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:

  • Cycle route to High Street via Nith Place

    Created by Rhian // 2 threads

    From the Whitesands all the crossings around Nith Place are toucan crossings. However, the current set up doesn't make it comfortable for pedestrians or cyclists for someone cycling to the High Street.

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  • Englefield Road - De Beauvoir area - Environmental and cycle improvements to CS1

    Created by Simon Munk // 1 thread

    Hackney says:
    "The Council is committed to making Hackney’s roads safer for everyone living, working
    and visiting the borough. These changes aim to create an environment that will encourage
    more walking and cycling, improve air quality and reduce emissions within the local area.
    Our Transport Strategy includes a Liveable Neighbourhoods Plan, which recognises that local
    streets are not just places to park vehicles or drive, walk and cycle on. They are places where
    we socialise and live our lives. An aspiration is to reclaim Hackney’s streets from motor
    traffic congestion and transform them into the most attractive and liveable neighbourhoods
    in London.
    One key objective for this proposal is to create a safer, more pleasant environment for
    cycling on the CS1 route through the De Beauvoir area.
    Back in autumn 2015 Transport for London (TfL) in partnership with Hackney Council
    consulted on a motor traffic reduction scheme in the De Beauvoir area that assists users
    of the CS1 route. These proposed modal filters have now been introduced.
    One of the proposals that was not taken forward at that time was a zebra crossing on
    Englefield Road near the junction of Culford Road. From continued feedback from residents,
    and users of the CS1 route through this area, the Council has now reviewed the design and
    location which provides a safe crossing point for cyclists, as well as pedestrians, crossing
    Englefield Road. Please see the drawing attached for more detail.
    Introducing this duel crossing point on Englefield Road at Culford Road will also allow the
    relocation of two of the existing modal filters to be moved to this new crossing point. Modal
    filters are closures to motorised traffic that still allow access for pedestrians and cyclists. "

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  • Sutton Local Implementation Plan 3

    Created by Charles Martin // 1 thread

    The council is undertaking a public consultation on its draft third Local Implementation Plan (LIP). This is a statutory document that outlines how Sutton will contribute to meeting the outcomes and objectives in the new Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy, published earlier this year. It also outlines key proposals for transport schemes in the borough for the next three years (to 2021) and longer term ambitions to 2041.

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  • LED Lighting

    Created by Daniel Dignam // 1 thread

    Maybe it because I ride a bike with narrow tyres, or am over cautious, but ....

    The new LED lighting they've installed has effectively made the path narrower (and it's already too narrow). I don't want to ride over slippery glass, and in a few places they've actually installed them on the bend (Shelford end on the inside of the bend, which was already tricky because of the manhole cover), and at the Addenbrooke's end when joining after coming under the bridge.

    Why didn't they install them between the white lines like the old ones.

    Am I worrying too much (I cycle 400+ miles a week, so like to think I'm relatively good at looking out for dangers) ?

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  • A111 Chase Side - improve safety for cyclists

    Created by JonC // 1 thread

    The A111 Chase Side is a useful and direct commuting and leisure route for cyclists, linking Southgate and Cockfosters. Safety improvements are needed for cyclists using the road, particularly at central refuges forming pinch points where close passes are a frequent risk.

    More extensive infrastructure, utilising wide verges, service roads and semi-segrated lanes, could provide a safe route to increase levels of cycling to local schools, shops and sports facilities.

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  • A111 Cockfosters to Hadley Wood

    Created by JonC // 1 thread

    Convert the footway along the A111 Cockfosters Road to shared use between the entrance to Trent Park and Waggon Road. This would link with the existing segregated cycle track from Cockfosters tube station to Trent Park and to Sustrans Route NCN 12 and Hadley Wood train station. It would allow residents in new developments along Cockfosters Road and the large planned development within Trent Park to cycle to both stations and beyond.

    The A111 is narrow and busy, with insufficient room to overtake a cyclist safely if there is oncoming traffic. Motorists can be aggressive and pass cyclists very closely, so only the bravest cyclists use this road. During morning and evening commutes there are long queues of traffic, making it difficult and unpleasant to use the road on a bicycle.

    The footway on the west side of the road has very few pedestrians and is wide enough to allow dual use or be upgraded to segregated use. It also has dropped kerbs to allow cyclists to cross side roads.

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  • Chalk Lane Cockfosters - cyclist contraflow needed

    Created by JonC // 1 thread

    An 80 metre length of Chalk Lane is one-way northbound, preventing use by southbound cyclists wanting to avoid the busy A111 between Hadley Woods bridleway and Cockfosters Station, where there is a safe Pelican crossing onto the cycle track linking to Oakwood and beyond.

