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:

  • Stag Lane & Roe Green Local Safety Scheme

    Created by Sylvia Gauthereau // 1 thread

    "Over the last 3 years there have been 26 traffic accidents recorded in Stag Lane resulting in 31 casualties. These casualties included 10 vehicle passengers, 9 vehicle drivers, 6 motorcycle riders, 4 cyclists and 2 pedestrians. 

    A 20 mph speed limit on Stag Lane and Roe Green between Mollison Way and Kingsbury Road designed to be self-enforcing through the introduction of traffic calming measures

     Speed cushions on Stag Lane and Roe Green which are narrow enough to allow a wide wheel based vehicle such as fire engine or an ambulance to pass relatively unhindered. A smaller wheel base vehicle such as a car however would need to have at least one set of wheels on some part of the cushion. Speed cushions have proved very effective in helping to reduce vehicle speeds.

     New pedestrian refuge islands on Stag Lane, by Carlisle Road and Goldsmith Lane to provide additional safe crossing points for pedestrians.

     Footway widening (kerb build outs) at the junction of Carlisle Road and Tewkesbury Gardens to slow traffic and reduce crossing widths for pedestrians.

     2 variable message speed signs to advise drivers to slow their speed.

     The installation of short sections of double yellow line “At Any Time” waiting restrictions at the Harrod Court vehicle access to the clinic. "

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  • Ealing Road Local Safety Scheme

    Created by Sylvia Gauthereau // 1 thread

    The council proposes the following:

     20mph Speed Limit– A new 20mph speed limit will be introduced on Ealing Road from Wembley High Road to Mount Pleasant. Eight electronic vehicle activated 20mph and speed indicator signs will be installed at regular intervals to advise drivers about the 20mph speed limit and their current speed;

     Traffic Calming Features – Six new raised speed tables will be provided to reduce vehicle speeds and improve crossing facilities for pedestrians;

     New Zebra Crossings – 2 new raised speed tables & zebra crossings and 1 raised existing zebra crossing will replace the existing traffic island and speed cushions. This will provide more opportunities for pedestrians to cross safely between the traffic flows.

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  • Kensal Triangle Area Proposed 20mph zone

    Created by Sylvia Gauthereau // 1 thread

    Brent Council says: "Over the last 3 years (01/03/2015 and 28/02/2018) there have been 9 traffic accidents recorded involving 10 casualties in the mentioned area. One accident was fatal and a total of eight accidents were slight. The casualties involved were as follows; 1 vehicle driver, 1 passenger, 2 cyclists and 6 pedestrians. Speed surveys carried out last year also show that speeding occurs particularly in Wakeman Road and Rainham Road.

    Speaking to your local resident association and ward councillors, we understand that there is a great interest from local community in introducing 20mph speed limits in all the streets within the Kensal Triangle area shown in the plan at the back of the page. We have been told that local residents want their streets to be safer, discourage drivers using the area as a rat run, and make their roads accessible to cyclists and pedestrians.

    As a result of our discussions, we are therefore proposing to introduce a set of measures to encourage slower vehicle speeds and to reduce the number and severity of traffic accidents in the area."

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  • Stow-cum-Quy no cycle path

    Created by Robbie397 // 1 thread

    There is now a nice new fully separated cycle path from the north end of Stow-cum-Quy along Colders Lane and Quy Road, which provides easy access to Anglesey Abbey, Lode, and a useful connection between cycle routes 51 and 11, with onward access to Wicken Fen. This is really great. However, to get onto this path from cycle route 51, just after the Newmarket Road junction with the A14, requires cycling along half a mile of busy, narrow, 30 mph road with no cycleway, and traffic calming (islands) that encourages wreckless overtaking of bicycles. The only safe option is to cycle on a narrow footpath with no signage. 

    Could at least painted cycle lanes be added to the road here, and with a 20 mph speed limit to make the village nicer for cyclists, residents and pedestrians? This could also encourage many more visitors to Anglesey Abbey from Cambridge to go by bike, and to go more regularly, benefiting the National Trust. 

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  • Kensington & Chelsea LIP

    Created by Simon Still // 1 thread

    The Mayor of London published his Transport Strategy (MTS) in March 2018. The aim is for 80 per cent of all trips in London to be made on foot, by cycle or using public transport by 2041 (compared with 63 per cent in 2015).

    Our Third LIP sets out how we plan to implement the MTS locally as well as our other local transport-related priorities. LIPs are statutory documents and all London boroughs must prepare and submit their LIPs to Transport for London (TfL) for Mayor of London approval. See the MTS on the London.gov website.

