Clear Zone’s Walking Corridor
Huntley Street footway widening scheme
I am writing to ask for your views on the Council’s proposal to construct footway buildouts and a raised table at the junction of Huntley Street and Torrington Place.
The measures are intended to narrow the road at the exit from Huntley Street, and raise the carriageway surface to slow traffic and create a level crossing point for pedestrians. These measures are aimed to give greater priority to the pedestrian and improve the continuity of the footway along the north side of Torrington Place. This improved crossing point will also help to enhance the east-west walking corridor in the Clear Zone from King’s Cross to Goodge Street. Clear Zone’s is a transport initiative designed to reduce congestion, noise pollution and air pollution, creating a more enjoyable environment for pedestrians to live, work and visit. The narrowing of the mouth of this junction will also help to deter vehicles from illegally turning into Huntley Street.
As agreed in a recent CPZ review, the scheme will also involve the loss of the Doctor’s parking bay on Huntley Street. The bay is located outside Nos. 31 to 75 Gordon Mansions, and is no longer in use. No other parking bays will be affected by the proposals.
Assuming a favourable response, the works will be programmed for Spring 2006. The funding for this work has been secured from Transport for London (TfL).
Do you approve of the proposed footway widening? No
Do you approve of the proposed raised speed table? Yes
The Camden Cycling Campaign strongly rejects the footway widening scheme as planned. London Borough of Camden seems to forget that Huntley street is supposed to be a junction of the Seven Station Link cycle path between Torrington Place and University Street. Cyclists should be allowed to turn North into Huntley Street which should not be one way (at least for cyclists) This is an important route for hundreds of cyclists working and studying at University College London. We welcome a raised junction as long as it incorporates a cycle entry.