The impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Camden’s streets

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created new road safety challenges in Camden.

We want to make it easier and safer for people to walk and cycle locally, shop on their local high street, reach their local green spaces, schools and NHS sites, all while maintaining physical distancing.

We are also looking to tackle future challenges caused by changes in the way that people travel once lockdown restrictions are eased. This includes a predicted rise in walking, cycling and car use with people less likely to choose public transport. Thank you to everyone who suggested changes via our dedicated Commonplace map.

Overall the number of vehicles using our roads is down but speeding has increased as a minority of irresponsible drivers take advantage of quieter roads. Across London, during the lockdown period, some average speeds were recorded at 37mph on 20mph roads. Locally, areas of Camden which already suffered from speeding problems have seen speed increases of as much as 13%.

As the lockdown is eased there is expected to be a rise in walking, cycling and car use – as both public transport capacity decreases due to social distancing, and people choose alternative means of travel. This change in the way people travel will mean extra pressure on streets. 

Early modelling by TfL has revealed there could be more than a 10-fold increase in kilometres cycled, and up to five times the amount of walking, compared to pre-COVID levels. We have already started to see this reflected in Camden. Weekend cycle flows at our three automatic cycle count point sites have recorded an average increase of 120% in cycling levels this May compared to last. 

We are also aware that physical distancing requirements have meant that some areas of pavement are now too narrow for pedestrians to use safely.  

You can read the single member decision report on our phase 1 changes and the non-key officer decision report for phase 2.

What changes we are making

To respond to these challenges quickly we are making a series of safety-based changes to streets in Camden.

This includes widening pavements and reducing through traffic on residential streets. This will make it easier for people to access amenities and to use local roads to journey to key destinations or simply for exercise while staying 2m apart. 

We have identified a number of locations across the borough to begin to tackle these safety issues. These initial locations have been chosen as they meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • New safety issues involving physical distancing, walking or cycling have been highlighted to us as a result of Coronavirus (COVID-19) 
  • Before the pandemic there had already been some local community engagement from existing projects which highlighted issues which we are looking to address
  • They are areas where we can make it easier and safer for people maintaining physical distancing while walking and cycling locally, to shop, reach their local green spaces, schools and NHS sites.

You can see the progress of the transport schemes across Camden since lockdown via our progress map.
 

Share your views

We know that there is an immediate need for these safety improvements in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) so we are using Experimental Traffic Orders for each location except for locations where we are only widening the pavement and the Goods Lane cycle improvements. These Experimental Traffic Orders, once made, can be brought into force relatively quickly.

We have already consulted with statutory emergency services on these changes, who have raised no objections. We are also notifying local residents, businesses and stakeholder groups within the local area as well as adding information on the street.

You can read the notification letters below:

Experimental schemes: 

Pavement widening schemes:

The experimental schemes  will run for 18 months and you are able to comment at any time on the changes we have implemented. The Council would like to carry out a full public consultation after the experimental scheme has run for 12 months and will take a decision as to whether it can do this nearer the time in light of the circumstances then prevailing.

This consultation will then inform the Council’s decision as to whether, at the end of the 18-month experiment, the changes should be made permanent. Traffic levels will also be monitored, as required, on relevant streets after the scheme is implemented.

If you have any further questions or comments on the measures email: safetravel@Camden.gov.uk or call us on 020 7974 4444.

If you have a request for a Healthy School Street or would like to give feedback on existing schemes, please email: healthy.school.streets@camden.gov.uk

Improvements to cycling facilities

What is the challenge?

We know that more people are cycling due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). It is important that people travelling by bike are able to do so as safely and as comfortably as possible, and we know that many people will be taking up cycling for the first time or may be less experienced cycling on London’s busy roads. We have ambitious plans for our cycle network. This map (PDF) shows where we would like to add new pop up cycle lanes. We are currently applying for funding from TfL and the Department for Transport and information on upcoming schemes will be added below. 

