Camden Council proposes the following on Holborn:
- to introduce waiting and loading restrictions at the site of a pedestrian crossing
- to change an existing advisory cycle lane (leading to the ASL box at Holborn Circus) into a mandatory lane (operating during the hours of 7-10am and 4-7pm Monday to Saturday).
I’ve checked London Cycle Design Standards (Section 4.2.16) and find the following:
A mandatory lane is for the use of cyclists only within the signed hours of operation and subject to Traffic Order restrictions. It is usually illegal for any motor traffic to enter mandatory cycle lanes, except taxis, which are normally allowed to stop within cycle lanes to drop-off and pick-up passengers.
On a site visit I discovered that the cycle lane is already mandatory. Karl Baxter told me that the road is maintained by City of London and that they had implemented the work early. However, consultation is required to make the enforcement of the changes possible.
As already discussed on the telephone with Karl Baxter, we note that the advisory cycle lane has already been marked and that the road surface in the cycle lane is poor.
However we strongly support the change to a mandatory from an advisory cycle lane. We would prefer to have the cycle lane and ASL box surfaced in green.
We also support the introduction of no waiting and loading at any time along the 12 metres of Holborn near the junction with Leather lane.