Chalk Farm Road – consultation on proposed pedestrian and cycle facilities
The diagram shows ASL boxes at all arms of both of the junctions, but few of these have any feeder lanes.
But what is really frustrating is that the consultation document makes absolutely no reference to CCC’s request for a cycle link between Ferdinand Street and Camden Goods Yard.
As part of the planning for Town Centre improvements in Chalk Farm Road, a ‘Mini CRISP` was held on 1st June 2006. CCC members Jean Dollimore and Meade McCloughan joined Camden officers Dave Stewart, Cliff Thompson and Elizabeth Lightbourne.
After the meeting, CCC produced a report on recommendations which was sent by email to the Camden officers. It included the following:
Junction of Ferdinand Street
- a cycle crossing from Ferdinand Street to Camden Goods Yard is very important. It would allow cyclists from the north e.g. Malden Road to access the store, the nearby housing estate and the cycle track from the store into Oval Road. There is a dearth of connections across Chalk Farm Road – without this crossing, cyclists from the Malden Road area need to go via Kentish Town Road and Jamestown Road to reach the Regents Park area. At an earlier consultation we suggested a facility with a push-button controlled signal.
- install ASLs on all three arms of the junction.
The latest consultation does propose ASLs but there is no mention of a cyclist crossing.
Two-way cycle link between Ferdinand Street and Oval Road:
The above description doesn’t make it clear that a two-way link is required but that is what’s needed.
The provision of ASL boxes at all arms of the two junctions is welcome. However, every one of these should be provided with a feeder lane of adequate length to pass expected queues of vehicles and of width 1.5 m.
Double yellow lines
The provision of double yellow lines on the south side of Chalk Farm Road is welcome. We noted during our Mini-CRIM last summer that night time parking on the south side of road should be prevented because several cyclist casualties occurred on this side of the road. We believe that this provision is very important and should not be delayed.
Cycle crossing from Ferdinand Street to Camden Goods Yard
As we have already indicated to Camden Council, CCC thinks it very important to implement a cycle crossing from Ferdinand Road into Camden Goods Yard to enable cyclists from the Malden Road area to reach the superstore and the cycle track to Oval Road.
This would require an additional stage of the signals. We propose that it would be push-button operated so that the stage would be needed only when a cyclist is present. In practice, such an additional phase would also enable pedestrians to cross Chalk Farm Road on the east side of the junction – a much better route for those wanting to get to the superstore.
CCC made all efforts regarding the cycle crossing, but Camden refused to implement it. They say it will delay traffic.