Section 1 - Swiss Cottage

Closed 20 Mar 2016

Opened 8 Feb 2016

Overview

We want to make Swiss Cottage a better place to live and work, while also making it easier and safer for people to move through the area.  We are proposing to remove the one-way system at Swiss Cottage, transforming the environment for pedestrians and cyclists and creating a new public space on Avenue Road.

Proposals include:

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Detailed proposals

Making Avenue Road, between College Crescent and Adelaide Road bus only southbound with a segregated cycle track in both directions.

  • Only cyclists and local buses would be allowed to use Avenue Road. Buses (routes 13, 46, 82, 113, 187 and C11)  would still serve Avenue Road southbound towards central London. North or westbound buses would continue to serve Finchley Road. Coaches and taxis would be required to use Finchley Road or Adelaide Road. Other motor traffic would not be permitted to use Avenue Road between the junction with Finchley Road & College Crescent and the junction with Adelaide Road
  • A fully segregated 2m wide cycle track would be introduced in both directions on this section of Avenue Road
  • The northbound carriageway on this section of Avenue Road would only be used for access to the underground car park and other facilities below Regent’s Lodge and the Odeon Cinema. The northbound carriageway would also occasionally be used by local buses when curtailed to regulate the service. Access to the northbound carriageway would be from Adelaide Road only. Motorised traffic heading north from central London using Avenue Road south of Swiss Cottage would only be able to turn left onto Adelaide Road
  • A new central island would be introduced where we intend to plant a new row of trees (ground conditions permitting)
  • These changes provide the opportunity to create a better space for pedestrians and cyclists on Avenue Road. A new public space with seating would be created near Swiss Cottage library and leisure centre

 

An artist's impression of Avenue Road, Northbound
 

Adelaide Road would become two-way for all traffic

  • Adelaide Road would become two-way for all traffic, with three westbound and three eastbound general traffic lanes
     

Finchley Road would become two-way for all traffic

  • Finchley Road would become two-way for all traffic, with two northbound and three southbound general traffic lanes
     

Improvements for cyclists at the junction of Finchley Road, College Crescent and Avenue Road

  • Southbound cyclists on Finchley Road would cross the junction using advisory markings to reach the segregated cycle lane on Avenue Road. The left turn from Finchley Road into College Crescent would be banned, removing the risk of conflict with left turning motor vehicles
  • Northbound cyclists using the segregated track on Avenue Road would have their own signal to proceed onto Finchley Road to continue north
  • A mandatory cycle lane is proposed for northbound cyclists on Finchley Road, operational between the hours of 7am and 10pm, in order to allow loading to take place outside of these hours. The cycle lane would end at the pedestrian crossing by Northways Parade, where the northbound bus lane is proposed to begin
  • Advanced Stop Lines would be provided on Finchley Road in both directions
  • To create the new road layout for two-way operation, we would need to remove a number of traffic islands where trees are planted. The three trees on the island in front of College Crescent and the large tree on the island in front of Ye Olde Swiss Cottage pub would need to be removed. We are proposing to plant new trees at this junction to replace those removed, subject to ground conditions, with the aim of planting at least twice as many as we are removing
  • A new 8m wide 'toucan' crossing, allowing pedestrians and cyclists to cross Finchley Road at the same time, would be installed approximately 50m north of the existing 'staggered' crossing. Wider footways and an area of shared footway would be provided to enable cyclists to use this crossing as a link between Belsize Road and Eton Avenue
     

Improvements for pedestrians at the junction of Finchley Road, College Crescent and Avenue Road

  • Crossing College Crescent would be made easier and more direct for pedestrians with the existing pedestrian crossing made straight and moved closer to the junction
  • A new 8m wide 'toucan' crossing, allowing pedestrians and cyclists to cross Finchley Road at the same time, would be installed approximately 50m further north of the existing 'staggered' crossing. Wider footways would be provided, and this area of footway would be shared with cyclists to enable them to use this crossing as a link between Belsize Road and Eton Avenue
     

Improvements for cyclists at the junction of Avenue Road and Adelaide Road

  • Cyclists would cross the junction from the north or south on Avenue Road separately to general traffic using dedicated traffic signals, helping reduce the potential conflict with turning vehicles. Advanced Stop Lines would be provided on both arms of Adelaide Road
  • The existing cycle contra-flow entrance into St John’s Wood Park would be realigned to avoid conflict with the new pedestrian crossing proposed for Adelaide Road
     

Improvements for pedestrians at the junction of Avenue Road and Adelaide Road

  • Footways would be widened where possible around this junction and pedestrian crossings on all arms of the junction would be simplified. A new 8m wide straight pedestrian crossing would be introduced on Adelaide Road (eastern arm) outside the UCL Academy, replacing the 'staggered' crossing currently located 35m further east. Straight pedestrian crossings would be introduced on both arms of Avenue Road (northern and southern arms of the junction). A 'staggered' crossing would be introduced on Adelaide Road (western arm)
  • The four traffic islands currently located in the junction would be removed in order to simplify the pedestrian crossings. The tree currently located on one of these islands would need to be removed. The tree currently located at the junction of St John’s Wood Park and Finchley Road would also need to be removed to allow for the introduction of the new pedestrian crossing.
     

