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:

  • Barnet Cycleway between Hornsey and North Finchley

    Created by Simon Munk // 1 thread

    Barnet council says...

    Overview

    You and others in your area have a unique opportunity to benefit from Transport for London (TfL) funding to improve walking and cycling routes between Hornsey and North Finchley.

    We want to hear your views on our proposals that will transform streets in the borough. The improvements will help provide a future Cycleway between Alexandra Park in The London Borough of Haringey, through quiet streets and over the North Circular into The London Borough of Barnet; ending at North Finchley High Road A1000 amongst a busy parade of shops and cafes.

    Background

    The proposals are an important part of the Mayor of London Transport Strategy and Barnet’s ambition to get more people to walk and cycle. The proposals are guided by the Healthy Streets Approach(External link) which aims to encourage walking, cycling and public transport and make London greener, healthier and more pleasant.

    We have commissioned Sustrans Ltd(External link) as project coordinator and delivery partner for the Barnet section of the Cycleway route from Hornsey to North Finchley.

    Over the last two years Sustrans, in partnership with the council, engaged with residents in specific areas along the route to better understand local travel choices and concerns, road traffic and the quality of local streets.

    The proposals we are consulting on aim to address these issues, ensuring that improvements help to create an environment in which traffic is both reduced and slowed, and in which air quality is improved.

    What are we seeking your views on?

    This consultation is asking for your views on the draft concept designs for the route.

    Specifically, we are seeking your views on:

    • the layout of proposed street alterations within the draft concept designs
    • any comments you may have on the overall draft route.

    For more information on our proposals please read our FAQ document.

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  • 19/0819/OUT 51-55 Elizabeth Way - 9 flats

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=PSZRD0DXMKP00

    19/0819/OUT | Demolition of 51-55 Elizabeth Way and construction of a new two & a half storey block of flats comprising nine apartments, associated amenity space and cycle parking provision (outline application -layout, scale and access not reserved) | 51 - 55 Elizabeth Way Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB4 1DB

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  • Cockfosters station major development

    Created by JonC // 1 thread

    NO MENTION OF IMPROVED BUS, PEDESTRIAN OR CYCLE ACCESS.

    TfL and Grainger plc are working in partnership to prepare plans for a residential development at the Cockfosters station car park site.

    - Utilise brownfield, public sector land to help deliver around 400 new private and affordable homes for rent;
    - Preserve and enhance the setting of the Grade II listed London Underground station;
    - Through quality design, create a positive relationship between any new development and Trent Park Conservation Area and
    Grade II listed park and gardens which form part of the Greenbelt;
    - To create new public and private spaces and improve the access point to the London Loop trail and Trent Park;
    - To encourage a shift to more sustainable modes of public transport and reduce the need to travel by car in the local area; and
    - To deliver a car-free development, with the exception of disabled car parking for both station users and new residents.

    An initial public event was held on 18th June. A detailed public exhibition is due autumn 2019 followed by a detailed planning application.

    Feedback can be provide via the following link.

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  • Cycle insurance

    Created by Stephen B // 1 thread

    I would be interested to know what other cyclists feel about the latest news that a cyclist has been successfully sued, by a pedestrian, who stepped into the road engrossed in her mobile phone and hit by the aforementioned man who tried to avoid her. Both parties injured but not seriously.He is facing £100000 compensation and legal costs and apparently this will ruin him financially. Importantly this has created a legal precedent which must affect us all.

    There is a crowd funding initiative to help him.

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  • Safer Junctions - Kingsland Road and Balls Pond Road

    TfL says:

    Overview

    We are proposing to make some changes to the junction between A10 Kingsland Road and Balls Pond Road, also known as Dalston Junction in Hackney.  

    Background

    Our Safer Junctions programme is reducing road danger at some of the most hazardous junctions in London. These junctions have high collision rates for vulnerable road users, including people walking and cycling. This programme directly contributes to our Vision Zero target to stop people from dying and being seriously injured on London’s road network by 2041.

    The objectives of the programme are to:

    • Reduce road danger and help eliminate Killed and Seriously Injured (KSI) collisions
    • Help create streets where people feel safe to walk, cycle and use public transport
    • Make hostile junctions more welcoming and less dominated by motor vehicles, demonstrating the Healthy Streets Approach

    Why we are proposing to change the junction?

    In the three years up to 31 October 2016, 16 collisions occurred which resulted in people being injured. Five of these collisions involved pedestrians (three on the southern arm, one on the western arm and one on the northern arm). Historic trends also highlight a significant risk for cyclists, although this was not captured as a trend within the 2016/17 study period.