    There are four main elements of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's LIP:

    • A set of Borough Transport Objectives covering the 2019/20 to 2021/22 three-year LIP period and beyond.
    • The transport challenges and opportunities that we face in the borough.
    • A Delivery Plan of schemes, initiatives and policies covering the period 2019/20 to 2021/22.
    • LIP targets and delivery indicators.
    The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Commonplace survey

    To help shape the themes of our LIP we ran an online map-based ‘Commonplace’ survey during the summer of 2018, inviting people to tell us the kind of transport improvements they would like to see in their local area. See the online map.

    407 people responded to the question ‘What is your biggest concern about getting around on Kensington and Chelsea's streets? Amongst all respondents the top five concerns in descending order were:

    • cycling doesn’t feel safe
    • pollution
    • speed of traffic
    • too much rat-running
    • congestion for cars

    Amongst those who stated that they lived in the borough the top five concerns were:

    • pollution
    • speed of traffic
    • congestion for cars
    • too much rat-running
    • cycling doesn’t feel safe
    Key projects, policies and initiatives proposed in our LIP include:
    • considering pedestrians’ wish for ‘green man’ facilities at busy junctions, which will reduce traffic capacity and increase queues, even if these would not have the traditional road casualty based justification
    • consulting on introducing pilot 20 mph limits in some streets and areas
    • examining TfL's proposals to improve conditions for walking and cycling along the Holland Park Avenue/Notting Hill Gate/Bayswater Road corridor
    • introducing one or more ‘floating’ car clubs, which allow customers to make one-way trips, paying by the minute, without having to return the car to a dedicated bay
    • reviewing the case for taking on powers to enforce moving traffic offences, such as yellow box junctions and banned turns, to make sure road users observe traffic restrictions
    • a trial of part-time ‘school streets’ in which motor vehicle access is limited at school drop-off and pick-up times to encourage children to walk to school and improve safety
    • considering opportunities to introduce restrictions to move traffic away from residential roads in some circumstances
    • working with TfL to find sites for rapid electric vehicle chargers
    Send us your comments on our Draft LIP

    We welcome your views on our draft LIP and the Environmental Report. If you have any comments please complete the survey online or Alternatively  you can email them to lip3@rbkc.gov.uk or send them by post to:

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  • Consultation: Prince of Wales Road/ Kentish Town Road and Anglers Lane

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Camden is consulting on changes that originate from a desire to remove through motor traffic from Anglers Lane.

    This rat-running motor traffic comes from the west via Prince of Wales Road (PoW) and is headed north up Kentish Town Road (KTR). Camden says that this traffic should remain on Prince of Wales Road and use a newly instated left turn into Kentish Town Road.

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  • Girton to Oakington cycle path

    Created by Philip Garsed // 1 thread

    Cambridgeshire County Council have a project to upgrade the existing Girton-Oakington cycle path. The upgrade is planned between the northern end of Manor Farm Road in Girton and Mansell Farm in Oakington (start of 30 mph limit), between which the majority of the route will be widened to ~3 m. There are no real proposals to improve the junction with New Road.

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  • S/4329/18/OL Wellcome Genome Campus expansion

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Large project just north of the junction of the A1301 and A11. Will introduce cycling connections to Whittlesford Parkway & more.

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    Outline planning permission with all matters reserved for a phased, mixed use development comprised of up to 150,000 square metres of Gross External Area (GEA) of flexible employment uses including research and development, office and workspace and associated uses falling within Use Classes B1 (office, laboratories, light industry), B2 (general industrial) and B8 (Storage) uses; up to 1,500 residential dwellings (Use Class C3); supporting community uses and social infrastructure including a nursery (Use Classes D1); conference facility (Use Class D1) and associated hotel (Use Class C1); retail uses including shops (Use Class A1), restaurants and cafes (Use Class A3) and bars (Use Class A4); leisure uses (Use Class D2); landscape and public realm, including areas for sustainable urban drainage and biodiversity enhancements; energy centre and utilities; site access (vehicular, cyclist and pedestrian), car and cycle parking and highways improvements; early landscape and enabling works; and associated works. (This application is subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment)

     

    Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Cambridge Road, Hinxton, Saffron Walden, Cambridgeshire, CB10 1RQ

     

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  • 18/1887/FUL side of 57 Peveral Road - new detached 3-BR dwelling

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    cycle parking is a vague 'bike storage' area handwaved in the rear garden somewhere

    the plot is oddly shaped like a triangle, and it's completely unclear how the rear garden could be accessed at all.

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    Erection of a detached 3-bed dwelling to the side of 57 Peverel Road. 57 Peverel Road Cambridge CB5 8RN https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PJ472YDXI2300 Cambridge Application reference : 18/1887/FUL

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  • Improvements to the Bricklayers Arms Roundabout, New Kent Road and Old Kent Road

    Created by Sean Howes // 2 threads

    Overview

    We are seeking your views to make improvements to the Bricklayers Arms roundabout, New Kent Road and Old Kent Road.

