Camden Council proposes to reduce speed and improve pedestrian safety in relation to the redevelopment of Holbrook House at the junction of Great Queen Street and Newton Street. Measures include raised entry treatments and pavement widening.
The photo was taken in July 2007, since then, the gap under Hlbrook House has been blocked, leaving a narrow way through.
The developers of Holbrook House seem to have been allowed to remain unaware that a signed LCN+ route passes under the building. Although a narrow walk way through was eventually opened, our complaints about the severance of a route were ignored for far too long.
Comments on the proposed scheme:
The raised entry treatment in Newton Street at the junction with Great Queen Street may help pedestrians, but is of marginal benefit to cyclists.
The raised entry treatment in Parker Street at the junction with Newton Street should help to slow vehicles emerging iinto Newton Street, which will benefit cyclists.
The consultation plans do not show the existing cycle lane across the junction of Parker Street. Newton Street is one way north of the junction with Parker Street but two way for general traffic south of it. Therefore, the cycle lane is very important for indicating to drivers emerging from Parker Street that cyclists may be coming from their right side. Please note that this situation is similar to the junction of Bidborough Street and Mabledon Place where the cycle lane is indicated across the junction.