These pages will concentrate mainly on the new cycle routes in Camden that are implemented as a result of The previous Mayor’s vision for cycling, published May 2013 (see the Mayor’s vision). To quote: “We will offer two clear kinds of branded route: high capacity Superhighways, mostly on main roads, for fast commuters, and slightly slower but still direct Quietways on pleasant, low-traffic side streets for those wanting a more relaxed journey. Some Quietways will also be attractive green routes through open space, suitable for recreation and family enjoyment. In the City and West End, a mixture of Quietways and new Superhighways will make up the ‘Central London Grid’ (CLG) , joining all the others together. Outside the centre, local links complete the picture.”
But the above is an over simplification as far as most of the Camden Grid routes are concerned because they are on roads that require infrastructure support. LB Camden completed one new Grid route on Pancras Road by autumn 2015, a trial in Tavistock Place started in November 2015 and is under consultation October 2016, another Grid route opened on the northern part of Royal College Street in June 2016. Several more are planned.
Camden Council planned an ambitious network of Central London Grid and Quietway routes in autumn 2013 and we gave them some feedback as to our priority for their being implemented. In fact, we took a deputation to Camden’s Culture and Environment Scrutiny Committee at which Andrew Gilligan was present, 3rd December, 2013. See the post on this event including the map showing our preferred five Grid and five Quietway routes.
In December 2013, TfL consulted on their provisional alignments for the routes in the Central London Grid. See our post about the Grid announcement which includes a labelled map of the routes in Camden and some notes as to which will receive early funding. Then in early 2014 they published another map showing the Grid routes to be completed by 2016.
Grid routes in Camden
Camden was awarded funding for several projects as part of phase one of the CLG, including the northern extension of Royal College Street to Kentish Town Road and a southern extension to Goodsway.
The cycle provision in Royal College Street itself was completely overhauled during summer 2013: the two-way cycle track was replaced by wider single cycle tracks, one on each side of the road. See the post about the new scheme in Royal College Street. See the post about the official opening of Royal College Street.
The northern and southern extensions to Royal College Street and the junctions on Pancras Road have all been consulted on in Autumn 2014.
Pancras Road Junctions – Goodsway and Camley Street – following consultation, new design for Midland Road/Pancras Road; approved 12th December 2014. Further discussions still ongoing October 2016.
Royal College Street Northern Extension – Baynes Street to Kentish Town Road; following consultation, approved 16th December 2014. Construction started autumn 2015 and completed June 2016. Audited by CC and some changes made. See more details here.
Royal College Street Southern Extension – Crowndale Road to Midland Road consultation completed November 2014; signed off 19th December 2014, implementation started early in 2015, completed Autumn 2015. See more details here. See our report after implementation RCS Southern extension.
Delancey-Pratt – a route on Pratt Street from St Pancras Way to Camden High Street and then on Delancey Street to the junction with Parkway. Studies from summer 2014. New draft design presented to us Feb 2015. Consultation September 2015. Agreed December 2015. Still sorting problems, October 2016.
Tavistock Place: campaign started with video in August 2013. January 2015, WEP report announces a trial for Tavistock Place with existing 2-way track for EB cycles and the WB motor lane for WB cycles. Camden Council announces the trial, July 2015. Trial started autumn 2015. See report. Safer Bloomsbury Campaign started. Consultation October 2016.
New junction at Delancey/Parkway/Prince Albert Road/ Park Village East /Albany Street /Gloucester Gate: studies started in summer 2014 and draft design shown to us for discussion in February 2015. Still waiting October 2016.
Clerkenwell Boulevard. We had hoped it would be designed as an addition to the work on the Holborn gyratory during 2015 with consultation expected early in 2016 Read about the campaign here. But the Holborn scheme is waiting for funding from TfL until WEP is in place. But we hope post 2016 GRID funding may be available.
Grid routes in London to be completed by end 2016
Post 2016 Grid
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Quietways in Camden
Quietways are generally radial routes coming into Camden from one of our neighbouring boroughs to the west, north and east. Typically they will link up with our Grid routes as they approach central London.
QW3: originally called Jubilee Quietway – runs through Brent from Dollis Hill to Kilburn High Road and then through Camden on between West and South Hampstead. It the continues into Westminster as a Grid route on St Johns Wood Park and southbound on the western side of the Outer Circle.
QW2: originally called Quietway 38 – starts in Waltham Forest and runs through Hackney and Islington where it becomes a Grid route and runs into Camden on Calthorpe Street and Guilford Street.
QW??: Compayne Gardens to Greville Street to link with Westminster QW 16. See QW 3 and others that shows the proposed alignment of this QW.
Superhighways in Camden
North-South Cycle Superhighway: this runs in a two-way track on the west side of the road from Elephant & Castle, over Blackfriars Bridge and is supposed to reach King’s Cross. Consultation in Autumn 2015. See our discussion on CycleScape. Construction started in Spring 2015. Consultation of nothern extension of CS6 in spring 2016. Scheme to go ahead.
CS 11 : the planned route runs from Brent Cross, via Hendon Way and Finchley Road, through the Swiss Cottage gyratory, down Avenue Road and into Regents Park. It uses either side of the Outer Circle to reach Portland Place. Progress and details. Consultation on CS11 spring 2016. Consultation report available. 60% in favour. Decision expected Nov/Dec 2016.