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:

  • Queen's Crescent Motor Traffic Free Environment Trial

    Created by George Coulouris // 1 thread

    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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  • Consultation: Suffolk Design: Streets Guide

    Created by Shaun McDonald // 1 thread

    https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/planning-waste-and-environment/planning-and-development-advice/suffolk-design-streets-guide/

    Suffolk Design: Streets Guide

    Our consultation is for a new Streets Guide, which will assist designing streets for new residential developments especially by promoting walking and cycling.

    You are invited to comment on the Suffolk Design: Streets Guide by completing the survey.

    The consultation will run from 16 December 2020 until 5pm 10 February 2021.

    What we are consulting on

    This emerging guidance will assist with the design of new residential developments showing how best to create sustainable transport layouts that promote walking and cycling

    The District, Borough and County Councils of Suffolk have been working to improve the design new development through the Suffolk Design initiative. As part of this programme, the County Council commissioned Stantec to produce a new Street Guide to update guidance for residential streets.

    Attached is a draft of the emerging Street Design Guide and you are invited to shape the final version of the document.

    Download the consultation document:

    Suffolk Design: Streets Guide (PDF, 5MB).

    Next Steps

    Following an eight week public consultation on Suffolk Design: Streets Guide, a report of the consultation will be published when the Streets Guide is presented to Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet.

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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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  • A16 Norwood Improvements - development of 80-hectare site

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

    The Peterborough Local Plan identifies the required delivery of 19,440 new homes and 17,600 new jobs by 2036.

    The 80-hectare Norwood site will provide 2,000 dwellings, a local centre and primary school. Delivery of the development has been sl=plit into two phases. The first phase includes up to 870 dwellings and auxiliary uses, including a primary school and local centre, and will initially be accessed via Newborough Road. The second phase will complete the build. 

    Development of 945 dewellings, a local centre, a primary school and a secondary school has already begun at the Paston Reserve (adjacent to the Norwood site).

    The project requires improvements along the A16 corridor including a new access roundabout with the A16 and a new junction with Newborough Road. The plan is to connect the two points of access with an internal road. 

    Highways England have agreed in principle to the proposed interventions.  

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  • 20/04705/FUL: demolish & remodel of building, Cherry Hinton Rd

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

    20/04705/FUL: Removal of Building E (Use Class B8). Extensions and alterations to existing buildings A - D (Use Class E) including first floor extension above existing frontage building, reinstatement of brick chimney, hard and soft landscaping works and associated works and infrastructure.

    149 Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge, CB1 7BY

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  • Middlewick

    Created by Steven Moseley // 0 threads

    The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is investing in new military firing range capabilities for Colchester Garrison which will release Middlewick Ranges for disposal. This presents an opportunity for the site to contribute towards Colchester’s need for new housing, and the land has been identified in the draft Colchester Local Plan as being suitable for up to 1,000 new homes and supporting local infrastructure.

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  • South West Cambridgeshire new town development

    Created by John Seton // 1 thread

    A new town development of 25000 houses has been proposed on land that is roughly encircled by Barrington, Foxton, Shepreth, Meldreth, Bassingbourn, Whaddon, Wimpole and Orwell.  This number of new houses and associated infrastructure is about half the size of Cambridge, so it would impact all these parishes, and existing cycling commuting and leisure routes in the area.  Plans are a a very early stage, but the concept has so far caused concern at district and parish levels.  A South West Cambridgeshire Action Group has been set up with representation from each of the parishes in the footprint.  A first meeting has been held.  The development promises a zero carbon footprint and green transport links.

    Early days for detailed cycle campaigning input, so this is a placeholder to start discussions.

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  • South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP)

    Created by Steven Moseley // 0 threads

    Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) were set up by Government in 2011 to identify and support local strategic growth priorities, encourage business investment and promote economic development. This approach puts businesses in the driving seat and empowers the private sector to determine its own priorities.

    The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) is a genuine partnership for growth between business, government and education. We put the role of enterprise – as the driving motor of the economy – at the heart of everything we do; and we work in partnership with central government and its key agencies to pursue and attract major investment into the South East to deliver significant economic growth.

    One of 38 LEPs established by the government, our role is to forge a partnership which properly understands the economic challenges and opportunities of our area, encourage an environment which delivers prosperity and to be directly accountable to local people and local businesses. LEPs decide what the priorities should be for investment in roads, buildings, and facilities in the area as part of an integrated approach to growth and infrastructure delivery.

    We represent the largest LEP area in England outside London, in terms of population and economic output, and cover an area encompassing the local authority areas of East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.

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  • Transport East, Sub-National Transport Body

    Created by Steven Moseley // 1 thread

    In March 2018 Transport East was launched, as a new Sub-National Transport Body to deliver a collective vision for the future of transport in Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock.

    As a partnership, we bring together the local transport and planning authorities, and business leaders with Network Rail and Highways England. We enable the region to speak with one voice on the transport investment needed to drive transformational growth and improve the quality of life for all that live and work in the region.

    Why do we need Transport East?

    As one of seven Sub-national Transport Bodies covering England, Transport East will develop a Transport Strategy and Delivery Plan for the region which ensures that transport fully supports its members shared ambitions for economic growth, quality of life and prosperity.

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  • 71-73 Fen Road

    Created by Chris Howell // 1 thread

    The City Council through Cambridge Investment Partnership are running a consultation (pre-planning application) for their proposed redevelopment of 71-73 Fen Road, including improved cycle access to the 'Five Trees' open space. This potentially supports an improved new cycle route from Green End Road/Cam Causeway to the Chisholm Trail on Fen Road.

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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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