    An 80 metre long contraflow for cyclists would fix the missing link and provide a safe and mostly off road cycle route all the way from Enfield to High Barnet.

    London Cycle Design Standards state: "Unless there are over-riding reasons not to, there should be a presumption that contraflow cycling should be provided for in any one-way street." (4.3.9 Two-way cycling in one-way streets).

    Chalk Lane used to be two-way until a new housing estate was built in Verwood Drive, when it was made one-way to stop too many cars emerging onto the A111 next to the tube and bus station. However, there is no reason to stop cyclists.

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  • Consultation: Proposed changes to the Torrington Place / Tavistock Place corrido

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Camden is consulting on:

    The direction of motor traffic flow i.e.

    – should it remain as it is now (eastbound between Gower Street and Judd Street and westbound between Gower Street and Tottenham Court Road)

    – or change to westbound through the entire stretch between Judd Street and Tottenham Court Road

    They also ask support for further improvements (including stepped tracks and widened footways) subject to funding being available

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  • Collingwood Road & Anton Crescent Area Improvements

    Created by Marcus Howarth // 1 thread

    see https://sutton.citizenspace.com/environment/collingwoodroad/

    plans https://sutton.citizenspace.com/environment/collingwoodroad/user_uploads/t30139-c-002-to-010---collingwood-road---consultaion-plans-v0.4.pdf

    Quite a few improvements to junctions, change to the flow of one way, improvements and extension of 20mph zone and removal of speed cushions

    Details of Proposed Improvements
    The proposed improvements include the following main features, as detailed on the attached Plan Overview:

    A. Width restrictions with priority give-ways to replace existing refuge islands, and speed cushions. (refer to details 3,4,11 &12)

    There have been several complaints regarding noise and vibration associated with vehicles (especially buses and large vehicles) driving at speed over the cushions. Parents have expressed a sense of vulnerability while crossing at the refuge islands. The existing carriageway width do not allow widening of the refuge islands, which would be the ideal solution, and therefore width restrictions are proposed. This will provide more footway space for pedestrians and a shorter distance to cross. In addition, the safety risks of vehicles driving on the wrong side of the refuge island observed on site can be avoided.There have been several complaints regarding noise and vibration associated with vehicles (especially buses and large vehicles) driving at speed over the cushions. Parents have expressed a sense of vulnerability while crossing at the refuge islands. The existing carriageway width do not allow widening of the refuge islands, which would be the ideal solution, and therefore width restrictions are proposed. This will provide more footway space for pedestrians and a shorter distance to cross. In addition, the safety risks of vehicles driving on the wrong side of the refuge island observed on site can be avoided.

    B. Reversal of one-way on Anton Crescent. (refer to details, 4, 7, 8, & 9)

    The current direction of one-way on Anton Crescent results in regular congestion outside the school during drop-off and pick up times which at times impacts the flow of traffic on Collingwood Road. Reversing the direction will provide more queuing space for school traffic on Anton Crescent thus minimise impact on Collingwood Road.

    C. Raised junction entry treatment. (refer to details, 4, 5 & 10)

    The raised entry treatments will provide a level surface for pedestrians when crossing side roads and will help to slow down the in and out movement of traffic.

    D. Improvement to walking routes leading to school. (refer to details, 3, 7, 8 & 9)

    The area adjacent to the school entrance will be raised. It is proposed to surface the existing grass verge on Anton Crescent adjacent to No. 298 Collingwood Road and widen the footway from the entrance to the Wetlands access leading up to the school entrance to improve walking routes.

    E. Signage and road markings.

    School warning signs, elderly crossing, weight restriction, bridge height and speed limit signs will be reviewed and adjusted or new ones provided where necessary. 20mph roundels will be refreshed and more added to emphasize the speed limit in the area.

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  • Central Road Worcester Park

    Created by Marcus Howarth // 1 thread

    see https://sutton.citizenspace.com/environment/centralroad/

    "proposals to improve the flow of traffic and improve the environment for residents, traders, pedestrians, cyclists and users of public transport. The aim of the scheme is to encourage more people to walk, cycle or use public transport and reduce the number of local car trips. Funding for this scheme is available from Transport for London."

    How is this going to achieve this by creating a few parking bays and a new sign for a car park?

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  • Poor junction/bus lane design.

