Monday, March 18, 2019

Just When You Thought It Couldn’t Get Any More Crazy, Along Come Islington Council. Islington Statement Of Intent


Statement of Intent - announcement by Cllr Claudia Webbe, executive member for environment & transport - Transforming Old Street and Clerkenwell Road

18 Mar 2019
Islington Council is committed to transforming the Old Street and Clerkenwell Road corridor into a ‘Healthy Street’, which prioritises walking, cycling and public transport. Consequently, the council is developing plans to close Old Street and Clerkenwell Road to through traffic.
This project will improve safety particularly for pedestrians and cyclists.   It will improve air quality and help make the area greener, healthier and a more attractive place to live, work, play and do business.

Background

We are developing a design to transform Old Street and Clerkenwell Road so that it meets our Healthy Streets principles, enabling walking to be enjoyable and businesses to continue to thrive and which is part of the network of cycle routes in Central London.
A key objective will be to eliminate through traffic and make the route safer for pedestrians and cyclists so that it meets our commitment to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on our roads to zero.
In the 60 months up to February 2018, there have been 193 collisions along the corridor, resulting in 210 casualties; of which 24 were classed as serious and 186 as slight. 
Consequently, it is necessary to significantly reduce the number of vehicles driving along the corridor so that journeys along the Old Street and Clerkenwell corridor prioritise pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users.

Aims and objectives

The aim of the project is to significantly reduce traffic on this route to improve conditions and rebalance the roads in favour of pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. 
The objectives for the improvements of the Old Street and Clerkenwell Road corridor are to:
  • enhance the pedestrian experience through improving the streetscape and public spaces;
  • encourage and provide better facilities for increased levels of cycling;
  • improve public transport journey time reliability and seek to maintain or improve access to public transport and interchanges;
  • avoid through traffic being diverted from the corridor to local streets;
  • improve air quality and health;
  • eliminate fatalities and serious injuries;
  • prioritise local access for cyclists and pedestrians; and
  • maintain adequate local access for residents and business access for servicing and deliveries.
The proposals for the Old Street and Clerkenwell Road corridor will be coordinated with the redesign of the Old Street Roundabout.  Enabling works have begun on the roundabout, with the majority of the construction works taking place throughout 2019 and 2020.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am going to sell my taxi and buy a rickshaw!

Anonymous said...

Locals can’t want these changes, they won’t want to walk in the winter and that’s why they are trying to bring them in now

Anonymous said...

Most or all of the Islington councillors are either lesbians or homo as are Camden councillors, there game is they like to see others in Lycra!!!

Anonymous said...

So how does one get a visually impaired, disabled loved one to their ongoing appointment at Moorfields, etc. The tube is out as it doesn’t stop outside the front entrance, same as bus or will they be allowed access anyway - wouldn’t be surprising if they were! These possessors of limited intellectual capability are so dangerous it’s frightening! However, I suppose the businesses along these main roads won’t worry about the passing vehicular trade being non - existent, as they’ll survive on the income of cyclists & pedestriansšŸ˜‚! These people are becoming more dictatorial every week & they are impinging on the basic rights, to make a personal choice when traveling - particularly, relevant to the disabled, etc. Also, the rights of any driver to use a road to travel upon. It is not (to the best of my knowledge) yet compulsory to walk or cycle, regardless of one’s physical capability, so why are more & more such schemes being proposed? Basically, because as soon as one went ahead & they weren’t challenged or stopped, all have decided to do it via the guise & results of consultations. Therefore, why not have a consultation to ask if the general population want all these half wits - with their half baked ideas - out of office. I wonder how many stated they’d be doing this in their election materialšŸ¤”!

Anonymous said...

So what’s the point of buying electric?

Anonymous said...

Post 7.53, Ive got news for you, ... not only won't you be able to sell your cab, TFL are already sorting out a rikshaw for you!

As for post 8.48, never a truer word spoken in jest.

we all know the lunatics are (and have been) running the asylum for quite some time in the politcal spheres and are pushing their luck more & more so always make the point of blanking them when their bikes get a puncture on a wet cold dark evening because as the old BT ad similarilly said if we are not good enough to carry a wheel chair user to their exact destiny, we are not good enough to carry the cycling lycra brigade in their hour of distress.

Put that in your prius and smoke it!

Anonymous said...

Felt really good last week .Drove past a cyclist with a flat tyre in the pouring rain .He tried to flag me down but I smiled and slowly drove past him

Anonymous said...

Forget the knowledge forget this trade , it’s finished local councils seem to be alianianting taxis from our streets, Taxis is a dirty word ..ITS OVER.. why on earth a driver would consider buying a new cab is beyond me.

colin said...

The way London is going they'll be 8 million living in it with no jobs as businesses move out.

Anonymous said...

When they going put a cycle lane on the M4.
Cut the pollution to Heathrow.
How much is a rickshaw to the airport ?

Anonymous said...

Yes, no jobs of any worth 11.25, plenty of well paid city jobs for the Eaton crew, us 8 million will be waiting for a phone call at 5am every morning to see if tesco give us 2 hours in the morning, or maybe an hour in the afternoon, zero hour contract job! And heard today we have unemployment down again, great news, if you want to wait by your phone for a call at 5 am!

Anonymous said...

Anon 12.05 AM. Regarding your comment; “Felt really good last week .Drove past a cyclist with a flat tyre in the pouring rain .He tried to flag me down but I smiled and slowly drove past him”. I know some cyclists can be a pain in the a*** & deemed to be absolute a***holes but you can’t tar them 100%. How do you know if that cyclist was somebody who fell into that category. Believe it or not there are some that sympathise with our plight & don’t want cycle lanes everywhere or road closures. I know a lot of them can be dogs but then again there are a lot of drivers who fall into that category. What would you think if yourself or another driver was in a bad position (Lisson Grove, etc) & a cyclist with access to a phone, thought ‘f*** those cab drivers & didn’t assist as he’d had a bad experience with a cab driver & tarred all with the same brush. Alienating people via such comments (& these comments are read by non-drivers) does no good & just portrays/strengthens the stereotypical view of cab drivers, held by many. Consequently, it can be understood why the comment was made as it’s probably related to frustration. However, it is the decision makers that any ire should be directed at. Just as people blame cab drivers for situations that have nothing personally to do with them (fares, vehicle, etc). Always, remember it’s better to have friends than enemies & don’t allow the old divide & conquer situation to prevail.

Anonymous said...

When cyclists start using their loaf and avoid putting themselves into dangerous positions or situations instead of blaming everyone else around them when they become unstuck will be the day I feel sympathy and come to their way of thinking, but i can never see that happening because they might arrive at their destinaion 2 minutes later than they planned which is unforgivable for the arrogant twats.

Anonymous said...

got hailed 1.30am one morning,young girl student,who wanted to go to a postcode,asked her for the address,she only knew the postcode,i asked her if there was anyone she could ring to obtain address,she told me battery was flat on phone,couldn,t help.

Driver said...

I use that route as a coach driver because upper/lower thames street is now a cycle lane and squeezing past tower hill into a knackered Highway is a turn off. Coach operators are close to no longer running private hires to London as the profit is no longer there! Can't wait tbh. When the LEZ is extended to North/South Circular and the new fuel tax comes into place that will be a massive reduction in coaches entering London and will increase car journeys
. London is a bitch to drive in and I feel so sorry for the locals. I can't wait to never have to drive there again!!