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Public inquiry into protected cycle lane in Camden opens on Tuesday

Campaigners say outcome likely to be important "or the future of cycling provision throughout London" and elsewhere...

A public inquiry into a protected cycle route in central London will open on Tuesday, with Camden Cycling Campaign saying that the outcome may have “wide significance for the future of cycling provision throughout London and more widely.”

Expected to last between three and four weeks, the inquiry will be held at the council chamber at Camden Town Hall on Judd Street, with sessions open to the public taking place on Tuesday to Friday each week from 10am to 5pm.

It concerns the protected cycle lanes running through Bloomsbury from Tavistock Place and through Gordon Square onto Torrington Place, which were installed on a trial basis in November 2015.

> Popular London bike route to double in capacity for year-long trial

The London Borough of Camden held a consultation last year on proposals to make the scheme permanent and said it resulted in the highest ever response it had received to such an exercise.

> Overwhelming backing for Tavistock Place cycling scheme after record response to consultation

Some 78 per cent of the 15,000 respondents supported proposals to make the road permanently one-way for motor vehicles and double the space given to cyclists, while 21 per cent opposed the scheme.

Among almost 1,400 local residents, 61 per cent were in favour of the plans, with 38 per cent opposed.

The public inquiry will be conducted by independent inspector Martin Elliott and the London Borough of Camden has dedicated a section of its website to the proceedings, where full documentation, including statements of case from people and organisations due to testify can be found.

The principal supporter of the scheme is the London Borough of Camden itself, with others including Transport for London, the University of London, UCL, Gordon Mansions Residents Association and Camden Cycling Campaign.

Objectors include a variety of local residents’ associations and the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association.

The inquiry opens at Camden Town Hall, Judd Street, London WC1H 9LP at 10am on Tuesday 10 October 2017.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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Simboid | 6 years ago

How about protecting everyone, including cyclists by putting Armco/bollards alongside the roads of the capital's busiest areas?

Use the excuse of fighting terrorism now that they're regularly using vehicles as weapons. Fence the angry, selfish, polluting, dangerously ignorant space wasters in together and have safe pavements and cycle lanes alongside. 

Let them own the road like they think they do, but restrict them to it.

BIRMINGHAMisaDUMP | 6 years ago

I was there last week. I use the route reguarly. What struck me, as I was waiting for the lights to turn green, was the number of pedestrians - strolling, chatting, drinking coffee and just hanging out. There were children trotting along and their parents were relaxed because there were very few vans, and taxis hurtling along - as they used to. Keep the scheme Camden! 

CygnusX1 | 6 years ago
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LTDA in the against camp? Quelle surprise!

SRD | 6 years ago

Rode these on Friday full length in both directions, as I was going between Kings Cross and St James' Square.  Such a contrast with the rest of my ride.  I'd ridden (and observed) sections of them before.  But had never ridden full distance at rush hour.  Transformative.

JimKillock | 6 years ago

The picture shows the old single two way lane, layout of course. The inquiry is about making the current wide lanes on both sides permanent.

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