LB Camden proposes to implement improved crossing points for pedestrians on Queen Square and Great Ormond Street, and to improve the contraflow cycling facility on Lambs Conduit Street.
Raised crossing points at Great Ormond Street/ Queen Square, Cosmo place/Queen Square boulevard, Queen Square by the Hospital, Great Ormond Street/Lambs Conduit Street will be used to improve conditions for pedestrians.
To improve facilities for cyclists, it is proposed to simplify the existing contraflow cycling facility on Lambs Conduit Street by removing the cycle entry “gate” and erecting “No Entry Except Cycles” signage – here’s a picture of the current layout.
This response to the consultation from Camden on the proposed pedestrian and cycling
improvements in the Great Ormond
Street area 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 consulted our members by email on this
issue and this response reflects the views of the membership.
We are very supportive of the proposals, especially the
removal of redundant cycle ‘gates’ on Lambs
Conduit Street and the junction treatments.
Our members have suggested a further improvement for
cyclists, which is that now that Lambs
Conduit Street is part of an official newly-signed
cycle route, the ‘natural’ straight-ahead priority at the junctions at the
junctions with Great Ormond St,
and Dombey St.
should be re-instated, as it has been recently at the Ossulton St/ Phoenix Road junction. Currently, traffic
turning into Lambs Conduit Street
from these side-streets has priority but this is not always obvious to cyclists
and can cause conflicts especially with cyclists proceeding north at Gt Ormond St and Dombey St and south
at Rugby St.
It would be safer if the priority was always on Lambs Conduit Street. This would also act
as a further traffic-calming measure.
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you prefer a written response please let me know. We would be very happy to
discuss any aspect of our response; contact details are below.