Sunday, 9 June 2019
Between helping out with design workshops at the London Cycling Campaign’s “Campaigner’s Conference” yesterday, I had time to nip out to look at the newly remodelled junction of Euston Road/ Judd Street & Midland Road in Camden.
So yes, another post from London, but it’s not an area I know terribly well and the layout is something which can be copied (mostly). Euston Road is part of the A501 which itself is part of the Inner London Ring Road and so an important motor traffic route which in theory should be more useful than the adjacent areas for through traffic. In practice, it’s less clear cut, but at least where it is met by Judd Street and Midland Road, things have changed.
Midland Road runs up the western side of St Pancras International station and forms part of the road network which serves the station and the wider area. It is an important location for taxis picking up people from the station, but it is now a part of a cycle route north to Camden Town which at one point itself connects to Royal College Street – in other words, a cycling grid is starting to form.
To the south, we have Judd Street which connects to Tavistock Place which is another part of the local cycling grid and so connecting the areas north and south of Euston Road opens up all sorts of possibility for utility cycling trips.
Before the current changes, Midland Road was a southbound one-way street which flared out to 4 traffic lanes approaching Euston Road and one simply couldn’t use it to cycle north (below).
Judd Street was open to all classes of traffic, although one couldn’t turn right onto Euston Road. From what I understand, it was pretty busy and it is notable that the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has its London office near the junction.
The new layout for Midland Road provides one-way stepped cycle tracks for each direction which change to island-protected cycle tracks approaching Euston Road;
As is becoming frustratingly common with UK cycle tracks, we have a vertical upstand on the kerb between the cycle track and footway, although at least it is low enough not to be clipped by pedals;
The old taxi rank layout has been kept and so there is a curious southbound arrangement with taxis on the nearside in a taxi lane and a cycle track next to it. This is because passengers will be getting in and out of taxis – it probably makes sense for the location, although taxi drivers waiting to move along did tend to stand on the cycle track while chatting.
At the exit to the taxi rank, drivers give way to people cycling and they should be able to see people coming, although having a conflict point isn’t ideal;
About half way along the street there is a large zebra crossing providing access to between the Francis Crick Institute and the station as well as a floating bus stop. As can be seen below, there is a bus stand, then the zebra crossing and in the distance the bus stop.