Camden Council is now to experiment with a new traffic system along the east-west cycle route linking Fitzrovia, Bloomsbury and Kings Cross to address concerns about motor traffic volume and road safety, before starting work on its major West End Project.
Just when you thought stupid couldn't get anymore stupid, Camden's Phil Jones decides to “reallocate road space from cars to cycling” on Torrington Place, the main westbound relief route into Tottenham Court Road is to be given an extra cycle lanes, that's one in each direction with vehicles squeezed in the middle.
Traffic flow in this area was reduced to constant congestion when the first phase of the scheme saw Torrenden Place restricted to one way westbound traffic, to facilitate a two way cycle lane. The situation has recently deteriorated as south bound traffic on Hampstead Road wishing to join Euston Road east bound is now needlessly diverted around Gower Street, turning right into Grafton Way, right into Tottenham Court Road where eventually Euston Road East bound can be accessed. The added fuel used by vehicles diverting and congestion caused has seriously impacted the air quality at this junction.