Changes so far

We are improving or adding new cycling facilities at the following locations:

New cycle storage facilities and dockless bike hire bays

In support to the new and improved cycle ways we are adding new residential cycle storage facilities at various locations across the borough including at:

  • Ampton Place
  • Gilden Crescent
  • Islip Street
  • Parkhill Road 
  • Regents Square
  • Rochester Square

These locations provide covered and secured storage for bikes allowing more people to keep bikes, especially where indoor space is limited. 

We are also going to be delivering a network of dockless bike hire bays, starting with 70 bays in the area of the borough south of the Euston Road, providing a high quality alternative to public transport and freeing up pavement space for pedestrian movement and social distancing. 

Goods Way - what are we doing?

We have improved the existing cycle lanes on Goods Way between Kings Boulevard and Pancras Road making it safer for cyclists. This includes:

  • Widening the existing cycle lanes from 1.5m to 2.2m in both directions
  • Adding “flexible wands” to separate the cycle lane from motor traffic
  • Adding extra signage to ensure that we can enforce  any vehicles illegally waiting or loading in the cycle lane
  • Adding additional signage to ensure that motor vehicles are more aware of cyclists

You can download a drawing of the changes we have made here and view the decision report on our website here.

Gray's Inn Road - what are we doing?

Approval has now been given on a new scheme to improve cycling and walking along Gray’s Inn Road. The scheme was consulted on in winter 2019 and will bring road safety benefits and improvements to the public realm in this busy area. 

We are making the following changes:

  • New segregated cycle lanes in both directions on Gray’s Inn Road between Harrison Street and High Holborn making it safer and easier for cyclists to travel around the area.
  • Cycling improvements at the junction with Ampton Street/ Sidmouth Street and Calthorpe Street/ Guilford Street.
  • New continuous pavements at selected junctions with side streets giving pedestrians priority in these location.
  • Bus stops along the corridor are to be consolidated (reduced in number and relocated to maintain spacing) to minimize the impact on bus journey times and journey reliability.
  • Relocating parking and loading provision onto neighbouring side streets giving more space for pedestrians and cyclists while still supporting local business and resident use.

While this scheme was not designed in response to Coronavirus it will reallocate road space to favour pedestrians and cyclists giving more space for people to physically distance.

As there is an immediate need for these safety improvements in response to Coronavirus we are using an Experimental Traffic Order, during the trial period we will work closely with businesses on Gray’s Inn Road to establish a sustainable and strategic Freight Action Plan for this corridor. Once made this order can be brought into force relatively quickly. The experimental scheme will run for 18 months and you are able to comment at any time on the changes we have implemented. 

At the end of the trial period, we will not carry out another full public consultation on whether or not to make the scheme permanent. The decision on whether or not to make this scheme permanent will be taken using feedback provided and data collected during the trial period, as well as consideration of how this scheme contributes towards delivering Camden’s transport policies.

You can view the decision report on our website.

Prince of Wales Road - what are we doing?

We are currently installing a Westbound cycle lane on Prince of Wales Road, maintaining parking bays on the southern side of the road. As part of our COVID-19 Emergency response we will now be installing an eastbound cycle lane on Prince of Wales Road making it safer for cyclists, which includes:

  • Installing a 1.5m to 2m cycle lane, protected by “flexible wands” to separate the cycle lane from motor traffic.
  • Removal all of parking bays from the northern side of Prince of Wales Road, between Haverstock Hill and Grafton Road (including 46 resident parking bays, a car club bay and a loading bay).
  • Installing Shared Use Bus Stop Boarders to ensure those cycling can pass the bus stops more safely; whilst allowing bus passengers to board and alight.
  • Converting the existing zebra crossings to allow cyclists to cross the road safely.
  • Adding additional signage to ensure that motor vehicles are more aware of cyclists

You can view the decision report which includes full details on the changes and drawings on our website.

York Way - what are we doing?


York Way is a busy cycle route with over 1300 people cycling each day. It also has a poor road safety record for cycling with 15 cycling casualties recorded over the past 3 years.

Transport for London have identified York Way as a high priority route for installing pop-up cycle lanes due to its useful north-south alignment. It leads cyclists to many other new and existing protected cycle routes helping people get into central London via Euston Road and Gray’s Inn Road. York Way was highlighted by 13 people via our online engagement tool (now closed but you can read the comments), with a further 61 people supporting their suggestions for improved cycling conditions in this location.