     

    In line with the Mayor’s Healthy Streets approach to make streets healthier, safer and more welcoming we will be realigning the roundabout to create a bus lane on the roundabout slip road which can be used by both buses and cyclists.  This will aim to make the road more attractive to cyclists and improve journey times for bus services, reducing the reliance on private cars. Our proposals include:       

     

    Removing existing islands on Old Kent Road and the roundabout, and modifying the road layout to direct general traffic away from the slip road and onto the roundabout

    Creating new traffic islands on the Old Kent Road, New Kent Road and the roundabout to separate the slip road from the roundabout

    Creating a bus gate for buses, taxis, cycles and motorcycles to use the cut through in the traffic island to access the new segregated bus lane on the slip road

     

    Changing the westbound bus lane on New Kent Road to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

     

    Changing the northbound bus lane on Old Kent Road to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

     

    Red line markings to change from single to double red lines on Old Kent Road and New Kent Road

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  • Leeds New Station Street Improvement Works

    Created by M Stanley // 1 thread

    Improvements to the pedestrian environment at the front of Leeds Station.

    Slightly annoying that this has not come to the Cycle Forum subgroups so this is the first I have seen of it.

    It seems to me more could be done to improve connectivity with cyclepoint. 

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  • 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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  • Jubilee Quietway (Harrow)+

    Created by Anoop // 1 thread

    Harrow council originally proposed a segregated cycle route along Honeypot Lane / Marsh Lane, as part of the 2013 mini-Holland bid, but it was not funded. They are currently trying to build  a cycle route along the Jubilee line using LIP funding. This route does not follow the direct main roads, but uses mostly minor roads, with some sections of shared footway along main roads. 

    The original consultation is for the scheme shown on the map above, but a more direct route using a short section of Honeypot Lane is also going being worked up.

    Scheme description (From Harrow council consultation leaflet):

    Stanmore Station / London Road

    1.New shared use footway and Toucan Crossing. The existing footway outside Stanmore Station will be widened to incorporate a shared use footway (which allows both pedestrians and cyclists to use the footway) to start the westbound cycle route on London Road through to the junction with Merrion Avenue. This will improve cycle access to Stanmore Station, a key interchange along this route. Measures such as signage and tactile paving would be used to indicate the shared use footway.

    Merrion Avenue

    2.Raised table to provide level access to cyclists and pedestrians on Merrion Avenue at its junction with London Road. This will provide continuity to the cycle route, assist in slowing down traffic accessing Merrion Avenue and improve cycle and pedestrian safety at the junction.

    Whitchurch Lane

    3. New Parallel Pedestrian and Cyclist Crossing with shared use on adjacent footways, which would allow them to safely cross Whitchurch Lane. Measures such as signage and tactile paving would be used to indicate the shared use footway.

    4. Shared use footway on south side of Whitchurch Avenue between the parallel crossing and the pedestrian crossing on 

    Honeypot Lane

    This will require some widening into the adjacent green area of Stanmore Marsh to the south. Measures such as signage and tactile paving would be used to indicate the shared use footway.

    Bromefield

    5. New traffic island and shared use footway to provide protection for right turning cyclists south of the junction with Wemborough Road. Measures such as signage and tactile paving would be used to indicate the shared use footway.

    Honeypot Lane

    6. Shared use footway on east side of Honeypot Lane between the pedestrian crossing at Broadcroft Avenue and Collins Avenue. The existing turning head south of Dalston Gardens will be raised to footway level to accommodate the shared use footway. A vehicle crossover will be provided, in the location of the turning head, to aid turning vehicles. Measures such as signage and tactile paving would be used to indicate the shared use footway.

    Aldridge Avenue

    7. Raised table to provide level access to cyclists and pedestrians on Aldridge Avenue This will provide continuity to the cycle route, assist in slowing down traffic accessing Aldridge Avenue and improve cycle and pedestrian safety at the junction.

    Camrose Avenue

    8. New Parallel Crossing with adjacent shared-use footway on Camrose Avenue west of Turner Road for pedestrians and cyclists to allow them to safely cross Camrose Avenue.

    9. Shared use footway on Camrose Avenue between Collins Road and Turner Road. Measures such as signage and tactile paving would be used to indicate the shared use footway.

    Turner Road

    10. Shared use footway on Turner Road between Camrose Avenue and the borough boundary (near Queensbury Station). This will require some footway widening into the carriageway. Measures such as signage and tactile paving would be used to indicate the shared use footway. Along with the above measures, we are proposing to provide cycle road markings and traffic signs for cyclists, pedestrians and motorised traffic at various locations along the route. These signs and road markings are necessary to inform all road users of the presence of the cyclists on the road and the cycle route.

