The proposal is a walking scheme for the junction of Canfield Gardens and Broadhurst Gardens. Waitrose have agreed to close northern access to their service area, making it possible to implement a zebra crossing at this new location. This will result in a 4-way crossing at the junction. The scheme also involves build out at the eastern corner of the junction and reduction of the existing island on the service area.
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The substance of our response to the consultation: We agree with the proposal to build an additional zebra crossing at the junction of Broadhurst Gardens and Canfield Gardens (east-west). We hope the new zebra will help calm traffic proceeding north-west along Broadhurst Gardens. However, we wonder how easy it will be for motorists to see pedestrians wanting to cross from the Waitrose side.
Similar zebras are also needed at the Broadhurst Gardens/ Goldhurst Terrace
Our main interest in this development relates rather to the possibility it presents for a related scheme for cyclists. Compayne Gardens runs from West End Lane between Cleve Road / Canfield Gardens and Broadhurst Gardens, joining Canfield Gardens a little to the southeast of the Canfield/ Broadhurst junction. It is a quiet two-way road and would be ideal for east-west cycling, particularly as the alternatives (Cleve, Canfield & Broadhurst) are one-way and used by buses. However, at the eastern end it joins Canfield Gardens, which runs one-way back towards West End Lane. This difficulty could be overcome by creating a segregated contraflow cycle lane up Canfield Gardens from the junction with Compayne Gardens. This would
involve removing ten or so parking bays on the northern side. The Broadhurst Gardens right turn from the north-west into Canfield Gardens is relatively infrequently used, so this could be closed to motor traffic, with a cut through for cyclists heading towards the Finchley Road. This would make for a much bigger central traffic island which would help pedestrians and in turn encourage cyclists using the cut-through to go more gently (they would in any case have to give way to traffic coming down Broadhurst Gardens). This idea has been discussed recently with Carlos da Rocha (Camden Consultancy Service), Brian Deegan (LCN+) and Emma Chapman (LB Camden) and others as part of the Camden Local Cycle Link (east-west).