What will the work involve?

York Way is lengthy, and varies in its complexity and challenges so the project will be delivered in three phases, each following in quick succession over the summer of 2020: 

Phase 1 – Installation of protected cycle lanes in the southern half of York Way (between Wharfdale Road and Freight Lane) 

Phase 2 – Installation of protected cycle lanes in the northern half of York Way (between Freight Lane and Cliff Road/Hungerford Road). Installation of Shared Use Bus Boarders on northbound side of York Way.

Phase 3 – Changes to signalised junctions along the whole cycle route to improve safety for cyclists at junctions. 

Phases 2 and 3 are subject to further approvals.

Upcoming work this July

Phase 1 of the York Way cycle lane scheme (Wharfdale Road to Freight Lane) will start work from the 6th July and includes the following changes:

  • Installing protected mandatory cycle lanes of between 1.5m and 2.5 metres wide on both sides of the road wherever possible, leaving a minimum vehicular travel lane (3.25m wide) in each direction.
  • Installing temporary ‘kerb and wands’ inside the white cycle lane marking to protect cyclists.  Where there is a need for vehicles to reach ‘inset’ parking, rubber ‘orca’ kerbs will be installed to allow vehicles to drive over them.
  • Lengthening of advanced stop lines for cyclists at each junction to allow more space for cyclists to wait at junctions.
  • Installing of Shared Use Bus Boarders at northbound bus stops, to maintain protection of cyclists around bus stops, whilst still enabling bus passengers to board and alight from buses at the same level. 
  • Removing paid and residential parking near Copenhagen Street to enable a safe continuous, cycle facility to be built leading up to the junction. 
  • Removing off-peak hours parking facility on York Way between Crinan Street and Wharfdale Road. 
  • Restricting the ability for vehicles to load next to the kerb between Freight Lane and Crinan Street to create an uninterrupted, safe cycling route.

You can view the drawings of these changes (PDF) and images of some of the features to be installed including kerb and wands, orcas and shared use bus borders via the letter sent to residents and stakeholders (PDF).

You can also access the confirmed decision for this scheme.

Healthy School Streets

We are introducing a number of new healthy school streets as part of our response to the challenges of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on our streets.

To find out more on these schemes visit our healthy school streets pages

Clarence Way and Hartland Road

What are the challenges on Clarence Way and Hartland Road?

We know from previous engagement with the local community, from the Camden Town Low Emission Neighbourhood Commonplace map, and stakeholders, such as Holy Trinity & St. Silas School, that there is a concern that these streets are being used by motor vehicles as a short cut between Chalk Farm Road, Prince of Wales Road and Kentish Town Road. There was also a concern of dangerous driving. In order to respond to this issue we have added bollards throughout the area to create a lower traffic area.

What will the work involve?

The changes we have made on Clarence Way and Hartland Road are as follows to prevent through traffic:

  • Installing droppable bollards at the junction of Harmood Street and Clarence Way
  • Installing droppable bollards on Hartland Road north of the junction with Clarence Way (at Holy Trinity & St. Silas School/Church)
  • Installing a ‘No Motor Vehicle Sign’ on Hartland Road northeast of the junction of (the western part of) Hawley Road
  • Amendment 23/6/2020:
    • We are changing the recently installed vehicular traffic prohibition (‘No Motor Vehicle Sign’) on Hartland Road, near the junction of Hawley Road, from a signage only vehicle prohibition to a physical vehicle prohibition using bollards.

Access to all properties on both sides of the restriction has been maintained so residents are still able to reach their homes by car and receive home deliveries but through-traffic has been prevented. Pedestrians and cyclists can continue to travel through at all times. Emergency services and bin collection teams can lower the bollard for access.

This change has reduced the amount of cars moving through these streets making it safer for people walking and cycling locally, to shop, reach Castlehaven open space and Holy Trinity and St. Silas School.