    Honeypot Lane, Wigton Gardens, Aldridge Avenue

    With the amount of funding made available next financial year, we anticipate to carry out further investigation on providing a more direct cycle route through Honeypot Lane – Wigton Gardens – Aldridge Avenue. A separate public consultation will be carried out on proposed measures along these roads.

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  • Cycle path though Clay Farm Community Garden

    Created by Dave Fox // 1 thread

    There is to be a new cycle path running W-E through the developing community garden in the Clay Farm development in Cambridge's southern fringe. It follows the line of a gas main (purple line on the plan).

    The garden is already split by Hobson Avenue running N-S. The cycle route crosses that road and there are four 15metre wide gaps in the hedge where the cycle route enters/exits the garden.

    The cycle path will probably have a chicane design at each end to slow cyclists at junction points. Here are some questions about the cycle path:

    * How can the design ensure safety at the Hobson Road crossing?
    * What should the four entrances/exits be like?
    * What garden features should there be along the cycle path’s route?
    * Should there be lighting?
    * What other questions occur to you about the cycle path, and what answers can you offer?

    This is part of a consultation intended for local residents, however I hope that someone here might be able to comment especially on the safety of the junctions where the cycle route crosses Hobson Avenue.

    (The cycle route also crosses the busway at the Foster Road stop, though I guess that bit is beyond the scope of the community garden's consultation.)

    Feel free to ask me here for clarifications, and please comment at the community garden's page below.

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  • 18/1876/FUL 44 St Andrew St - Hobson House - refurb into hotel & retail

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    D&A p113 (section: Accessibility): 'Cycle storage has been minimised on the site to reflect the hotel’s use and proximity to the City Centre. We therefore show 16 spaces in alignment with the Transport Assessment.'

    Room with '16' cycles (unspecified arrangement) accessed from Downing Place.

    5 Sheffield stands shown in front on the pavement.

    Planning Statement:
    6.40 Downing Street will provide cycle access to 16 cycle spaces provided for staff within the site. These would be inside the building, so covered and secure, with lockers. The provision of 16 spaces is based in the cycle parking standards in the Local Plan requiring 2 space for every 5 members of staff. In this stance, with 18 staff this would require 7 cycle spaces. The additional provision will allow for flexibility to accommodate any additional
    demand.

    6.42 Guests travelling to the site by cycle may use the dockless cycle hire schemes now available in Cambridge, including Ofo and Mobike. These schemes do not require dedicated cycle parking spaces, and could be attractive to guests arriving at Cambridge Station without heavy luggage to then cycle the 1.4km (or 0.85 miles) to the site.

    Didn't see much discussion about safety of the drop-off/pick-up area in front except that it 'would not block the carriageway'.

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    Change of use and refurbishment of the existing Grade II listed office building (use Class B1(a) Offices to a 57 bed boutique hotel (Use Class C1) and cafe/tea room (use Class A3), in include replacement of glazed screen on the St Andrew's street facade, upgrading thermal character of the glazed roof over drill hall to create a central atrium, removal of existing northern wing to create two floors above, second floor extension to the existing southern wing; together with partial demolition and replacement new-building at the rear and associated works.

    Cambridge City Council Hobson House 42 - 44 St Andrews Street Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB2 3AS

    https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PIYN5ZDXHZK00

    Cambridge

    Application reference : 18/1876/FUL

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  • 18/1862/FUL Regent St / Gonville Pl - Lloyds House - refurbish as offices

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Plans to increase cycle parking provision from 6 to 62 as part of works to refurbish.

    Outer 'courtyard' facing Gonville Place will be enclosed by a fence creating an area with 20 Sheffield stands.

    The remaining spaces will be provided by double-stackers next to the car park in the interior courtyard.

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    Change of use from mixed A2/B1 use to B1 offices, and external works including alterations to elevations and erection of boundary treatment.

    Lloyds TSB Lloyds House 95 - 97 Regent Street Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB2 1BQ

    https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PIUXQXDXHXP00

    Cambridge

    Application reference : 18/1862/FUL

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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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  • Steps in kerb on new Arbury Road cycle paths

    Created by Rick // 1 thread

    The new cycle lanes on Arbury Road are great but I'm worried the asphalt height hasn't been done to a tight enough tolerance. In places the step from the road up the kerb to the cycle path is quite large, so I'm reluctant to move over from the road to the cycle lane until I reach a flat part.

    I may be being over-cautious but I've had bad experiences in the past with falling off and bucked wheels from riding up kerbs at too shallow an angle, and I'm reluctant to experiment too hard!

    Does anyone know what the tolerance is meant to be, and whether it has been met here?

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