Advanced Stop Lines at the junction of Finchley Road, Hilgrove Road and Adelaide Road

  • Advanced Stop Lines for cyclists would be provided on all arms of the junction
     

Improvements for pedestrians at the junction of Finchley Road, Hilgrove Road and Adelaide Road

  • A new 'staggered' pedestrian crossing would be introduced on the northern arm of the junction
  • Pedestrian crossings on all other arms of the junction would be simplified, with the existing multiple-stage crossings replaced with more direct 'staggered' pedestrian crossings
     

Traffic restrictions

  • The left turn into College Crescent from Finchley Road and the right turn into Finchley Road from College Crescent would be banned
  • The right turn into Hilgrove Road from Finchley Road would be banned
  • Banning these turns would help reduce the potential conflict between cyclists and left turning vehicles. It would also help  ensure these junctions operates as efficiently as possible, minimising the delay to traffic and buses
     

Changes to parking and loading on Avenue Road, Finchley Road and Hilgrove Road

Avenue Road

  • Currently, loading is permitted between 7pm and 7am Monday to Saturday and all day Sunday on the 95m of single red line on the western side of Avenue Road. Avenue Road through Swiss Cottage would become a bus and cycle only street, so loading would no longer be possible at this location
     

Finchley Road – eastern side (changes listed from south to north)

  • The existing 26m loading and disabled parking bay outside Regency Parade would be removed. The single red line at this location would be replaced with double red lines
  • A new 12m inset loading bay would be provided outside the Odeon cinema to serve the needs of shops on Regency Parade
  • The existing 6m disabled parking bay outside the Odeon cinema would be relocated 15m south and inset into the footway, which would be widened
  • The existing 19m parking bay outside the Odeon cinema would be removed
  • A new taxi rank would be provided on Finchley Road next to Swiss Cottage Tube station, operational from 11pm to 6am
  • The existing 30m loading bay outside Northways Parade would be removed
  • The existing 19m parking bay outside 1 Northways Parade would be reduced to 10m and converted to loading only
     

Finchley Road – western side

  • The existing 20m loading bay, 44m parking bay, 20m loading and disabled bay and 22m loading bay outside Harben Parade would be removed, and replaced with a single 40m loading and disabled parking bay, operational between 10pm and 7am
     

Hilgrove Road – northern side

  • The waiting restrictions on the existing single yellow line on the northern side of Hilgrove Road outside Gillies House would be changed.  Currently, no parking is permitted on the single yellow line Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 6.30pm.  To ensure the junction of Finchley Road, Hilgrove Road and Adelaide Road could operate as efficiently as possible, these restrictions would be extended and no parking would be permitted on the single yellow line outside Gillies House on Mondays to Fridays between 7am and 7pm
     

Changes to bus routes serving Swiss Cottage, including re-routing services 31 and 268

Removing the one-way system would mean some changes to the way buses serve Swiss Cottage.

  • Routes 13,  82, 113 and 187: No changes are proposed. Buses would continue to serve stops D or E on Avenue Road southbound and stop L on Finchley Road northbound.
  • Route 31: Buses would serve Adelaide Road in both directions. Buses towards White City would continue to go along Adelaide Road,  Finchley Road and Fairfax Road. Buses towards Camden would be rerouted to go along Hilgrove Road and Adelaide Road serving a new bus stop near to Swiss Cottage Library on Adelaide Road.
  • Route 46: Buses towards St Bartholomew’s Hospital would no longer serve stop M on Finchley Road, which would be removed. Buses would continue to serve stop F on College Crescent.
  • Route 268: Buses would be rerouted to go along Avenue Road through Swiss Cottage in both directions. This would avoid the proposed banned turn between Finchley Road and College Crescent, introducing an extra stop for passengers outside Swiss Cottage station and library. Towards Golders Green, buses would go from Finchley Road along Avenue Road, Adelaide Road and Finchley Road to College Crescent. Towards the O2 Centre, buses would go from College Crescent along Avenue Road, Adelaide Road and Finchley Road.
  • Route 603: Buses towards Muswell Hill would no longer serve stop N on Finchley Road, which would be removed. Buses would continue to serve stop F on College Crescent and stop D on Avenue Road
  • Route C11: Buses towards Brent Cross Shopping Centre would continue to serve stop L on Finchley Road. Buses towards Archway would serve a new stop on Adelaide Road near to Swiss Cottage library instead of stop E on Avenue Road
     

Bus stops: Stops M and N on Finchley Road (currently used by the 46 and the 603) would be removed. Stop K on Hilgrove Road would be relocated further west creating more space for general traffic to pass. A new bus stop would be provided on Adelaide Road outside Swiss Cottage library for the 31.

Bus journey times: Our traffic modelling shows that some bus journey times may be longer, particularly the C11 and the 31 along Adelaide Road. Journey times on the 268 are also likely to increase as this route would serve Avenue Road towards Golders Green. Some bus journey times are expected to improve, with significant journey time savings likely on the 113, 13 and 82 at certain times of day. Other bus journey times would stay broadly the same.

We are looking at the bus routes most affected by our proposals, to see if other changes elsewhere along the routes can help to address these journey time impacts.

More information on journey time impacts along the route and the surrounding roads can be found here [link to journey time section]

 

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How would this impact traffic?

These proposals would mean that journey times for general traffic and some bus routes would change. Some journeys would be expected to improve at certain times of day, particularly southbound traffic during the morning peak. Others would be expected to be longer at certain times of day, particularly around Swiss Cottage. The changes to the road layout and to park access would mean that some traffic would take a different route to get to its destination. Some borough roads would be likely to see an increase in traffic because of these proposals, while other borough roads would see a reduction in traffic volumes.

We would take a number of steps to ensure that the changes made along the route are balanced. We are investing in advanced traffic signal technology to allow us to better manage traffic depending on differing conditions at any given time, and we are working to improve road user information so people can make informed journey choices before they travel.

More detailed information on the traffic impacts of the CS11 proposals, including tables of the likely journey time impacts, can be found here.

 

Areas

  • Camden
  • Westminster

Audiences

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

Interests

  • Cycling
  • Roads