    Changing the layout of this junction would:

    • Reduce road danger by providing more space and priority to people walking or cycling
    • Restrict some vehicle movements to reduce conflict with other road users
    • Make journeys by foot to and from Dalston Junction easier with wider and more direct pedestrian crossings, encouraging more journeys by walking, cycling or public transport
    • Create a more welcoming retail and leisure environment, encouraging people to spend more time in the area

    What are we proposing?

    The proposals are to upgrade the existing junction in a number of ways:

    • Widening the footway to the north, east and western arms to improve the space for people walking
    • Installing coloured surfacing on all pedestrian crossing points to make it easier and safer to cross
    • A new cycle feeder lane into the Advanced Stop Line southbound on A10 Kingsland High Street
    • Banning the left turn eastbound from A10 Kingsland High Street into Dalston Lane for all vehicles except cycles
    • Raising the pedestrian crossing on Dalston Lane at the top of Dalston Square to slow speeds making it easier and safer for people to cross
    • Closing Kingsland Passage to motor vehicles and installing of new seating for places to stop and rest

    A plan showing all the proposed changes is below. These changes are intended to make the junction safer for all users, while significantly improving the environment for people walking and cycling, improving access to Dalston Junction Overground station.

    Kingsland Road/Balls Pond Road proposals (PDF 704KB)

    Healthy Streets  

    The changes proposed in this scheme are part of our commitment to deliver the Healthy Streets Approach. We are taking this approach to create a vibrant, successful city where the streets are welcoming to all and everyone can live active, healthy lives. The streets within this scheme and the proposed changes have been assessed by our designers against ten Healthy Streets Indicatorsusing our Healthy Streets Check for Designers tool. This tool assesses the layout of streets against thirty one measures which produce an overall Healthy Streets Check score out of 100. We use infographics to show the current score for the streets within this scheme and potential scores based on our proposed changes. The Healthy Streets results can be seen in the diagram below.

    Kingsland Road/Balls Pond Road Healthy Streets results (PDF 132KB)

    Equality Impact Assessment

    We are subject to the general public sector equality duty set out in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, which requires us to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations by reference to people with protected characteristics. The protected characteristics are: age, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

    In considering changes to the design of our streets, we closely consider the needs of all users throughout the design process and complete a draft Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA). The draft EqIA can be found below.

    Kingsland Road/Balls Pond Road Equality Impact Assessment (PDF 162KB)

    Traffic impacts

    We have carried out analysis to understand the impact of the above proposals.  We predict no significant impacts to general traffic or bus journey times on the A10, Dalston Lane or Balls Pond Road. No significant impact on journey times for general traffic or buses travelling along the A10. 

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  • Finsbury Park to Highbury Fields Cycleway (QW10)

    We are now consulting on the Finsbury Park to Highbury Fields part of a future Cycleway between Farringdon and Palmers Green which has been developed in partnership with Transport for London. This new Cycleway route has been chosen because it is already very popular with cyclists and the numbers of people using this route are likely to increase.

    Our scheme would create a greener, more pleasant space for local people and a convenient, safer and more direct cycle route for cyclists of all abilities. The proposals have been designed to improve safety and comfort for cyclists and pedestrians by reducing conflict with motorised traffic.
    The improvements include fully protected cycle tracks, greening measures, widened footways, safer junctions, pedestrian crossing points and new signs/ road markings. All of these are designed to make cycling and walking easier, safer and more enjoyable.

    This route would link to other Cycleways in the London cycling network, including a complimentary signed route to the recent improvements at Highbury Corner, and make it easier for local people of all ages to cycle and walk to local facilities such as leisure centres and shops.

    The wider cycle lanes will allow people with adapted cycles such as cargo bikes or cycles for disabled people to use the route more easily and make it safer for all vulnerable road users in line with the Vision Zero agenda, which aims to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries from our roads.
    What are Cycleways?

    Cycleways are continuous, clearly signed and convenient cycle routes which bring together all of the high-quality routes into a single London-wide network that is easy for everyone to understand and use.

