Section 9: Balls Pond Road - Options A & B

Closed 29 Mar 2015

Opened 16 Feb 2015

Overview

 

Section 9: Balls Pond Road - Options A & B

This section would pass along a higher-traffic main road, and there are two proposed options to make cycling safer. Both would require the removal of 75 metres of under-used bus lane and some parking bays. Proposals include:

  • Cycle lanes or cycle tracks replace 75 metres of bus lane to improve cyclist safety
  • Improved junctions to make journeys safer
  • Changes to parking restrictions
  • Changes to pedestrians crossings
  • Existing speed humps would be rebuilt with a smoother shape, allowing more comfortable journeys for all road users
  • Where the following roads form part of CS1, they would be resurfaced to make journeys safer and more comfortable: Kingsbury Road, Balls Pond Road and Culford Road
  • Logos and signs would help wayfinding for cyclists

     

Option A proposals include:

CS1 Section 9 Option A

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Section 9: Balls Pond Road - Option A

 

Cycle lanes replace section of bus lane

We would remove 75 metres of bus lane on the northern side of Balls Pond Road to make space for new advisory cycle lanes in each direction, providing safer passage for cyclists between Culford Road and Kingsbury Road. Our research shows nearly 9 out of 10 buses don’t use this lane, so this is not expected to affect journey times significantly.

Safer junctions

Two new sets of traffic islands would protect turning cyclists on main road and provide safer crossings for pedestrians:

  • Junction of Culford Road and Balls Pond Road (includes an informal pedestrian crossing with tactile paving)
  • Junction of Kingsbury Road and Balls Pond Road
     

Parking

  • Two parking bays on Balls Pond Road reduced by 6 metres each
  • Parking bay on Kingsbury Road extended 3 metres
     

Option B (subject to feasibility) proposals include:

CS1 Section 9 Option B

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Section 9: Balls Pond Road - Option B

 

Cycle track

As in Option A, 75 metres of bus lane would be removed from the northern side of Balls Pond Road. However, in this option it would be replaced by a 2.5 metre wide two-way cycle track on the northern side of Balls Pond Road. This would be subject to technical feasibility. Our research shows nearly 9 out of 10 buses don’t use this lane, so this is not expected to affect journey times significantly.
 

Safer junctions

  • Segregated two-way track to link Balls Pond Road and Kingsbury Road, providing safe cycling in both directions. Footway on corner of Kingsbury Road reduced to make space for cycle track
  • New signalised junction, providing safer cycling between Culford Road and segregated cycle track on Balls Pond Road
     

Parking

  • 75 metres of single yellow line on Balls Pond Road changed to double yellow
  • Parking bay on Balls Pond Road reduced by 20 metres
  • Parking bay on Culford Road reduced by 18 metres
  • Parking bay on Kingsbury Road extended 3 metres
     

Pedestrian crossings

  • Two new signalised pedestrian crossings where Culford Road meets Balls Pond Road, with enlarged footway at crossing point
  • Pedestrian crossing across Balls Pond Road near Kingsbury Road removed
     

Impact on journey times

The proposed route for CS1 is expected to have minimal impact on other road users, including general traffic and bus passengers because, for much of its length, CS1 would run along residential streets, away from the majority of car, freight and bus traffic.

However, some changes in journey times for general traffic and buses are expected at the junction of Mildmay Road and Boleyn Road/Crossway, where CS1 crosses Old Street and Great Eastern Street, and at Balls Pond Road if option B is chosen.

For details, please read the CS1 traffic impact statement.

 

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Public
  • Stakeholders
  • Local residents
  • Local businesses
  • Schools
  • London Boroughs
  • Coach Operators
  • Taxi trade
  • Transport for London
  • Taxi customers and other stakeholders

Interests

  • Cycling