To remove traffic lights and re-allocate carriageway space to footway creating a public space at the junction of Great Queen Street and Drury Lane. This scheme will also include:
• Raise the height of the road, so the kerbs are only 25mm high, to provide traffic calming and raised pedestrian crossing points
• Install a new zebra crossing on Drury Lane to replace the existing signal crossing
• Widen the pavement on Drury Lane (between Long Acre and Dryden Street)
• Widen the pavements in Wild Street and outside the Freemason’s Hall
• Narrow the pavement (slightly) on the south side of Great Queen Street (to line up the pedestrian crossing points across Drury Lane)
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Camden Cycling Campaign supports the proposal to improve the area at the junction of Great Queen Street and Drury Lane by the removal of the redundant length of road and its replacement by a pedestrian square.
Members that use the route regularly say that the main delay in that part of their journey is waiting at the signals while nothing is coming the other way. For this reason, they believe that their removal would seem to be very sensible.
Cyclist movements at the junction of Drury Lane and Great Queen Street
Some people have expressed concerns about right turns into and out of Drury Lane. They are concerned that westbound vehicles in Great Queen Street may not give way to cyclists. It would therefore be very helpful to emphasise that LCN+ Route 6 requires these manoeuvres by drawing cycle symbols (logos) in the middle of the carriageway in both directions. The CRISP Report for Link 28 (the Camden part of Route 6) recommended this measure for Great Queen Street.
CCC wishes to note its disappointment that this scheme does not include eastbound contraflow cycling in Long Acre, as recommended in the CRISP Report on the Link 235 – the Westminster part of Route 6.
The consultation document makes no mention of cycle parking. This was discussed at the workshops and we believe that the siting of cycle parking should have been considered as a part of the design and included in the consultation. CCC would like to be involved in a discussion on locations for cycle parking of ensure that a generous supply is provided.