View the drawings of these changes (PDF)

View the updated drawing of the bollards on Hartland Road and Hawley Road Junction (PDF)

Chetwynd Road

What is the challenge on Chetwynd Road?

There is a very narrow pavement on what is a busy residential street popular as a route to various Hampstead schools and Hampstead Heath. We are aware of pressures for space particularly as parking is provided on the pavement making it very challenging to use a wheelchair or push buggies. Wider pavements in this location have also been requested via the Commonplace map to assist physical distancing. 

In order to respond to the challenge of narrow pavements in this location we are going to be temporarily widening sections by removing parking bays to create passing places for pedestrians, making it easier for people to maintain a physical distance while moving through this area.   

What will the work involve?

The changes we will be making on both sides of Chetwynd Road include creating new wider spaces on the pavement for pedestrians by removing parking bays.  We will be using temporary barriers to mark out these new spaces:

  • We will remove 5m of parking space every 10 to 15m of resident permit holders parking bays to accommodate passing space for pedestrians 
  • This will create new wider pockets of pavement between 3.1m – 3.4m wide.
  • Approximately 19 spaces were approved to be removed, however 3 of these will now not be removed. These are location on the southern side between York Rise and Highgate Road. 
  • This will not be noisy work 

You can view drawings of these changes drawing 1 and drawing 2 (updated 16.6.20). (PDF)

Constantine Road and Savernake Road

What is the challenge on Constantine Road and Savernake Road?

We know that these roads have a high volume of motor vehicles as people use Savernake Road to avoid the junction at Agincourt Road and Mansfield Road. Additionally previous local engagement relating to the Gospel Oak Healthy School Street scheme has highlighted a wish for an extension to the restrictions already in place.

Following the recent consultation, the Healthy School Street scheme has been made permanent, subject to statutory process as per the published decision.

In order to respond to this challenge we have added bollards on Savernake Road outside the entrance to Hampstead Heath between Lisburne Road and Roderick Road to prevent through-motor traffic.

What will the work involve?

The change we have made on Constantine Road and Savernake Road is as follows:

  • Preventing through-motor traffic along Constantine Road/Savernake Road by installing droppable bollards between Roderick Road and Lisburne Road (near the entrance to Hampstead Heath). 

Access to all properties on both sides of the restriction has been maintained so residents are still able to reach their homes by car and receive deliveries but through-traffic is prevented. Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to travel through at all times. Emergency services and bin collection teams are able to lower the bollards for access.

This change reduces the amount of cars moving along Constantine Road and Savernake Road making it safer for people walking and cycling locally, to shop, reach the entrance to Hampstead Heath, Gospel Oak Primary School and the Royal Free Hospital. 

View the drawings of these changes (PDF)

Hampstead High Street

What is the challenge on Hampstead High Street?

On Hampstead High Street specifically we know that there are sections of very narrow pavement. This is a popular destination for both residents and visitors and we have received requests for urgent action to mitigate busy locations outside Hampstead tube station, Gail’s Bakery, the Post Office and the Hampstead Butcher where queues have made it difficult for other pedestrians to pass by. In addition wider pavements have been requested via the Commonplace map to assist physical distancing. 

In order to respond to the challenge of narrow pavements in this location we are going to be temporarily widening sections, making it easier for people to maintain a physical distance while shopping, queuing or moving through this area.   

What will the work involve?

The changes we will be making on Hampstead High Street include widening the pavement in the following locations using temporary barriers to protect pedestrians from vehicles:

  • Outside Gail’s Bakery – removing all parking bays between the junction of Heath Street and the bakery creating an extra 2m space for pedestrians
  • Outside the Post Office – removing a motorcycle parking bay and part of a loading bay creating an extra 2m for pedestrians
  • Outside The Hampstead Butcher – removing resident permit holder parking bays creating an extra 1.58m for pedestrians 
  • Opposite Hampstead tube station – removing one lane of traffic to create 3.9m of pavement for pedestrians
  • This will not be noisy work

You can view drawings of these changes. Drawing 1 and drawing 2. (PDF)

Kentish Town Road

What is the challenge on Kentish Town Road?