    ProposalsDetailed maps are available at the bottom of the page.
    1. Blackstock Road/ Ambler Road Junction: Traffic lights would be introduced at the junction with new pedestrian crossings, providing early release for cyclists and cycle boxes on all arms. This design will significantly improve conditions for pedestrian and cyclists crossing Blackstock Road and allow cyclists to continue on the Cycleway route towards Finsbury Park. This proposal will involve the removal of a parking space on Somerfield Road and the Electric Vehicle charging point along Ambler Road would need to be relocated. The section towards Finsbury Park will be consulted on separately by Hackney Council. (see map section 1)

    2. Gillespie Road/ Avenell Road Junction: Priority at the junction would be reversed so that vehicles on Gillespie Road would give-way to vehicles on Avenell Road. This design would also raise the carriageway to footway level which would make it easier for crossing pedestrians and cyclists using the Cycleway to turn into Gillespie Road. (see map section 2)

    3. Gillespie Road Trial Arrangement: The ongoing trial point no-entry preventing traffic travelling westbound on Gillespie Road past the junction with St Thomas’s Road, is not being formally consulted on as part of the Cycleway proposals but we welcome feedback. (see map section 5)

    4. Drayton Park/ Aubert Park Junction: The existing mini-roundabout at the junction would be removed and changed to a priority (give-way) junction. The carriageway will be raised to footway level with pedestrian crossing points on all sides of the junction. This will raise awareness of the new Cycleway route and also make it easier for pedestrians to cross the road. The junction would prioritise movements on Drayton Park and traffic along Aubert Park would give-way. (see map section 3)

    5. Martineau Road – Aubert Park: Fully protected cycle facility at least 2.2m would be provided for northbound cycles between Martineau Road and Aubert Park. The proposal allows for southbound cyclists to mix comfortably with general traffic by adopting a position in the centre of the traffic lane, making them more visible to other traffic. The proposed design will maintain the existing number of parking spaces, however some parking bays would be relocated elsewhere between Martineau Road and Aubert Park to make room for improved cycle facilities. For the purposes of consultation, two design options for protecting cyclists are being considered, which we would like you to comment on. Examples are given below to illustrate the different design options. (see map section 3)

    • Kerb protected cycle tracks: the cycle track would be at the same level as the carriageway with a kerb installed to separate vehicles and cyclists. See below example from Cycle Superhighway 2 between Stratford and Aldgate.

    • Stepped cycle tracks: The cycleway would be installed halfway between the carriageway and footway. See below example from Midland Road in LB Camden.

    6. Benwell Road – Martineau Road: Fully protected cycle facilities would be introduced in both directions on this section of Drayton Park. The cycle tracks would be at least 2m wide in each direction and will also include a small strip that will physically protect cyclists from parked vehicles. The proposed design will maintain the existing number of parking spaces and access arrangements along Drayton Park. Existing zebra crossings will be raised to footway level improving pedestrian accessibility and safety. (see map section 3,4)

    7. Benwell Road/ Drayton Park Junction: The existing junction would be converted to a ‘continental-style’ roundabout which would include protected cycle facilities throughout the junction and new cycle crossings on all arms of the junction. The design will also significantly improve conditions for pedestrians by introducing new zebra crossings on all arms, raised surface and widened footways reducing crossing distances. (see map section 5)

    8. Highbury Crescent Signed Route: A complimentary signed route is proposed to connect up to the recent improvements at Highbury Corner. (see map section 6)

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  • High Barnet Station Development

    Created by JonC // 2 threads

    A major housing development of 450 new homes is proposed around High Barnet Station, east of Barnet Hill. It includes a Cycle Hub, but no details on safe space of cycling to the station. It means removal of a large number of trees to build high-rise blocks.

    "Our proposals aim to deliver new, enhanced public space and much needed homes around High Barnet station and to improve the interchange between different modes of transport.

    Our vision is to improve the connections between Chipping Barnet and Underhill, support local businesses in the town centre, deliver tangible benefits for the local community and provide new green spaces throughout the site.

    We will do this whilst keeping the station open."

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  • TfL Safer Junctions - East India Dock Rd, Canton St and Birchfield St

    Why we are consulting

    We have identified a number of safety related issues with the current junction arrangement. Eleven personal injury collisions occurred in the three years up to 31 Jan 2018, of which two resulted in serious injuries for a pedestrian and a cyclist.

    A number of issues have been identified with the current junction layout:  

    • Poor pedestrian crossing positioning. The formal crossing point over East India Dock Road between Canton Street and Birchfield Street is not located on the route used by the majority of pedestrians , which may encourage people walking to cross in an unsafe place
    • Pedestrian guardrail restricts pedestrian and cyclist movement.Extensive use of guard rails around the junction restricts visibility, pedestrian movement and poses a hazard to cyclists and motorcyclists
    • Difficult for motorists to turn left into Canton Street. Drivers turning left into Canton Street must do so at the last moment due to the length of the bus lane on the approach
    • Difficult for road users to turn right into Birchfield Street. Drivers turning right into Birchfield Street may fail to notice eastbound buses, cyclists and taxis

    Our proposals  

    We would like your views on the following proposals which aim to reduce these issues.  

