The Independent London Newspaper
23rd April 2019

So just how will pedestrians benefit?

    Published: 26 January, 2017

    • WE are a group of elderly and/or disabled, some Blue Badge, residents of Delancey and Pratt streets, Camden Town, and we would like to ask Cllr Phil Jones to tell us exactly how he believes pedestrians will benefit from the proposed scheme? 

    In his letter (Cutting pollution, January 19) he states that the scheme will “improve safety” and give extra protection for pedestrians. 

    Taking into consideration that it will reduce traffic to one lane, we feel it will actually do the opposite, for the following reasons:

    l Pavements are to be narrowed in places but they are already narrow. 

    A total ban 24/7 on loading and unloading in most of the street with minimal allowances of loading bays – mostly in side streets – will mean more use of pavements for deliveries to the many businesses and to residents. Goods will have to be barrowed along the street causing dangerous pedestrian congestion. Delancey Street is already a well-used secondary route to and from the zoo and park.

    l Pedestrians will have more difficulty crossing, as cyclists will be coming from both directions, and will not be part of the one-way traffic system. Those coming down hill on one side will also be obscured from view by the curve in the road,

    l Bus stops (274 and C2) – the use of island/ floating stops means that pedestrians will have the extra hazard of crossing a cycle lane to board/leave. If a wheelchair or pram is to be loaded this will mean a longer wait, resulting in a longer tailback. This system is already in operation in Royal College Street and has proved quite frightening for some passengers.

    l Finally the major argument made by Cllr Jones and George Coulouris (All benefit from more cyclists, January 19), is the reduction of pollution. Logic, though, decrees that if you narrow a major route without decreasing the traffic (which includes two regular buses and frequent service and emergency vehicles) there will be tailbacks and idling engines, causing more, not less, pollution. For example, Delancey Street traffic attempting to turn off into side streets will be held up by oncoming traffic. 

    This will increase the number of idling vehicles and subsequent pollution. Recent works at the west end of Delancey, which narrowed it to one lane, caused large queues, not only at peak times.

    Maybe Cllr Jones is expecting motorists to find other routes? In which case this has pollution implications for neighbouring residential streets, which is hardly a healthy solution.




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