The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created new road safety challenges in Camden. Camden Council 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. This has also provided the opportunity to look at how future challenges can be tackled 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.
To respond to these challenges quickly, the council are making a series of safety-based changes to streets in Camden.
- In partnership with Transport for London (TfL) new space for pedestrians has already been created between Mornington Crescent and Britannia Junction on the eastern side of Camden High Street.
- Parts of the pavement on the eastern side of Kilburn High Road have been widened to make it easier for pedestrians to keep 2m apart from others.
- Restriction of through traffic on residential streets by introducing a mixture of bollards and signage at four locations in Camden: Constantine Road / Savernake Road, Sandall Road, Wilmot Place and at Clarence Way and Hartland Road.
- Improvements to the existing cycle lanes on Goods Way between Kings Boulevard and Pancras Road by widening the existing cycle lanes from 1.5m to 2.2m in both directions and adding ‘flexible wands’ to separate the cycle lane from motor traffic.
These are just the start of some of the changes that the council are looking to make with more locations being explored.
The council are asking for suggestions for other locations where changes could be made, these suggestions can be submitted via a simple interactive map which can be accessed here.
Alternatively you can email Camden’s transport team at: email@example.com or call 020 7974 4444.