    • Help people walking and cycling across the junction by changing the existing staggered crossing to a wide straight across crossing with a countdown facility, shared by pedestrians and cyclists 
    • No entry or exit for general traffic, except for cyclists, between Birchfield Street and East India Dock Road, reallocating space to pedestrians and cyclists and preventing rat-running, access to Birchfield Street would be from West India Dock Road
    • Canton Street would become entry only from East India Dock Road, except for cyclists reallocating space for people walking and cycling and preventing rat-running
    • Bus lane markings will be altered to make it easier for road users to turn left onto Canton Street when travelling eastbound from East India Dock Road and create a continuous bus lane for bus passengers travelling westbound on East India Dock Road

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  • 11/0161/NMA1 Hobson's Brook cycleway - add link to Addenbrooke's Road

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Non-material amendment on application 11/0161/REM for re-alignment of short section of approved strategic cycleway to provide a link between the existing shared surface road east of the Bovis housing parcel and the cycle path adjacent to Addenbrooke's Road.

    Land West Of Hobson's Brook Adjacent To Royal Showground, And Land South Of The Addenbrooke's Access Road. Land Between Long Road And Shelford Road (Clay Farm/Showground Site), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Cambridge Cambridgeshire

    Cambridge

    Application reference : 11/0161/NMA1

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  • TfL Safer Junctions - Edgware Road and Harrow Road consultation

    Shortened description from TfL webpage https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/edgware-road-junction/:

    "We would like to know your views on proposals for the junction of Edgware Road and Harrow Road in the Paddington/Marylebone area.

    Background

    Our Safer Junctions programme is reducing road danger at some of the most hazardous junctions in London. These junctions have high collision rates for vulnerable road users, including people walking and cycling. This programme directly contributes to our Vision Zero target to stop people from dying and being seriously injured on London’s road network by 2041.

    The objectives of the Safer Junction programme are to:

    - Reduce road danger and help eliminate Killed and Seriously Injured (KSI) collisions
    - Help create streets where people feel safe to walk, cycle and use public transport
    - Make hostile junctions more welcoming and less dominated by motor vehicles, demonstrating the Healthy Streets Approach

    Why we are consulting

    In the last three years there were 29 personal injury collisions, of which five resulted in serious injuries (17.2%).

    A number of issues have been identified with the current junction layout:

    - Pedestrians not using designated crossing points
    - Existing pedestrian islands are narrow
    - There is a lack of cycle facilities, especially southbound where the road layout is not cycle friendly

    Our proposals

    We would like your views on the following proposals which aim to reduce the above issues.

    Applies to the whole junction

    - Introduce a 20mph speed limit across the junction
    - Widen all pedestrian crossings to make for a more comfortable and safer crossing

    North of the flyover

    - Ban left turn from Harrow Road into Edgware Road northbound
    - Build out northwest corner to remove slip road and provide a better pedestrian environment
    - Convert staggered crossing to straight across crossing to create better and safer routes to and from Edgware Road Bakerloo line station
    - Make Bell Street no exit onto Edgware Road
    - Change current three lane road layout to two traffic lanes and a cycle lane through the junction
    - Widen southbound bus lane to 4.5m as it passes the bus stop
    - Install cyclist early start signal on southbound Edgware Road

    South of the flyover

    - Convert the short section of Edgware Road northbound bus lane beneath the flyover, into cycle lane
    - Install a cyclist early start signal at the junction heading northbound on Edgware Road
    - On Harrow Road westbound reduce the road width to two lanes by building out the footway on the southwest corner, to provide a better pedestrian environment
    - Reduce the width of the westbound slip road from Marylebone Road to one 4.5m lane by building out the footway on the southeast corner of the junction to provide better pedestrian environment
    - Remove the guardrail and narrow the pedestrian island of the pedestrian crossing to the south of the flyover to allow for an 8.0m width on the southbound Edgware Road to prevent traffic merging with cyclists

    Additional proposals for the area around the junction

    These proposals are not part of the Safer Junction improvements. However, opportunities have been identified to improve air quality and priority space for buses in the area and we would like to know your views on these additional proposals.

    Improving the road layout for northbound buses

    Just north of the Edgware Road/Harrow Road Junction the road narrows and creates a bottleneck for traffic.

    Changing the footpath layout here allows for the bus lane to be extended north of Newcastle Place, removing the bottleneck for northbound buses."

    Westminster Cycling Campaign will be preparing and submitting a response to this consultation, and we will be grateful for any comments you provide. TfL usually describes responses in quantitative terms, e.g. 'XX% of reponses supported or strongly supported the proposals', so we therefore encourage you to submit your own response too.

