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TfL delays cycle lanes for blackspot route

Resident who has witnessed several near-misses urges transport chiefs to make route a priority

06 March, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

Work on the ‘Cycleway 38’ project has begun

TRANSPORT chiefs have come under fire as it emerged that promised cycle lanes on a notorious blackspot route have been delayed.

TfL had opened a consultation survey in February last year over plans to carve a 12km cycle route up Camden Road to Seven Sisters Road and beyond to Tottenham.

But the scheme had to be halted when “traffic modelling” undertaken predicted “severe impacts at a number of critical locations on the network”, according to TfL boss ­Stuart Reid.

Morgan Penn, who lives in Tollington Road, Holloway, has called on TfL to make the cycle route a “top priority” after witnessing several near-misses outside his door.

As the Tribune previously reported, Mr Penn decided to take matters into his own hands last year when he noticed that buses were speeding past his home. He stood outside with a big poster sign that had the words “slow down” in block capitals written on it.

In an email to TfL he said: “Tollington Road is one of the busiest, fastest routes in London and urgently requires the new cycle lane to calm the traffic to the Islington 20mph speed limit and to protect and safeguard the increasing cycle and electric scooter users.

Morgan Penn spells out his message to motorists

“Tollington Road must be a priority for the new cycle lanes as the density of buses and heavy goods vehicles along this stretch of road must be the highest in London.”

Mr Reid responded to Mr Penn by saying that TfL is planning to consult on the cycle way “later this year”.

He added: “Work to lower the speed limit to 20mph within central ­London is nearly complete, with the new speed limit launching on March 2, 2020. The second phase of works to lower the speed limit on other TfL roads is now commencing, with a targeted implementation date for the whole programme by 2024.

“Tollington Road is included in this programme and we are working to identify opportunities to bring forward the Tollington Road section if possible, either with the Cycleway route or as a standalone scheme.”

The initial plan for the cycle route would have seen it split just south of Finsbury Park station.

A segregated lane could run down Seven Sisters Road into Camden Road, while a north lane could take cyclists up from Randolph Street towards Hungerford Road and Tollington Road.

TfL confirmed the project had been delayed but did not want to comment further.

Meanwhile, construction work has begun on a cycle route between Finsbury Park and Highbury.

The cycle route will form part of the “Cycleway 38” project which aims to connect Farringdon in the south of Islington to Palmers Green in Enfield.

The work includes cycle tracks that are separated from the road, new pedestrian crossings and wider footways.

There will also be new zebra crossings on all sides of the junction where Benwell Road meets Drayton Park.

The Cycleway, which is due to be completed by the end of the year, will extend from Horsell Road in Highbury to Blackstock Road in Finsbury Park.

Islington’s environment and transport chief Cllr Rowena Champion said: “By encouraging more active ways of transport, we can enable Islington residents and visitors to enjoy the beauty of our borough in a way that reduces unnecessary car journeys and therefore cuts down on air pollution and congestion.”

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