Search

Camden Council reveals multiple concerns over Cycle-Superhighway (CS11)

PUBLISHED: 12:05 26 May 2016 | UPDATED: 12:05 26 May 2016

An artist's impression of the cycling superhighway in Avenue Road

An artist's impression of the cycling superhighway in Avenue Road

Archant

Camden Council has called on Transport for London (TfL) to conduct further traffic modelling for the propsed Cycle-Superhighway (CS11) scheme to take account of the likely impact of High Speed Rail (HS2).

Daniel Howard, who started the petition against the CS-11 schemeDaniel Howard, who started the petition against the CS-11 scheme

Camden Council refused to release its response to TfL prior to the mayoral election, but it has now been published, revealing several concerns about the impact of the scheme on borough roads.

It says the council is “broadly supportive” of CS-11 “in principle” - but expresses a wide range of concerns with the proposals, stating that “more work will have to be done to avoid unacceptable impacts on some Camden residents.”

The council is concerned about the danger of additional traffic around the Royal Free Hospital in Pond Street which TfL’s traffic modelling predicts.

It said: “The area is currently recognised as being extremely sensitive in terms of traffic congestion...and any additional traffic flow could be detrimental to daily operations of the network.

“Having considered in detail the impact on these streets, we cannot support the predicted traffic increase on this part of the network and ask that appropriate mitigation is proposed prior to the implementation of the CS-11 scheme.”

As well as being worried about the implications for The Royal Free, the council said it has further concerns over the reassignment of traffic onto several of the borough’s roads.

It names the junction of Awkwright Road and Finchley Road as one which could be badly impacted by the scheme because of the number of schools on Awkwright Road and nearby Fitzjohn’s Avenue.

It said: “Officers have been informed that a pedestrian countdown unit is likely to be installed, however the council has concerns that this is unlikely to mitigate the potential impact at the junction.”

Concerns are outlined about Avenue Road, the junction of Prince Albert Road and Albany Road, Belsize roundabout and Fairfax Road.

The council said that whilst it remains opposed to HS2, “we acknowledge its interface with CS-11 and the likely impact of both schemes on borough roads.”

It adds: “As information regarding the construction programme for HS2 becomes available, this should be taken into consideration by TfL, as agreed at the Hampstead public meeting on March 16 2016.”

The response is critical of the traffic modelling done by TfL prior to consultation, and calls for “further modelling using the most up-to-date and relevant traffic data, whilst working closely with the boroughs to address any concerns.”

Camden’s letter also raises “particular concerns” about possible delays to buses and increased bus journey times on Adelaide Road for routes CS11 and 31.

It said: “The council seeks further detail on the potential for mitigation of impacts to key bus routes.”

Camden’s response also raises the possibility that pedestrians forced to wait longer to cross roads because of CS-11 might resort to crossing “in an unsafe manner”, and calls on TfL to provide further clarity regarding wait times.

TfL’s proposal to ban right turns from Finchley Road southbound into Hillgrove Road is said to cause “significant concern” due to the likely diversion route being on sensitive borough roads.

Daniel Howard, who started a petition against the scheme which quickly gathered more than 4,000 signatures, said he welcomed the council’s response - but wished it had been made available earlier.

He said: “We actually did an FOI to obtain it because they wouldn’t release it during purdah, whereas Westminster Council released theirs and came out firmly against the scheme.

“But it’s encouraging to see that Camden Council officers are raising many of the same concerns we did.”

Mr Howard said he was also feeling hopeful after new Mayor Sadiq Khan pledged to look again at three consultations on proposed cycle-superhighways, including CS-11.

He said: “We are still hoping they might re-run the whole consultation from scratch. It’s definitely significant that the council are highlighting that HS2 was not factored into the initial traffic modelling, and surely, at some point, common sense has to prevail.

“We have always said we are not anti-cycling - we are just anti this scheme.”

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

09:48

Opponents of the 100 Avenue Road development suffered a major blow last night as Camden voted through a controversial plan that will funnel seven lorries a day through residential streets in Swiss Cottage.

Yesterday, 17:35

The families left homeless by the fire that destroyed the upper floors of Willow House in East Finchley last week said Barnet Council treated them “like ants to be squashed” in the immediate aftermath of the fire.

Yesterday, 12:44

The Temple Fortune community was celebrating on Tuesday after Barnet’s Finchley and Golders Green planning committee unanimously rejected plans to build housing on the old Templars Tennis Club.

Yesterday, 12:10

Tens of thousands of pounds, weapons and drugs were seized after searching a garage in the Peckwater Estate on Tuesday morning.

Yesterday, 11:55

Passengers on the Barking to Gospel Oak line have become used to delays and disruption in recent times.

Wed, 17:58

A man has been convicted over the “senseless” stabbing of a Dutch man in Camden Lock in 2016.

Wed, 17:04

Camden Council will correct a sign that says a park will be closed every day at dusk, despite it having no way to shut it.

Wed, 13:01

A Cumbrian couple have been left scared for their property after receiving a bailiff’s letter demanding council tax for a Maida Vale property they have no connection to.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now