Finchley Road - Boundary Road Quietway

Closed 27 Sep 2015

Opened 13 Aug 2015

Results Updated 14 Mar 2016

We received 47 responses to the consultation, of which 20 supported or partially supported our proposals and 25 did not support the scheme.

Having considered all responses to the consultation and reviewed our proposals, we intend to proceed with the scheme design that was consulted on. While we acknowledge the concerns of some respondents, we do not expect a significant change to local traffic volumes given the low numbers of vehicles currently turning left into Boundary Road, but we intend to monitor traffic impacts in collaboration with both London Borough of Camden and City of Westminster. By contrast, we are satisfied that, the scheme has significant benefits for large numbers of vulnerable road users, including pedestrians.

Following consultation responses, we explored ways to enable cyclists to still make the left turn from Finchley Road in to Boundary Road. An internal stop line for cyclists would be required, which in turn would require the proposed pedestrian crossing to be pushed back further into the Boundary Road, away from the main desire line. Changing the location of the pedestrian crossing in this way would also require a relocation of the existing heritage post box on Boundary Road.

Construction of the TfL scheme is planned to begin in July 2016. This is subject to a review of the final costs and available funding; co-ordination with other works in the area, and is expected to take about 12 weeks. We will write to local residents and businesses with details of the planned works.

You can click on the file below for a copy of our consultation report.

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Overview

Update - 8 March 2016

We received 47 responses to the consultation, of which 20 supported or partially supported our proposals and 25 did not support the scheme.

Having considered all responses to the consultation and reviewed our proposals, we intend to proceed with the scheme design that was consulted on. While we acknowledge the concerns of some respondents, we do not expect a significant change to local traffic volumes given the low numbers of vehicles currently turning left into Boundary Road, but we intend to monitor traffic impacts in collaboration with both London Borough of Camden and City of Westminster. By contrast, we are satisfied that, the scheme has significant benefits for large numbers of vulnerable road users, including pedestrians.

Following consultation responses, we explored ways to enable cyclists to still make the left turn from Finchley Road in to Boundary Road. An internal stop line for cyclists would be required, which in turn would require the proposed pedestrian crossing to be pushed back further into the Boundary Road, away from the main desire line. Changing the location of the pedestrian crossing in this way would also require a relocation of the existing heritage post box on Boundary Road.

Construction of the TfL scheme is planned to begin in July 2016. This is subject to a review of the final costs and available funding; co-ordination with other works in the area, and is expected to take about 12 weeks. We will write to local residents and businesses with details of the planned works.

Click here for a copy of our consultation report (PDF)

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Update - 28 August 2015

We corrected point 3 in "The proposed junction design changes" section:

The right turn from Finchley Road southbound into the western arm of Boundary Road is banned for all road users.

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What we proposed?

As part of the Quietways programme, we are developing proposals to enhance facilities for people that cycle and walk, while minimising adverse impacts on other road users. We asked your views on the proposed changes to the junction of Finchley Road and Boundary Road.

This junction forms part of the Regent’s Park to Gladstone Park Quietway 3 route. Part of this route runs east-west along Boundary Road crossing Finchley Road. The London Borough of Camden and City of Westminster will consult on proposals for their sections of Quietway 3 at a later date.

Why did we propose this?

Our proposals aim to improve safety and to cater for the predicted increase in cycling along this route. Pedestrian numbers are also expected to increase at this location, and our proposals include new and improved crossings.

Proposed junction design changes

Please refer to the consultation junction plan here. The numbered descriptions below correspond with the numbered labels on the junction design. At construction stage the junction will also be resurfaced.

Finchley Road (A41)
 

  1. Banning the left turn for all northbound traffic (motor vehicles and cycles) from Finchley Road into Boundary Road allows the installation of a new signalised pedestrian crossing at Boundary Road. Left hook risks to cyclists would also be eliminated, improving safety. Banning this movement would also facilitate the extension of the bus lane across the junction, improving journey time for buses. Our traffic counts show that only 21 vehicles per hour use this turn in the morning peak time, and seven per hour during the evening peak. Alternative routes exist for vehicles and cyclists wishing to make this turn

 

  1. Extending the northbound bus lane on Finchley Road to replace the short additional traffic lane approaching the junction would improve bus journey times

 

  1. Changes to traffic islands would provide extra space and protection for cyclists travelling east-west along Boundary Road and crossing Finchley Road. NOTE: The right turn from Finchley Road southbound into the western arm of Boundary Road is banned for all road users. [Please note this point was corrected on 28 august 2015]

 

  1. A new 5-metre part-width Advanced Stop Line (ASL) with early start* on Finchley Road for cyclists travelling southbound. These new facilities would give cyclists a waiting area ahead of motor traffic, improving their visibility, and allowing them to move away from the traffic lights ahead of motor traffic

 

  1. Widening the existing pedestrian crossing to 3.2 metres on the southern arm of the Finchley Road junction

 

  1. Enlarging the footway on the south-west corner of the junction, reducing the crossing distance for pedestrians (see 7)

 

Boundary Road
 

  1. A new 3.2 metre wide signal controlled pedestrian crossing on the western arm of Boundary Road, improving pedestrian safety

 

  1. Relocating and resizing traffic islands to improve cyclists’ comfort (and avoid pedals striking against the islands)

 

  1. Widening  the existing pedestrian crossing to 3.2 metres on the eastern arm of Boundary Road

 

  1. Widening the central cycle feeder lane on the western arm of Boundary Road

 

  1. Replacing speed cushions with a ‘sinusoidal’ (smooth curved, cycle-friendly ) speed hump across the full width of the carriageway on the west arm of Boundary Road

 

  1. New cyclist detection system on Boundary Road, meaning cyclists no longer have to use a push button to activate the traffic signals to cross or access Finchley Road  

 

*‘Early start’ facility means that cyclists receive their green light to move away from the ASL a few seconds before motor traffic receives a green light. This means that cyclists have both distance and time advantage over motor traffic when starting in a stationary position, increasing their visibility and reducing the risk of turning conflicts (also described as ‘left hooks’).

How would the proposals affect other road users?

We have carried out traffic modelling for this proposal. The results show the proposed changes would not significantly delay any road users.

Construction work

Subject to the outcome of this consultation, we plan to start construction work in early 2016 with completion in spring 2016. Construction will cause some disruption, although we will work to minimise the impact as much as possible. We will write to local residents and businesses before undertaking work in this area.

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
  • Transport for London Road Network