During the last two weeks of May we were very pleased to see the appearance of:
- four new schemes to reduce motor traffic in local roads in Camden, making them much more pleasant for people who are out on their exercise walks;
- and the first pair of pop-up cycle lanes on Goodsway.
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Sandall Road is a short road that formed part of a notorious rat-run between Camden Road and Kentish Town Road as shown in Visualisations of Camden’s O-D (Origins and destinations of traffic) survey of the area– carried out in December 2019. Seventy-five percent of the almost 2000 motor vehicles per weekday on Sandall Road was ‘through traffic’ that left the area without stopping. The entrance to Camden School for Girls is on Sandall Road.
Before this new scheme, the road had been narrowed to reduce its use by large motor vehicles while cycles used the lanes on each side. The new scheme simply adds a single removable bollard in the center of the narrowed section.
As well as providing a Healthy School Street, this change also provides a safe walking route to the nearby Cantelowes Gardens and should result in a significant reduction of traffic passing through the whole area.
Constantine Road – Savernake Road
This new road closure also makes it safer for people using Wilmot Place to access the C6 cycle route on Royal College Street.
Clarence Way and Hartland Road
This scheme is designed to create a low traffic neighbourhood by eliminating rat-runs through the area bounded by Prince of Wales Road, Chalk Farm Road, Harmood Street and Castlehaven Road.
Holy Trinity & St. Silas School is on the west side of Hartland Road opposite Holy Trinity Church.
We understand that when the school is in use, pupils need to cross Hartland Road between the church and the school
It comprises two closures by bollards:
- one on Hartland Road between the school and the church
- the other at the junction of Clarence Way and Harmood Street.
A third ‘closure’ is intended on Hartland Road by the junction of Hawley Road. It relies on a pair of rather inconspicuous Flying Motorcycle signs and that’s all. These signs are intended to tell drivers travelling in either direction that they must not continue their journey on Hartland Road. When we were there on Bank Holiday Monday around midday, drivers were totally ignoring those signs. We have also noted the following post from a local resident on Camden’s Safe Travel Commonplace site:
The new "no motorised traffic" signs have gone up and there is no difference to the traffic levels - cars are just ignoring them. In 30 minutes around 30 cars went past, many at over 20mph. More measures will be needed if there is going to be any impact on traffic
This needs much better signage plus physical measures and we are pleased to see that these have been included in Phase 2.
Pop-up Cycle Lanes in Goodsway
These cycle lanes run along both sides of Goodsway between Pancras Road and Kings Boulevard
These cycle tracks are marked as mandatory – with solid white lines. They replace and slightly widen the existing cycle lanes. See StreetView. The lanes are protected by means of orcas and wands.
Goodsway is a ‘Proposed proteced’ link in Camden’s planned borough-wide cycle network. It is good to see its being brought forward and implemented as a Covid-19 measure, to improve safety to cater for the already-visible increase in the number of people cycling as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Links to Camden’s information about the schemes described above
The page Making travel safer in Camden has links to the schemes described above.