Torrington Place to Tavistock Place Experimental Traffic Changes

Temporary traffic changes

In November 2015, Camden Council introduced a trial of temporary traffic changes on the east/west route that includes the streets Torrington Place, Byng Place, Gordon Square, Tavistock Square and Tavistock Place. The changes were introduced using an experimental traffic order.

Camden Council consulted on the possibility of making the temporary traffic changes permanent in Autumn 2016. The consultation received over 15,000 responses,  the largest response the Council has ever received to a consultation. The consultation documents can be viewed online.

On 22 February 2017, Cabinet agreed to the below

1. The Council will maintain the experimental traffic order (ETO) relating to the Torrington Place / Tavistock Place corridor, keeping the current trial layout as it is, and will take steps to progress towards making it permanent. The Cabinet will not make a final decision as to whether to make it permanent, until it receives a further report from officers (see 3). 

2. A public inquiry will be held to further examine the merits of the scheme. 

3. Once the public inquiry has been held, Cabinet will be asked to look again at the scheme, taking into account the report of the Inquiry Inspector, and then to decide whether to maintain or remove it, and, if they do maintain it, whether to make any improvements to it.

For further information see the Cabinet papers and minutes of the meeting

Update: Thursday, 11 May, 2017


The Secretary of State for Transport has recently granted an extension to the Experimental Traffic Order until 1 November 2017. 

On 22 February 2017, Cabinet resolved that the proposed Order (which has the sole effect of reproducing and continuing in force indefinitely the provisions of the ETO) should be pursued, subject to relevant statutory processes being followed, including the holding of a Public Inquiry conducted by an independent Inspector, which will give people likely to be affected by the proposed Order the opportunity to make representations on it.

Following the Public Inquiry and the publication of the Inspector’s Report, a further report will then be taken back to the Council’s Cabinet with a view to making a final decision on whether or not to make the ETO permanent and deciding whether or not any potential improvements should be progressed.

More information on the proposal and the reasons for taking it forward can be seen here

As required by law, the Council publicised the proposed Order on Thursday 11 May, by publishing a copy of the Notice in the London Gazette, the Camden New Journal and the Ham & High and by affixing further copies of the Notice in visible locations in and near to some of the roads that will be affected by the proposed Order.  

The Notice can be seen here

The Notice sets out what the effect of the proposed Order will be.  It also provides details of the Public Inquiry that will be held to consider the proposed Order and the date by which representations need to be made (and the address to which they need to be sent), and gives notification of the Secretary of State’s recent direction continuing the ETO in force until 1st November.

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