On Kentish Town Road specifically we know that there are sections of very narrow pavements on what is a busy high street. We are aware of pressures for space particularly on the stretch between Prince of Wales Road and Leighton Road on the western side which has 4 supermarkets. This section is too narrow for people to pass and queue for the supermarkets while maintaining physical distance.

At present we are aware of pedestrians having to put themselves at risk by stepping out into the road or having to walk close to others. Wider pavements in this location have also been requested via the Commonplace map to assist physical distancing.

In order to respond to the challenge of narrow pavements in this location we are going to be temporarily widening sections, making it easier for people to maintain a physical distance while shopping, queuing or moving through this area.   


What will the work involve?

The changes we will be making on Kentish Town Road include widening the pavement in the following locations creating up to 2.8m of extra space in some locations.  We will be using temporary barriers to protect pedestrians from vehicles:

  • Outside Sainsbury’s – removing loading/pay by phone parking bays and creating extra space for pedestrians
  • Outside Tesco – taking an area of road space creating extra space for pedestrians
  • Outside Lidl and on the junction with Anglers Lane – taking an area of road space creating extra space for pedestrians
  • Outside Iceland - taking an area of road space creating extra space for pedestrians
  • This will not be noisy work and is expected to start from Friday 12th June outside Tesco and Lidl with the remaining to follow the week after once additional barriers are received.

View drawings of these changes : upper section and lower section(PDF) 

Kilburn High Road

What is the challenge on Kilburn High Road?

We already know from previous local engagement that there are strong local priorities around improving safety, reducing street clutter and improving the local air quality on Kilburn High Road. As a major town centre we know that the pavements are very congested making physical distancing difficult. We have been liaising with Brent Council (who have responsibility for the western side of the road) as we have both received concerns via local groups including the West Hampstead and Amenity Transport Group and Kilburn Life, alongside residents calling for changes to be made to address the narrow pavements.

Brent Council has predicted that as the lockdown continues to ease, the side of Kilburn High Road that belongs to them will be less heavily congested due to the lower number of supermarkets along that side of the road.

In line with our partners and Brent Council, we would therefore encourage those not using the supermarkets to use the western side of Kilburn High Road.

By working together, we aim to increase safe access to retailers while also ensuring that, in particular, emergency vehicles are able to pass along the road easily at this time. 

In order to respond to the challenge of narrow pavements in this location we have temporarily widened sections making it easier for people to maintain a physical distance while shopping, queuing or moving through this area. Brent Council have also widened sections on their side of the road. 

What will the work involve?

The temporary changes we have made on Kilburn High Road are as follows:

  • Widening the pavement on the eastern side between Willesden Lane and Belsize Road using temporary barriers to protect pedestrians from vehicles 
  • Where possible increasing the total width of pavement to 5.8m to allow people to pass each other and allow queuing. Where queuing is not taking place we are aiming for a minimum width of 3.2m where possible

View drawings of these changes (PDF) 

Millfield Lane

What are the challenges on Millfield Lane?

On Milfield Lane specifically we know that there are sections of very narrow footway and a lack of footway outside Millfield Cottage. This is a residential street which is a popular route to access Hampstead Heath. Due to the lack of pavement in this location pedestrians have been seen having to step out into the road on a bend where there is limited visibility which is a safety concern.

Additionally the narrow road often forces cars to reverse to let other cars pass causing an added hazard for pedestrians trying to physically distance along the narrow pavements .Wider footways have also been requested via the Commonplace map to assist physical distancing.

In order to respond to the challenge of narrow pavements and a lack of visibility on the bend we are going to be temporarily widening sections, and changing the layout of the road making it easier for people to maintain a physical distance while accessing the heath. In addition, we are going to change the road to one way for motor traffic between 16 Millfield lane and the junction with Merton Lane.


What will the work involve?

