Camden Council proposes measures intended to improve Drury Lane for pedestrians.
• Moving the zebra crossing on Drury Lane onto a new raised section of the carriageway in a more central position spanning across Macklin Street and Betterton Street;
• Widening the footway and raising carriageway by Stukely Street; and also at the end of parker Street by the theatre
• Providing 8 new resident parking spaces;
• Consolidating 4 existing pay & display spaces into one central location;
• Relocating a loading bay and the car club bays in Parker Street to elsewhere
We agree with the proposals in this consultation. Although the measures are mainly intended for pedestrians there are some potential benefits for cyclists, which I will mention. I will also ask a question and make a request for something that should help cyclists.
LCN+ Route 6 northbound is on Drury Lane and then runs along Great Queen Street. However, the sign at the junction indicates straight ahead for destinations such as Kings Cross. Therefore the area under consideration for this consultation has become a heavily-used default route for cyclists. It benefits from the cycle gap in Museum Street and is much shorter that the official route via Newton Street.
The benefits I see are:
• The raised carriageway by Stukely Street will help cyclists setting off from the European College in Stukely Street and wanting to get a good road position before turning north.
• The new raised section of the carriageway across Macklin Street and Betterton Street will also be help the many cyclist that join Drury Lane via Endell Street and Betterton Street
My question is:
• The current layout shows the railings outside numbers 171 and 172 Drury Lane. Is this being removed? If so, it needs to be replaced by cycle parking for ten cycles – see the photo at
StreetView on OSM
My request is that:
• the carriageway be marked with cycle logos every 100m to provide a visual guide for cyclists and to raise motorists awareness of cyclists. In this narrow street they should be positioned at the centre of the carriageway.