Camden Council proposes a 20mph area between Prince Albert Road-Parkway on the south, Camden High Street on the east, Camden Lock and the railway line on the north and Primrose Hill Road-Regents Park Road-Albert Terrace on the west side.
The 20 mph limit will be indicated by signs and support with traffic calming measures. And pedestrian crossings will be added.
– Provide a new zebra crossing on Primrose Hill Road, by the junction with Regent’s Park Road
– Provide a new raised crossing on Regent’s Park Road, by the junction with Chamberlain Street
– Provide a new raised crossing on Regent’s Park Road, by the junction with Berkley Road.
– Narrow the carriageway at Mornington Terrace at its junction with Delancey Street
– Remove the existing refuge island at St. Mark’s Square, by the junction with Regent’s Park Road, and build out the footway.
– Raise the existing zebra crossing on Primrose Hill Road, by the junction with Elsworthy Road.
– Raise the existing zebra crossing on Primrose Hill Road, by the junction with Ainger Road.
– Provide a new raised crossing on Gloucester Avenue, by the junction with Princess Road.
– Introduce road humps on King Henry’s Road.
Note: In October 2011, CCC was asked (by Tina Pancha, Transport Planner LB Camden) to say what we thinks needs to be addressed in Primrose Hill Area. It is disappointing that none of our concerns has been addressed.
– constant width in Delancey Street
– proper 1.7m cycle lanes in Prince Albert Road
– reduce St Marks Square to two lanes to reduce speeding and provide contraflow cycling
This consultation from Camden Camden Council proposes a 20mph area between Prince Albert Road-Delancey Street on the south, Arlington Road on the east, Camden Lock and the railway line on the north and Primrose Hill Road-Regents Park Road-Albert Terrace on the west side.
I am writing on behalf of Camden Cycling Campaign, the local borough group of London Cycling Campaign (LCC). We have over 600 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 proposal for this 20 mph area because it should make the roads safer for people who walk and cycle, reduce pollution and improve the quality of life in the streets.
We strongly support the traffic calming measures in King Henry’s Road and Gloucester Avenue which form part of an important local east-west cycle route. Similarly, traffic calming in Primrose Hill Road and Regents Park Road will be beneficial to many people who cycle that way.
We would like you to consider the following additional safety measures for cyclists:
Delancey Street: although not an official cycle route, many people need to cycle on Delancey Street. It’s characteristics are hazardous for cycling: it is two lanes wide with pinch points at the junctions of Arlington Road and Albert Road. We don’t believe that installing 20 mph signs will change motorists behaviour of rushing to get ahead on the wider parts of the road. We do, however, believe that reducing the road to a single lane of motor traffic and a wide cycle lane would be effective in reducing speeds. This idea is being proposed in Camden Town East, why not in the west as well?The build outs at the junction of Mornington Terrace may help a little in this respect.
Prince Albert Road: The section between Gloucester Gate and Albert Terrace has cycle lanes on both sides of the road for most of the way. These lanes should be made continuous all the way along both sides of the road and through the junctions. As they are well below the minimum width they should be increased to at least 1.7 m. The consequent narrowing of the road could help with speed reduction.
Junctions of Parkway/Prince Albert Road and Parkway /Oval Road: After emerging from Regents Park, is very difficult to negotiate this sequence of junctions on a cycle because there is no space in the road dedicated to cycles. This is a problem of congestion, rather than speed: space needs to be made for cycles.
St Marks Square: The southbound approach on St Marks Square has three traffic lanes; the two left-turn lanes are a potential hazard to cyclists. For safety, the road should be reduced to two southbound vehicle lanes, leaving room to make it two way either for all vehicles or for cycling. Either provision would form a cycle link between the Broadwalk via St Marks Bridge and Princess Road into Primrose Hill.
Please would you acknowledge receipt of this response; if you prefer a written submission please let me know. We would like to have a meeting with you to discuss the many safety concerns listed above.