The changes we will be making on Millfield Lane include widening the pavement in the following locations using temporary barriers to protect pedestrians from vehicles and increasing visibility on the bend in the road:

  • Outside 16 Millfield Lane – removing one permit holder bay to increase visibility around the bend
  • Outside 22 and 24 Millfield Lane – removing 15m of parking space to allow the road to be narrowed to create a new pavement space for pedestrians on the side of Hampstead Heath of between 1.2m and 3.5m wide protected by water filled barriers
  • Between the bend and the junction with Merton Lane – changing Millfield Lane to one way northbound for motor traffic to reduce hazardous vehicle movements
  • The road will remain two way for cyclists
  • This will not be noisy work

You can view drawings showing the change to this location. Drawing 1 and drawing 2 and overview drawing.

Prowse Place

What is the challenge on Prowse Place?


We know that this area is often used as a rat- run between Camden Street and Royal College Street/St.Pancras Way. This has been highlighted by local residents as an issue that will be heightened by TfL’s proposal for a banned left turn from Camden Street into Camden Road. 

To respond to this challenge this scheme will restrict through traffic on Prowse Place. This would reduce the number of vehicles using this very narrow railway bridge underpass and make those of streets bounded by Camden Road, Camden Street and Royal College Street into a Low Traffic Neighbourhood. 


What will the work involve?
 

The changes we will be making on Prowse Place are as follows to prevent through traffic:

  • Installing a ‘droppable’ bollards (which can be dropped temporarily by emergency services and refuse vehicles) between Bonny Street and Ivor Street.

Access to all properties on both sides of the restriction will be maintained so people can still reach their homes by car and receive home deliveries but through-traffic will be prevented. Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to travel through at all times. Emergency services and bin collection teams will be able to lower the bollard for access.

This change will reduce the amount of cars moving through these streets making it safer for people walking and cycling locally while also enable people to socially distance while walking under the railway bridge arch.


View the drawings of these changes (PDF) 

Red Lion Street and Dane Street

What are the challenges on Red Lion Street and Dane Street ?


We know from previous engagement with local Ward Councillors that there is a 
‘rat-running’ issue between Theobalds Road and Procter Street/High Holborn. Suggestions to reduce through traffic have also been made on the Making Travel in Safer in Camden Commonplace by members of the public. 

To respond to this challenge we will be adding bollards on to Dane Street and Red Lion Street to prevent through traffic. This will reduce the number of vehicles using both Red Lion Street and  Dane Street, as a short cut from Theobalds Road (A401) and to the A40 (Procter Street and High Holborn) for vehicles wishing to avoid the signals at Theobalds Road and Procter St. 

What will the work involve?
 

The changes we will be making on Dane Street and Red Lion Street are as follows to prevent through traffic:

  • Installing droppable fixed and removable bollards and “Motor Vehicles Prohibited” signage between the two existing parking bays on Dane Street
  • Dane Street will become two way, but no access through the bollards (except cycles, emergency services and refuse vehicles)
  • Install droppable fixed and removable bollards, and “Motor Vehicles Prohibited” signage on Red Lion Street at the junction with Princeton Street
  • Remove 1 business parking bay and post on Red Lion Street
  • Temporary signage stating ‘Red Lion Street closed ahead for motor vehicles’ will be placed at the junction of Red Lion Street and Theobalds Road and at the junction of High Holborn and Red Lion Street
  • Temporary signage stating “No access to High Holborn for motor vehicles” at the junction of Bedford Row and Princeton Street
  • Install “Motor Vehicles Prohibited” signage on Red Lion Street to the south of the zebra crossing

This scheme will restrict through traffic on Dane Street and Red Lion Street via the introduction of ‘droppable’ bollard (which can be dropped temporarily by emergency services and refuse vehicles). 

These changes will reduce the amount of cars moving through these streets making it safer for people walking and cycling in the area. 
 

View the drawings of these changes (PDF) 

Sandall Road

What is the challenge on Sandall Road?

We know from previous engagement with the local community and stakeholders during the Kentish Town Healthy Streets project that there is a concern that drivers are using Sandall Road to travel east to west from the A503 (Camden Road) to the A400 (Kentish Town Road) through an area of residential streets. In order to respond to this issue we have added a bollard on Sandall Road near to the entrance to Cantelowes Gardens.

What will the work involve?

