 12 months.

    Exemptions: properties and businesses in the closed section of the affected road, emergency services, bin lorries, blue badge and pupils of the school that have a disability that prevents them from using active travel.

    A few nice surprises here, marked with asterisks ***

    Brookfield School

    A Healthy School Street on Croftdown Road, between the junction with Chester Road and the east side of the junction with St. Albans Road.

    And close with planters and bollards the west side of the junction Croftdown Road/ St Albans Road

    Consultation on Camden’s website:

    https://consultations.wearecamden.org/supporting-communities/healthy-school-streets-brookfield/

    Kentish Town Church of England Primary School

    A Healthy School Street on Islip Street, from Frideswide Place to the junction with Hammond Street.

    *** Create a permanent restriction on Hammond Street by placing planters halfway between Islip Street and Caversham Road.

    Temporary widening of footway outside school. Why temporary?

    Removal of some guard rails

    Consultation on Camden’s website:

    https://consultations.wearecamden.org/supporting-communities/healthy-school-streets-kentish-town/

    Christopher Hatton Primary School

    1. A Healthy School Street On Mount Pleasant, between the junction with Grays Inn Road and the junction with Elm Street.

    No mention of the use of ANPR cameras.

    *** 2. Make permanent the trial scheme in Laystall Street north of Rosebery Avenue which implemented a mid-point closure and allowed two-way cycling.

    Consultation on Camden’s website

    https://consultations.wearecamden.org/supporting-communities/healthy-school-streets-christopher-hatton/

    Argyle Primary School

    A Healthy School Street road on Bidborough Street, Hastings Street and Tonbridge Street.

    *** The one-way systems on all three streets would remain in place, with the addition of a contraflow for cycles.

    Consultation on Camden’s website

    https://consultations.wearecamden.org/supporting-communities/healthy-school-streets-argyle/

    St Mary and St Pancras School

    A Healthy School Street on Polygon Road between Chalton Street and Werrington Street.

    Consultation on Camden’s website:

    https://consultations.wearecamden.org/supporting-communities/healthy-school-streets-st-mary-st-pancras/

    Ecole Jeanine Manuel

    A Healthy School Street on the south side of Bedford Square which is one-way westbound.

    from the junction with Bloomsbury Street to Adeline Place

    *** Add a contraflow cycle lane to the southern side of Bedford Square

    Consultation on Camden’s website:

    https://consultations.wearecamden.org/supporting-communities/healthy-school-streets-consultations-ejm/

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  • Mansfield Road and Estelle Road Safe and Healthy Streets consultation

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    The proposal is to made a Tiger crossing over Mansfield Road between Estelle Roads and the cut-through to Elaine Grove. This will replace the existing zebra crossing. The following supporting measures are also proposed: 

    • No Entry to Estelle Road from Mansfield Road
    • Introducing small sections of shared space (pedestrians and cycles) areas around the proposed crossing
    • removal of 9m parking bays on Estelle Road close to this junction

    The improvement of this crossing is in preparation for the extension of C6 from Kentish Town via Castle Road, Castelehaven Road and Grafton Road to reach Hampstead Heath at Savernake bridge.

    Implement on 18 month ETO,

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  • King Henry's Road area Safe and Healthy Streets

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    This scheme is intended to reduce through traffic on King Henry’s Road and Elsworthy Road, both of which have ~ 2000 motor vehicle movements per day in each direction, 74% of which is through traffic. In addition, average speeds are well in excess of 20 mph.

    To stop the rat-running and to reduce the traffic volumes and speeds on King Henry’s Road and Elsworthy Road, Camden proposes the following point closures:

    • Elsworthy Road at the junction with Avenue Road
    • Elsworthy Road to the east of the junction with Elsworthy Rise
    • King Henry’s Road to the east of the junction with Elsworthy Rise

    In addition, Camden proposes:

    • A Healthy School Street for St Paul’s School (in the eastern end of Elsworthy Road) operating 8am to 9am and 3pm to 4pm with exemptions for people who live in that section of road
    • Footway widening on Primrose Hill Road near to St Paul’s School
    • and a new Zebra crossing near Oppidans Road

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  • Map of planned projects

    Created by wookey // 2 threads

    It's hard to know where (and when) all the future cycling-related developments are, so a map showing them could be very useful. This issue is to discuss this idea, if it is useful, or already exists somewhere, and how it might be done.

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  • Queen's Crescent Motor Traffic Free Environment Trial

    The proposals will trial a motor traffic-free environment that reduces traffic volumes and speeds, supports the existing market and local businesses, and allows more space for social distancing, walking, and cycling. The proposals also include measures at the junction of Queen’s Crescent and Grafton Road to prevent rat running traffic from using Grafton Road and Vicar’s Road and create a safer and quieter environment for residents in that area.

    Camden have announced a consultation trial closures of Queen's Crescent (the market area) and Grafton Road. The resulting reduction in motor traffic will improve cycling conditions massively on Grafton Road in particular and in adjacent streets to a lesser extent. This, in conjunction with this scheme including the closure of Anglers Lane (decision to go ahead) should result in a sizeable LTN in all but name.

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  • 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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  • Consultation on level crossings

    Created by JohnP // 1 thread

    The Office of Road and Rail has put out a Consultation on ‘Principles for managing level crossing safety’. See https://www.orr.gov.uk/sites/default/files/2021-01/consultation-on-principles-for-managing-level-crossing-safety-guidance.pdf

    I became aware of this when checking out the reason why a stupid 'Cyclists Dismount' sign has appears at one of the Queen Adelaide level crossings. Dismounting on this narrow road that has lots of agricultural vehicle and heavy goods vehicles on it is unwise. On the other hand, the angle at which the rail track crosses the road eats up cycle front wheels regularly. But changing the nature of the hazard is not a sensible way forward.

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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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