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:

  • Addenbrooke's roundabout - fundamental redesign

    Martin Lucas-Smith // 0 threads

    This is a hostile roundabout. It has been fiddled around with over the years, to add advisory cycle lanes, lights, pedestrian crossings, etc.

    The area needs a fundamental redesign, to replace the roundabout probably with a protected intersection design.

    It is outrageous that a health site such as Addenbrooke's has such an unsafe and anti-cycling junction as its main entrance.

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  • Rustat Road reduction of parking spaces to improve visibility

    Martin Lucas-Smith // 0 threads

    Now that the residents' parking scheme is in place, it is clear that there are many more spaces provided than are actually in use.

    The amount of space should be slimmed down ASAP.

    In particular, the area round the exit from the cut-through from Clifton Road desperately needs to have the parking removed year, to make the visibility much better. A couple of vehicles park there, yet they could easily park 20m away in one of the now empty bays.

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  • Station Road cycle lanes needed

    Martin Lucas-Smith // 0 threads

    Station Road has a bit of cycle lane provision, but it is spotty.

    There should be cycle lanes on both sides of the road, the full length.

    Taxis should have to queue in the station area car park itself, not 250m away on Station Road.

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  • Fitzroy Lane has no pavement

    Martin Lucas-Smith // 0 threads

    Fitzroy Lane is a major walking route to the Grafton Centre, but bizarrely has no pavement.

    One of the two parking queuing lanes should be removed, and pavements added on at least the east side of the street, if not both sides.

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  • Maid's Causeway / Newmarket Road cycleway

    Martin Lucas-Smith // 0 threads

    Maid's Causeway and the town side of Newmarket Road (until the roundabout) is a mish-mash of a few bits of cycle lane. This is a wide road.

    This should be changed to proper cycle tracks. This can be done without moving pavements.

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  • Dutch-quality cycle tracks for Elizabeth Way bridge

    Martin Lucas-Smith // 0 threads

    Elizabeth Way is wide. Currently cycling is permitted on the pavements.

    This should be changed to have dutch-style cycle tracks, achieved by narrowing the road slightly and narrowing the pavements (which are very wide and not heavily trafficked, so this would not disadvantage pedestrians).

    This would give a safer cycling environment, and improve the pedestrian experience.

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  • Advisory cycle lanes on Gonville Place

    Martin Lucas-Smith // 0 threads

    Gonville Place at the Mill Road end needs queue-busting cycle lanes, as per East Road.

    As the image shows, there is plenty of space here.

    The Hills Road end goes to three lanes so that would be more difficult. The Mill Road end is much easier and can be regarded as a simple 'quick win'.

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  • Cycle parking needed on Ainsworth Street

    Martin Lucas-Smith // 0 threads

    Like many areas of Petersfield, Ainsworth Street has no cycle parking but there are bikes left along the pavements.

    Cycle parking should be provided.

    Every night, and during the day, there are always at least some spots of car parking unused. Therefore there is scope to remove a few spaces and install residential cycle parking, as per Thoday Street.

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  • Kingston Street yellow lines should be double to prevent pavement parking

    Martin Lucas-Smith // 0 threads

    Kingston Street has a major problem with pavement parking.

    Bizarrely the yellow line restriction on the east side (nearest the railway) allows parking on that side of the road during certain times, but that is not possible to do without either blocking the road or parking on the pavement.

    Current restrictions are Monday-Saturday, 8.30am-5.30pm. This should be double yellow lines (24 hours). That would still permit deliveries.

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  • Kentish Town Healthy Streets Project

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Camden Council wants to improve the Kentish Town area, including improving air quality and making walking and cycling easier and safer.  The area included is shown on the attached map on which we have added blue lines to show the links in the Camden cycle network in this area. See map image with the Issue.

    Camden has already been engaging with stakeholders at meetings and with local people via the Commonplace engagement  map (see link).

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  • Barrier put up in Bourne Ct. shared use path

    This developer [1] has put up this barrier in a shared use path important to local cyclists (c.f. the Campaign's original objections), apparently following complaints that the path was being used as a “cut through” by motor cyclists.

    Clearly, this constitutes a real problem for cyclists and wheelchair users.