The change we have made on Sandall Road is as follows:

  • Preventing through-motor traffic along Sandall Road by installing a droppable bollard near the junction with Camden Road 

Access to all properties on both sides of the restriction has been maintained so residents are still able to reach their homes by car and receive home deliveries but through-traffic has been prevented. Pedestrians and cyclists can continue to travel through at all times. Emergency services and bin collection teams can lower the bollard for access.

This change reduces the amount of through traffic travelling between Camden Road and Kentish Town Road via Sandall Road making it safer for people walking and cycling locally, to shop, reach the entrance to Cantelowes Garden and Camden School for Girls.

View the drawings of these changes (PDF)

Swain's Lane

What is the challenge on Swain’s Lane?

We know from the Making Travel in Safer in Camden Commonplace platform, that a number of suggestions to reduce through traffic on Swain’s Lane have been made in addition to concerns over the lack of room for physical distancing.

There have also been comments on rat running suggesting that traffic use Swain's Lane as a cut through to avoid Highgate West Hill and Dartmouth Park Hill, as well as issues of speeding traffic and cyclists feeling unsafe.

To respond to these challenges we will be preventing through traffic in order to prevent this rat running and reduce the ability of cars to speed in the area. 

What will the work involve?

The changes we will be making on Swain’s Lane are as follows to prevent through traffic:

  • Installing signage to ban a right turn at two locations on the northern end of Swain’s Lane
  • Installing signage to ban a right turn from Swain’s Lane into Bisham Gardens and from Swain’s Lane into South Grove Place

There is a risk that the signs will not be adhered to by all motorists and therefore officers will monitor the effectiveness of the scheme and install Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera(s) if repeat infringements occur. 

Access to all properties will be maintained so residents will still be able to reach their homes by car and receive home deliveries but through-traffic from Highgate West Hill to Highgate High Street via Swain’s Lane will be prevented via the banned turns. Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to travel through at all times. Emergency services and bin collection teams will be able to lower the bollard for access.

View the drawings of these changes (PDF) 

Well Walk

What is the challenge on Well Walk?

On Well Walk specifically we know that there are sections of very narrow pavement. This is a popular route for both residents and visitors accessing Hampstead Heath. In addition wider pavements have also been requested via the Commonplace map to assist physical distancing. 

In order to respond to the challenge of narrow pavements in this location we are going to be temporarily widening sections, making it easier for people to maintain a physical distance while accessing their local green space in addition to the customers of the Wells Tavern once they reopen.    

What will the work involve?

The changes we will be making on Well Walk include widening the pavement in the following locations using temporary barriers to protect pedestrians from vehicles:

  • Between Gainsborough Gardens and Christchurch Hill outside The Wells Tavern – removing 51m of resident permit holder parking bays creating extra space for pedestrians to walk to their local green space while limiting their need to step into the road
  • Pedestrians will be protected from the road by water filled barriers and gaps left for refuse collection
  • This will not be noisy work 

You can view drawings of these changes (PDF)
 

Wilmot Place

What is the challenge on Wilmot Place?

We know from previous engagement with the local community and stakeholders from the Kentish Town Healthy Streets project Commonplace map that there is a concern that Wilmot Place and Rochester Road are being used by motor vehicles to avoid the junction of St Pancras Way and Camden Road. In order to respond to this issue we have added barriers and a bollard on Wilmot Place near the junction of Wilmot Place and St Pancras Way to prevent through traffic.

What will the work involve?

The change we have made on Wilmot Place is as follows:

  • Preventing through-motor traffic along Wilmot Place and Rochester Road by installing barriers and a droppable bollard near the junction of Wilmot Place and St Pancras Way. 

Access to all properties on both sides of the restriction has been maintained so residents are still able to reach their homes by car and receive home deliveries but through-traffic is prevented. Pedestrians and cyclists can continue to travel through at all times. Emergency services and bin collection teams are able to lower the bollard for access.

This change reduces the amount of motor vehicles moving through these streets making it safer for people walking and cycling locally, to shop and reach the entrance to Rochester Terrace Gardens.

View the drawings of these changes (PDF)

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