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  • Safer Junctions - Kennington Park Road/Braganza Street

    Tragically, there was a fatal accident involving a motorcyclist who was in a collision with a vehicle turning right from Kennington Park Road into Braganza Street in 2015. Similar collisions have also been recorded at this junction.  We are proposing improvements to the junction for vulnerable road users in  response to the Coroner’s recommendations and to improve the overall safety of the junction for road users.  

    Our plan is to modify the junction to create a ‘right turn only phase’ for traffic turning from Kennington Park Road into Braganza Street. This will remove the conflict between drivers turning right and vehicles progressing straight on southbound through the junction. Our full proposals include:  

    • A separately controlled right turn from Kennington Park Road into Braganza Street. Drivers turning right will be held at a red signal while southbound traffic moves, completely removing the potential for right turn conflict
    • Creating a northbound segregated cycle by-pass of the junction
    • Shortening the loading bay on the north-east side of the junction to allow for the cycle by-pass, while leaving space for deliveries to local shops and businesses to continue
    • Providing an earlier green signal for cyclists using the junction. This will allow cyclists to be clear of the junction before other vehicles move, reducing conflict
    • Reallocate northbound traffic lanes with designated lane markings for ahead and right turning movements. This will allow free flow of northbound traffic without having to wait for right turning vehicles to clear the junction
    • Introducing a banned left turn into Braganza Street, except for cyclists, removing the risk of conflict between left turning drivers and cyclists and motorcyclists moving stratight ahead
    • Extending the southbound bus lane to the junction
      • Removing a short stretch of northbound bus lane to allow for the new road layout

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  • Safer Junctions - Clapham Road and Union Road and Clapham Road and Stirling Road

    Created by Simon Still // 1 thread

    In the last three years, there were 23 collisions at this junction, 18 of which were people cycling. (Data available up to 30 September 2018).  

    A number of issues have been identified with the current junction layout:  

    • Difficult for road users to turn right from A3 Clapham Road into Union Road. People making this turn are allowed to proceed at the same time as the A3 northbound traffic is moving, leading to right-turning drivers seeking short gaps in the traffic and turning impatiently or without enough care.  People cycling northbound nearer the kerb may be hidden by other vehicles, increasing the risk of them being struck.
    • Northbound cyclists vulnerable to left-turning traffic. There are a lot of cyclists heading north into central London in the morning peak. Drivers turning left into Union Road have to cross this flow of cyclists.
    • Advanced stop lines (ASL) for cyclists at the junction are too small. The number of cyclists using the junction at peak times means the ASL boxes can not safely protect everyone cycling, particularly people cycling northbound along Clapham Road in the morning peak.
    • Poor junction alignment with Stirling Road. Many vehicles turn right from Stirling Road onto the A3 and then turn left into Union Road, cutting across two lanes of traffic including cyclists. 

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  • New Police Station, Milton

    Tom McKeown // 1 thread

    New South Cambridgeshire Police station proposed for land adjacent to Milton Park & Ride.

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  • Safe speeds for central London – introducing 20mph speed limits

    Created by Sean Howes // 1 thread

    Overview

    We want your views on our proposals to make the streets we manage in central London 20mph by 2020 and the associated measures.

    Last year, in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), we published the Vision Zero Action Plan. The Action Plan sets out our ambition to eliminate death and serious injury from London’s transport network by 2041.

    It details our plans to reduce road danger, including proposals to implement a 20mph speed limit on the roads we operate and manage in central London. 

    We’ve been working to determine the most effective way of implementing the new speed limits and are now ready to share our plans with you.

    We’ve provided more information about our proposals on this page and would like your feedback before we progress this important safety programme.

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  • 19/0718/REM behind 307 Histon Road - 27 residential units / DG access

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    19/0718/REM | Reserved matters (layout, scale, appearance and landscaping) for the erection of 27 residential units including affordable dwellings following demolition of existing buildings together with associated infrastructure pursuant to application 15/0519/OUT. | 295 - 301 Histon Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB4 3NF

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  • S/1896/19/RM Middle Watch, Swavesey - up to 70 dwellings

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Approval of matters reserved for appearance, landscaping, layout and scale following outline planning permission S/1605/16/OL for up to 70 dwellings comprising of 42 market and 28 affordable units, public open space, children's play area, associated landscaping and new access.

    Land to the rear of 130, Middle Watch, Swavesey, Cambs, CB24 4RP

    South Cambridgeshire

    Application reference : S/1896/19/RM

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  • 19/0720/FUL - New pub just outside main railway station

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    19/0720/FUL | Change of use to A4 (Drinking establishment), use of external space for outdoor seating and installation of lighting and signage to front and side elevation. | Unit 2 Cambridge Railway Station Station Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB1 2JH

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