    [1] https://www.colchester.gov.uk/planning-app-details/?id=05884dda-af82-e911-a988-000d3ab9df39#ValidationSummaryEntityFormView

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  • Trumpington Road cycle lane (opposite Nuffield Hospital)

    Created by piers // 1 thread

    This very short cycle lane is the quickest way to turn right into Brooklands Avenue. You can join it at the start (Latham Road), and depending on the traffic flow, continue in the left lane until you can get into the advance stop box turning right, or change into the right lane earlier.

    However, every couple of mornings, cars (or lorries) sit in the cycle lane blocking it. It seems to be if one car is in it, most are. If no cars are in it, none are.

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  • 19/1770/FUL - Change of use of former Cambridge Building Society branch to pub

    Martin Lucas-Smith // 1 thread

    Planning application to change the former Cambridge Building Society building to a pub.

    https://applications.greatercambridgeplanning.org/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=Q30JYCDXJIF00

    This is right on the corner with Downing Street. There is significant potential for delivery issues to cause difficulties if not conditioned.

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  • Cycleway between Sutton High Street and Colliers Wood - Proposals in Sutton

    Created by Marcus Howarth // 1 thread

    Sutton Council is working in partnership with Transport for London (TfL) and Merton Council on a new Cycleway project running between Sutton High Street and Colliers Wood.

    This is an informal public consultation to:

    • Gather feedback on a proposed 20mph speed limit
    • Find out ideas and suggestions on how best to reduce non local through-traffic cutting through the area

    (my emphasis)

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  • Foresters Drive Highway Improvement Programme

    Created by Marcus Howarth // 1 thread

    From https://sutton.citizenspace.com/environment/foresters/

    We are proposing three traffic safety measures on Foresters Drive at its junction with Great Woodcote Park, Mollison Drive and Apledoorn Drive, Wallington.

    We are focusing on the section of Foresters Drive between Great Woodcote Park and Mollison Drive, which is forming phase 1 of the programme ready for consultation. Phase 1 consists of the following proposals;

    1. Mini-roundabout at Mollison Drive at its junction with Foresters Drive (to slow traffic and assist pedestrians) and associated parking restrictions
    2. Kerb build-out (footway extension) at Apeldoorn Drive at its junction of Foresters Drive (to improve visibility of the junction) and associated parking restrictions
    3. Mini-roundabout at Great Woodcote Park at its junction with Foresters Drive (to slow traffic and assist pedestrians) and associated parking restrictions

    All of the above proposals are shown in the overview plan below and details of each proposal are shown on the next page. 

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  • Riding House Street Public Realm Improvements

    Created by Colin Wing // 1 thread

    The proposals are:

    • Formalised permanent road closure at east end of Riding House Street.
    • Creation of a pedestrian zone with a flush surface throughout paved with two tone concrete paving.
    • Benches and planting to improve public amenity and change the nature of Riding House Street from a road to a functional pedestrian space.
    • Removal of the existing zebra crossing as it is no longer required. An informal pedestrian route between All Souls School sites is highlighted in the proposed paving pattern.
    • Cycle parking facilities.
    • Two-way operation to the east of Nassau Street to maintain access to motorcycle parking and for servicing vehicles.

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  • Cycleway Shepherd's Bush to Notting Hill

    Created by Simon Munk // 1 thread

    Council says:

    Encouraging cycling is one of the Council’s borough transport objectives. We want to make sure cycling is safe, easy, attractive and inclusive for all. We are also concerned about the impacts of poor air quality on our residents, and believe making cycle trips safer is part of the solution to providing alternatives to motor vehicle trips. We hope that new and existing cyclists alike will appreciate being able to use clearly signed routes along quiet side streets.

    We are consulting on a new cycle route - incorporating a section of route we have already consulted on - which serves our communities in Shepherd’s Bush, Holland Park and Notting Hill Gate. The route has been co-designed alongside major resident's associations and local cycling champions.

    The route begins at Holland Park Roundabout, passes through the large paved space between Holland Park Roundabout and Norland Road, then progresses the length of Queensdale Road until it joins a route that we have previously consulted on, and which we will be building in mid-2020.  The new route then picks up again at Clarendon Road, turns into St John’s Gardens and along Lansdowne Crescent before crossing Ladbroke Grove and into Kensington Park Gardens.  Crossing Kensington Park Road, it progresses down Chepstow Villas before meeting a route due for implementation by May 2020.  Please see the cycle route map below for the full alignment.

