Bloomsbury - Walthamstow Quietways (Kings Cross Road - Calthorpe Street)

Closed 6 Apr 2015

Opened 20 Feb 2015

Results Updated 4 Jun 2015

Between 20 February and 6 April 2015, Transport for London (TfL) consulted on proposals for the junction of Kings Cross Road and Calthorpe Street. We received 67 responses to the consultation, of which 45 responses (67%) supported or partially supported our proposals.

The consultation has received largely positive responses, although some were concerned that the scheme should provide further safety measures at the junction, particularly for cyclists.

Having considered all responses, we intend to proceed with the scheme consulted on. The scheme has been designed to improve conditions for cycling and improve safety at the junction whilst balancing the needs of other road users. For reasons outlined in Appendix A, it is not possible to further separate cyclists from motor vehicles at this junction. The proposed design provides benefits and balances the needs of all road users.

Next Steps

The scheme is now in detailed design and appropriate permits to begin works are being sought. TfL anticipates beginning work on site in July 2015, with works expected to be complete in September.

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

Overview


Update – June 2015

Between 20 February and 6 April 2015, Transport for London (TfL) consulted on proposals for the junction of Kings Cross Road and Calthorpe Street. We received 67 responses to the consultation, of which 45 responses (67%) supported or partially supported our proposals.

The consultation has received largely positive responses, although some were concerned that the scheme should provide further safety measures at the junction, particularly for cyclists.

Having considered all responses, we intend to proceed with the scheme consulted on. The scheme has been designed to improve conditions for cycling and improve safety at the junction whilst balancing the needs of other road users. For reasons outlined in Appendix A, it is not possible to further separate cyclists from motor vehicles at this junction. The proposed design provides benefits and balances the needs of all road users.

Next Steps

The scheme is now in detailed design and appropriate permits to begin works are being sought. TfL anticipates beginning work on site in July 2015, with works expected to be complete in September.

Click here for a copy of our Response to Consultation report
 

Details of the original consultation are included below:

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What are we proposing?

As part of the Quietways programme, Transport for London (TfL) is developing proposals to enhance facilities for cyclists and pedestrians, whilst minimising adverse impacts on other road users. We would like to know your views on the proposed changes to the changes to the junction of Kings Cross Road/Farringdon Road with Calthorpe Street and Margery Street.

The Kings Cross Road/Farringdon Road junction with Calthorpe Street and Margery Street is part of TfL’s road network (TLRN). The junction also forms part of the proposed Bloomsbury to Walthamstow Quietway (phase 1) route, which is aligned east-west across Kings Cross Road/Farringdon Road, between Calthorpe Street and Margery Street. Calthorpe Street is located in the London Borough of Camden, and Margery Street is located in the London Borough of Islington. Each borough will be consulting on proposals on their roads at a later date.

This junction is already well used by cyclists. Our proposals aim to cater for the predicted increase in cyclists and improve road user safety. Pedestrian numbers are also expected to increase at this junction and our proposals cater for this by providing more footway space.

We are working in conjunction with the London boroughs and other key stakeholders to deliver the entire route. The London boroughs will consult locally on their respective section.

The proposed consultation junction plan can be seen here.

 

Why are we proposing this?

We are determined to ensure London’s roads are safer for cyclists. Kings Cross Road/Farringdon Road with Calthorpe Street and Margery Street is a busy junction and the proposed modified junctions reflect the emerging improvements in cycling infrastructure design standards to: 

  • Improve safety for cyclists
  • Increase the number of cyclists and cycle journeys
  • Reduce journey times for cyclists
  • Use innovative design features recognised as best practice
  • Reduce traffic speeds
  • Improve the environment for local residents and businesses
  • Not to disbenefit other road users

 

Proposed junction design changes

We are proposing these changes to the two junctions to create enhanced space for cycling improvements. Please refer to the consultation junction plan here.

 

Kings Cross Road/ Farringdon Road

  1. An amendment to the kerb line at the mouth of the Margery Street junction to provide additional width for cyclists entering the contraflow facility.
  1. A new right turn waiting area for cyclists turning right from Farringdon Road to Margery Street.
  1. A new 1.5 metre wide advisory cycle lane on Kings Cross Road for cyclists travelling southbound. This new cycle lane would provide additional space for cyclists on the approach to and through the junction. The nearside general traffic lane would be removed on the approach to the junction to provide the additional space required for the cycle lane. Traffic data shows the nearside general traffic lane is not well used and the number of left turning vehicles is low. The new cycle lane would tie in with existing cyclist provision to the north and south of the junction. Associated kerb build outs would increase space available to pedestrians and reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians.
  1. A new advisory cycle lane on the northbound carriageway on the exit of the junction would provide additional space for cyclists. This would also tie in the existing cycle provision to the north of the junction.
  1. A simplified right turn waiting area on Kings Cross Road for all traffic turning into Lloyd Baker Street, providing a more conventional layout and removing the existing multiple lane layout.
  1. An amendment to the kerb line at the mouth of the Calthorpe Street junction to provide additional space for pedestrians and tighten the corner radii. This is to reduce the speed of left turning vehicles from Farringdon Road.
     

Margery Street

  1. The existing contraflow cycle lane on Margery Street would be widened to two metres. This would increase capacity for cyclists.
  1. The advanced stop line space would be increased to a depth of 7.5 metres. This would provide additional space for cyclists to wait in front of motorised traffic. Low level signals and early release for cyclists* would be added, when possible
     

Calthorpe Street

  1. The advanced stop line space would be increased to a depth of 7.5 metres to provide additional space for cyclists to wait in front of motorised traffic. Low level signals and early release for cyclists* would be added, when possible.
  1. A revised kerb line on Calthorpe Street to increase space for pedestrians and improve the alignment for cyclists travelling across the junction into Margery Street.
     

* This will be allowed in the revised Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (2015) to be published in March 2015.

 

The consultation junction plan shows the current proposals (the numbers above relate to the areas on the plan and are in order of importance to the proposals).

The proposed consultation junction plan can be seen here.

 

How would the proposals affect other road users?

Other road users will not be adversely affected by the proposals. There will be slight alterations to the phases of the traffic signals to accommodate the proposals, but there will not be any noticeable delays to traffic or pedestrians using the junction.

 

Construction work

Subject to the outcome of this consultation, we plan to start construction work in July, with completion by September 2015. 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.

 

How do I have my say?

Please tell us your views by using our online survey below. The deadline for comments is Monday 6 April 2015.

Paper copies of plans and response forms are available by emailing us at consultations@tfl.gov.uk, or writing to FREEPOST TFL CONSULTATIONS or calling 0343 222 1155. Please reference ‘Quietways – Kings Cross Road’ in all communication.

 

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
  • Junction Improvements
  • Transport for London Road Network
  • TfL consultations