Camden Council proposes measures intended to improve the streetscape and pedestrian environment around Gospel Oak Station.
- They propose raised junction tables on the two exits on the south side named Oak Village.
- They propose to remove most of the guard railing will be removed on Mansfield Road, Gordon House Road and Savernake Road.
- Bike stands near the station
- improved paving outside the station and a pair of planters that double up as cycle parking (presumably Plant Lock)
This response to the consultation from Camden on the proposed Access Improvements at Gospel Oak Station is from Camden Cycling Campaign, the local borough group of London Cycling Campaign (LCC). We have approximately 650 members and represent the interests of cyclists living or working in the borough of Camden. We canvassed our membership and this response represents the point of view of a strong majority.
Removal of Guard Railings
CCC support the removal of guard railings, especially on Gordon House Road to the east of the station and on Savernake Road except near the school exit. Guard railings encourage motor vehicle drivers to speed, have no proven safety benefit for pedestrians except in the vicinity of station and school exits, detract from the streetscape and are threatening to cyclists who may become squeezed between them and vehicles.
Construction of Raised Tables
We do not think that the proposed entry treatments will have any effect on traffic speed. Raised tables at one or both of the Oak Village junctions extending across Gordon House Road would be effective and we request these be considered.
Installation of Cycle Stands and Planters
We welcome the provision of additional cycle stands. Concerns were raised about whether the planters would obstruct the footway; we would be happy to see conventional stands used if this is the case.
Pavement Repairs and Improved Lighting
We strongly support these measures.
Enforcement of the 20 mph limit would be the most effective way to improve safety and might also reduce traffic volumes. We see no reason that cameras should not be used to provide enforcement as we understand that this is now legal.
February 5 2010
Sadly, Camden dropped the scheme after it was rejected in consultation.