    In general, the measures that we are proposing are designed to reduce the speed and volume of traffic – where our surveys have suggested these are higher than permitted under TfL’s Cycle Route Quality Criteria – and to reduce the risk of conflict at junctions. The route does not propose fully segregated cycle lanes along the alignment, apart from on the approach to the Kensington Park Road junction. As with all our cycle routes, if implemented, the route will be monitored annually to ensure our proposals have secured the levels of speed and traffic volume appropriate to a cycleway.

    We are asking what you think of our proposals regarding the new cycleway. Please read the following information carefully before filling in the questionnaire no later than 22 March 2020.

    Proposed changes

    At the junction of Queensdale Road/St Ann’s Villas, a new raised table is proposed, aiming to encourage drivers to slow down where cyclists and pedestrians are crossing. 

    On Lansdowne Road, at the junction with St John’s Gardens, we are proposing to permit two-way cycling in this section of one-way road. To facilitate this, we propose to cut back the build out on the western side, providing more carriageway space to allow a short section of cycle lane. This short lane will help warn drivers that the road is two-way for cyclists, and encourage cyclists and vehicles to correctly position themselves at this junction. 

    Where Lansdowne Crescent meets Ladbroke Grove, we are proposing to close Lansdowne Crescent to enable cyclists to safely reach a new proposed parallel crossing facility across the busy Ladbroke Grove. Vehicles will still be able to use St John’s Gardens. To facilitate a new turning circle for vehicles at the proposed ‘cul-de-sac’ end of Lansdowne Crescent, we are proposing removal of three resident parking bays.

    To allow cyclists to cross Ladbroke Grove, we are proposing upgrading the current zebra crossing to a parallel crossing (that can be used by both pedestrians and cyclists) and extensions to the footways on the eastern side to provide small areas of shared-space footway.

    On Kensington Park Gardens, where traffic speeds are on the high side, we are proposing three sinusoidal road humps and an entry treatment at the junction with Ladbroke Grove. Sinusoidal humps are designed so that when driving or cycling over them at lower speeds, they are more comfortable to drive over than traditional humps, but if travelling at an inappropriate speed, they cause a noticeable ‘bump,’ encouraging slower speeds. We know that some people are concerned that road humps contribute to poor air quality, when they lead to drivers braking and accelerating hard. We have designed the proposals in line with government guidance on the correct spacing between the humps to avoid hard braking and acceleration. We have recently introduced sinusoidal humps in St James’s Gardens and we also use them when we resurface roads with traditional humps – for example, Abbotsbury Road already features some sinusoidal humps. 

    We are proposing some restrictions at the junction of Kensington Park Gardens/Kensington Park Road/Chepstow Villas, where traffic flows are high on both Chepstow Villas and Kensington Park Road

    Kensington Park Gardens will be entry only from Kensington Park Road. Traffic will still be able to access and exit Kensington Park Gardens at the western junction with Ladbroke Grove.

    At the junction of Kensington Park Road and Chepstow Villas, traffic exiting Chepstow Villas will have to turn left (south). Traffic would not be able to enter Chepstow Villas from Kensington Park Road, but vehicles will be still be able to access and exit Chepstow Villas at the eastern junction with Portobello Road

    These proposals would reduce rat-running through Chepstow Villas and Kensington Park Gardens and enable the introduction of a short section of segregated bi-directional cycle path and a new parallel ‘tiger’ crossing for pedestrians and cyclists across Kensington Park Road. We are also proposing some changes to the planting in Chepstow Villas, with the addition of new planters and potentially a rain garden. Should the proposals go ahead, we will monitor the effects of any traffic displacement carefully to see if further changes are required on neighbouring roads.

    At the junction of Chepstow Villas/Portobello Road - where we know many of our residents and tourists cross regularly to explore Portobello Road - we are proposing a raised table and footway extensions to encourage slower vehicle speeds where cyclists and pedestrians are crossing the junction. 

    What happens next?

    A full report of the results of the consultation will be presented to the Executive Director for Environment and Communities, who will then make a decision on whether the proposed changes should be implemented. 

    After this consultation, should the initial response be positive, the Council will be carrying out further statutory consultation in order to amend traffic orders to facilitate implementation of the proposals.

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