Plans for cycle route up deadly stretch from Camden Road through Islington to Tottenham Hale
‘Tame appallingly hostile Nag’s Head junction’ plea
08 February, 2019 — By Calum Fraser
Cyclists using new route linking Islington and Blackfriars
PLANS to carve a cycle route down a notoriously deadly stretch of roads are open to feedback from the public.
Transport for London (TfL) is consulting on proposals that could see a 12km cycle lane run up Camden Road and along Seven Sisters Road to Tottenham Hale.
There have been numerous cyclist and pedestrian deaths along the route in the past decade, with the latest on Tues- day night when a pedestrian died in an accident involving a 274 bus at the junction of Camden Road and Camden Street.
Islington Cycling Campaign spokeswoman Tabitha Tanqueray said: “The Nag’s Head gyratory and Camden Road urban motorways are among the most intimidating and unpleasant roads in Islington. Just 18 months ago Ardian Zagani, a college caretaker, was killed while simply cycling to work on this route. A preventable tragic death.”
Mr Zagani died in a collision with a lorry near the junction with Brec- knock Road.
Pedestrian Kenan Araz, 36, was killed in an accident involving a car at the junction of Parkhurst Road and Holloway Road on January 23.
Cyclist Paula Jurek 20, died after a collision with a left-turning truck at the junction of Camden Road and St Pancras Way in 2011.
Ms Tanqueray, who lives in Finsbury Park, said: “A good design will enable people of all ages and abilities to cycle this route, stopping at the many, many shops along the way. Healthy streets provide a real boost to the local economy and make walking more pleasant for all.
“We are delighted that TfL and the boroughs are now committed to tackling these roads.”
TfL chiefs are looking into several options for the cycle route and would like feedback from people in Camden, Islington, Haringey and Hackney.
One option could see the route split just south of Finsbury Park station.
A segregated lane could run down Seven Sisters Road into Cam- den Road, while a north lane could take cyclists up from Randolph Street towards Hungerford Road and Tollington Road.
A spokesman for Islington Living Streets, which campaigns for improved road safety, said: “The Tottenham to Camden cycle route provides a great opportunity to bring benefits to residents and pedestrians as well as cyclists.
“There is a particular need to tame the appallingly hostile junctions at Nag’s Head. Widening pavements, reducing lanes of traffic and enabling pedestrians to cross the roads more safely, more quickly and more comfortably. It is so important to seize this opportunity.”
Cyclists protesting against deaths on Camden Road
A full public consultation will take place in May. Construction work could begin before the end of the year, according to TfL.
Camden Cycling Campaign co-ordinator John Chamberlain said: “Clearly, those junctions have been dangerous for many years. We are pleased with the proposals, but we think north/south segregated lanes on Camden and Parkhurst roads would be the most sensible option.”
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