Camden Council proposes road safety measures associated with travel to Fleet Primary School:
• Proposed new traffic island on Cressy Road, at the junction with Fleet Road, to ensure traffic entering Cressy Road do so on the correct side of the road hence allowing pedestrians to cross safely. There is unfortunately not enough road width to accommodate a pedestrian refuge island.
• Proposed new kerb build-out on Lawn Road junction with Fleet Road, to reduce speed of vehicles as they exit Lawn Road.
• Proposed new kerb build-out on Parkhill Road junction with Fleet Road, to help reduce speeds of vehicles as they enter Parkhill Road. This will improve safety for pedestrians as they cross Parkhill Road.
• Double yellow line at junctions to improve visibility and safety.
A few issues:
- 20 mph limit in Fleet Road and in Cressy Road
- how would anyone cycle to Fleet School?
The consultation fails to mention issues for anyone who might choose to cycle to school. Although most pupils live within 1 mile, some parents may choose to take them to school by bike. Even where that is not the case, cycling to school should be encouraged and make safe.
Fleet Road is particularly difficult for cyclists due to vehicle speeds which are exacerbated by the fact that Fleet Road is one way. As a short-term safety solution, we ask that the Mansfield Road, Lawn Road and Grafton Road area 20 mph zones be joined by imposing 20 mph limits in Fleet Road and Mansfield Road. [A longer-term and much better improvement would be to return the Constantine Road, Agincourt Road, Fleet Road gyratory to two-way working.]
A member has pointed out that exiting Cressy Road onto Agincourt Road is dangerous because of the blind corner. In fact Cressy Road is strange in that it is two-way from Fleet Road until the entrance to the ambulance depot and then changes to one way. Please consider making this section a false one-way street with cycle access from Agincourt Road.
Regarding the specific proposals:
• A traffic island on Cressy Road, at the junction with Fleet Road would not be likely to affect cyclists.
• A kerb build-out on Lawn Road junction with Fleet Road, may help cyclists by reducing the speed of vehicles as they exit Lawn Road.
• A kerb build-out on Parkhill Road junction with Fleet Road, may help cyclists by reducing speeds of vehicles as they enter Parkhill Road.
• Double yellow line at junctions to improve visibility and safety should be beneficial to cyclists.