Midland Road and Euston Road / Judd Street Junction - Proposed Walking and Cycling Improvements

Closed 20 Mar 2016

Opened 15 Feb 2016

Overview

In June 2015, Camden Council implemented a number of changes on Pancras Rd between Royal College Street and Midland Road in order to improve road safety for pedestrians and cyclists.  The changes included providing 2m wide ‘stepped’ cycle lanes for northbound and southbound cyclists and introducing better crossings for pedestrians.

In March 2013 the Mayor of London launched his vision for cycling in London.   A major element of the vision is the proposed new Central London Cycle Grid – a network of cycle routes through Central London and the city, making it more attractive to people who don’t cycle and safer for the increasing numbers who do.  As part of the Cycle Grid, the Council would like to extend the recent improvements on Pancras Road south into Midland Road until Euston Road, providing a safe and continuous protected cycle route.  In partnership with Transport for London, we are also consulting on proposals to improve conditions for cyclists and pedestrians crossing the busy Euston Road junction, including cyclists connecting with the proposed North-South Cycle Superhighway on Judd Street. 

Why We Are Consulting

Proposals 
 
The proposed changes are outlined below and also shown on the drawing attached.
 
Midland Road / Euston Road / Judd St  Junction
 
At the Judd Street / Midland Road / Euston Road junction, TfL has developed two potential options:
 
Option 1 – Full closure of Judd Street at Euston Road / Midland Road junction to allow a dedicated cycle crossing across Euston Road
 
  • Only cyclists and pedestrians would be able to enter and exit Judd Street at the Euston Road junction. This would create a safer environment for cyclists by allowing them to enter and exit Judd Street separately without mixing with other traffic 
  • This proposal is expected to reduce the amount of through traffic passing through Judd Street, creating a safer and more pleasant environment for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Motor vehicles would still be able to access Judd Street using other routes
 
Option 2 – Judd Street entry only for motorists from Midland Road, with segregated northbound contraflow cycle track 
 
  • Motorists would not be able to exit Judd Street onto Euston Road. Access would still be available using other routes
  • Motorists would not be able to enter Judd Street by turning left or right off Euston Road; the only motorist entry to Judd Street from the Euston Road junction would be by travelling straight over from Midland Road. Banning the turns would address a common cause of collisions at the junction and allow a separate traffic signal stage for cyclists
  • A contraflow segregated cycle track on approach to the junction would provide protected space for cyclists to continue northbound towards Euston Road
The proposed traffic restrictions would mean some motorists would need to find alternative routes. Access to and from Judd Street would still be available using alternative local access routes, including via Upper Woburn Place and Gray’s Inn Road.
 
Both options:
 
  • Cycle-only green signal to allow cyclists to cross Euston Road separately  from motor traffic
  • New signalised pedestrian crossing on Euston Road, west of Judd Street, with a widened central island. This would be made possible by banning the left and right turns onto Judd Street from Euston Road
  • Extended bus lane on Euston Road westbound approach to Judd Street (made possible by banning the left turn onto Judd Street)
  • Wider pavement on Judd Street, with new cycle parking to make it easier for cyclists to use local businesses
  • Two-stage right turn areas to allow cyclists to access Judd Street and Midland Road without crossing lanes of moving traffic 
 
Midland Road
 
Along Midland Rd we are proposing:
  • A northbound contraflow stepped / protected cycle lane (segregated at the junction)
  • A southbound stepped cycle lane (segregated at the junction)
  • Removal of existing traffic island on Midland Road outside the St. Pancras International Rail Station
  • Introduction of a large raised area to ease pedestrian movement
  • Removal of existing signal crossing and installation of a wide zebra crossing to reduce the wait time for pedestrians wanting to cross.
  • Construction of a bus boarding area

 

Proposed Midland Rd street-scene outside St.Pancras Station / Francis Crick Institute looking south toward British Library.

 

Proposed Midland Rd street-scene outside St.Pancras Station / British Library looking north.

 
Traffic impact of these proposals
 
TfL has designed its proposals to minimise the impact on Euston Road traffic whilst still providing time and space for cyclists and pedestrians. However, both options could mean some slight increases journey times and queuing for general traffic at busy times, particularly travelling eastbound on Euston Road and exiting Midland Road heading west.  Buses on Euston Road are not expected to be significantly affected as they would continue to use bus lanes, although there could be delays at busy times for routes travelling eastbound from Midland Road.
 
TfL would look to mitigate any impacts as much as possible, including by using its sophisticated traffic signalling technology.
 
The proposed traffic restrictions would mean some motorists would need to find alternative routes. Access to and from Judd Street would still be available using alternative local access routes, including via Upper Woburn Place and Gray’s Inn Road.
 
Other local consultations
 
North-South Cycle Superhighway: TfL, Camden Council and Islington Council are consulting on proposals for the North-South Cycle Superhighway between Judd Street in King’s Cross and Stonecutter Street near Holborn Viaduct.  The route would connect with the segregated cycle track currently under construction between Stonecutter Street and Elephant & Castle.  Please see tfl.gov.uk/cycle-north-south for details. 
 
King’s Cross gyratory: TfL is currently consulting on initial ideas to simplify the road network in King’s Cross for all users. Please see tfl.gov.uk/kings-cross-gyratory for details.
 
Both consultations close on Sunday 20 March 2016.
 
Public events
 
You can discuss the proposals with members of the Midland Road project team at the Horsfall Room, Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 9AG at the following events:
 
Monday 15 February, from 18.30 to 20.30
Friday 19 February, from 14.00 to 17.00
 
You will also be able to talk to staff about the North-South Cycle Superhighway and King’s Cross gyratory consultations at these events
 

What Happens Next

All responses received to the proposals contained in this consultation pack will be taken into account in a report to Camden’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Transport and Planning due to be presented in June 2016.  The proposed changes are outlined below and also shown on the drawing enclosed.  

Areas

  • King's Cross
  • St Pancras and Somers Town

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Business and local economy
  • Community and living
  • Council and democracy
  • Environment
  • Transport and streets