    Created by Kevin Ablitt // 1 thread

    It has been reported to me by several cyclists that the north east bound approach to Pownall Rd / Fore Hamlet junction is dangerous and in at least one case has involved cyclist injuries. From personal experience i can say it is a dangerous junction. Motorist frustration occurs because of long tailbacks and the temptation is to use the bus lane

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  • Marylebone Low Emission Neighbourhood Projects

    "As part of the Marylebone Low Emission Neighbourhood (LEN), Westminster City Council is proposing to introduce a number of new measures around Marylebone High Street and Paddington Street. These interventions will sit alongside the behaviour change measures already undertaken as part of the LEN programme."

    "Projects
    Details of these proposals are set out below, showing the existing and proposed arrangements, as well as information on the rationale. Once implemented, these proposals will be the first of their kind in Westminster. If you would like to comment on the proposals or have any questions, please email info@marylebonelen.org by 11.59pm on 5th December 2018. Responses will be considered before proceeding with the next stages of design and implementation."

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  • No lighting on cycle route.

    Created by HelenofYork // 1 thread

    North of Scarborough Bridge in York, there is an excellent off-road cycle track (part of Route 65 to Beningborough Hall) which is very well-used. Unfortunately there is very little lighting on this track, except for where there are adjacent houses, so it is extremely difficult to use after dark. As it is much more hazardous to ride in traffic after dark in winter, it is doubly annoying that the track is in effect out of bounds at night. People in dark clothing, dogs, other unlit cyclists ( :( ) and in some places, cows, make it far too hazardous to use without lights. A quick and cheap improvement which would go some way towards making it useable without disturbing the local wildlife with bright lights, would be lining both sides of the track with solar 'runway' lights. Once they are in, the only maintenance required for these is to keep the grass cut back so they aren't obscured.

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  • 18/1679/FUL 212 Newmarket Rd - mixed use building with 13 dwellings

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    'Cycle parking has been designed above the Council’s current standards- Cycle Parking in Residential Developments (2010). The flats are provided with a covered and secure cycle store integrated into the footprint of the proposed new building and accommodating 17No. Cycles and 1No. Cargo bay. The store will be fitted with steel Sheffield cycle stands spaced in accordance with Diagram 3 of the above guide. Access gates/doors are to be a minimum of 1m width where required. A further 10No. cycle spaces are proposed to the front of the development for visitors and 9No. Spaces provided in a separate store for the commercial units.'

    Initial investigation of the ground floor plan reveals this seems to be true.

    They have also claimed to reserve a 2.0m strip of land along the highway boundary for future Eastern Gate related improvements.

    No issues detected.

    ...

    Mixed use development for ground floor commercial space (Use Classes A1, A2, B1 and D1) with 13 residential units (including 25% affordable) above comprising of 3 x 2bed flats and 10 x 1bed flats along with car and cycle parking following demolition of the existing buildings on site.

    212-214 Newmarket Road Cambridge CB5 8JL

    https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PH7LP4DXH6M00

    Cambridge

    Application reference : 18/1679/FUL

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  • 18/1703/FUL 25-27 Chesterton High St - extensions & alterations for 9 new flats

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Proposes 32 cycle parking spaces for residential + office use split into two areas of 22 and 10. They seem to be well-dimensioned. The only outstanding question is security: there does not appear to be any access control.

    ...

    Extension and alterations to No.25-27 High Street, erection of new buildings to provide a total of nine new residential units and associated infrastructure and works (following part demolition on all three floors).

    25-27 High Street Chesterton Cambridge CB4 1NQ

    https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PHIPRYDXHAL00

    Cambridge

    Application reference : 18/1703/FUL

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  • S/4208/18/RM Northstowe Phase 2 strategic engineering works

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Northstowe Phase 2 strategic engineering elements including cycleways.

    See 'Town General Plans'

    Interesting that they plan significant stretches of protected & segregated bidirectional cycleway including protected & segregated junctions. Although in some sections these mysteriously turn into shared-use pavements, and it's not clear why, since there's plenty of space...

    Cycleway / footway kerb is a 45-degree type, better than 90-degree but still steeper than a forgiving kerb.

    There's also a link from Dry Drayton Road included & also an overpass of that road for some reason (part of A14 works?).

    ...

    Reserved Matters for landscaping and layout for Strategic Engineering Elements in relation to Phase 2 following outline planning permission S/2011/14/OL. An Environmental Impact Assessment was required at the time of the Outline submission and an Environmental Statement was submitted at that time.

    Land South Of, Longstanton Road, Oakington, Cambs, CB24 3AB

    http://plan.scambs.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/WPHAPPDETAIL.DisplayUrl?theApnID=S/4208/18/RM

    South Cambridgeshire

    Application reference : S/4208/18/RM

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