Hampstead High Street Public Realm Improvements

Closed 23 Jan 2019

Opened 10 Dec 2018

Results Updated 8 Mar 2019

Hampstead High Street and Heath Street Proposed Public Realm Improvements

You may recall being consulted in December and early January on proposals to improve bus journey times in Hampstead Village. The feedback you provided was really valuable and helped officers form the recommendations in the report approved by the Cabinet Member for Improving Camden's Environment, a links to which are found below.

The following changes will be made:

  • Reconfigure the Hampstead High Street approach to the junction

Altering the line marking on the Hampstead High Street approach to the junction allows the existing single westbound lane to be converted into two westbound lanes.  The new lanes will be marked as one ahead/left turn lane and one dedicated right turn lane which provides the best layout for junction efficiency.

  • Introduction of a new diagonal pedestrian crossing at the junction

The route between the southern side of Holly Hill and the Tube station is an acknowledged pedestrian desire line that is regularly used by pedestrians aiming to get from the station to the western side of Heath Street.  This is being formalised through the introduction of a new pedestrian crossing between the south western corner and the north eastern corner of the junction.  All of the existing crossings will also be widened and footways will be extended at Holly Hill to accommodate more pedestrians.

  • Restricting parking and loading along the southern side of Hampstead High Street during peak hours

By preventing parking and loading between 7-10am and 4-7pm Monday to Saturday along the southern side of Hampstead High Street (adjacent to Greenhill) the carriageway space available along this critical section will be wide enough to allow buses to travel in both directions without having to wait for the other to pass.  This will relieve congestion during the busiest part of the day while still providing parking facilities during off peak hours.

NOTE: the Council will not be proceeding with the conversion of the zebra crossing by Oriel Place to a signalised pedestrian crossing.

The Council’s contractor, Volker Highways, will start construction from Monday 18th March 2019, with all works expected to be completed in 4-6 weeks.  

The Contractor will endeavour to keep to the programme, weather permitting, but your co-operation is essential in keeping the areas of the works clear of parked vehicles at all times and to adhere to the temporary traffic and pedestrian movements provided by the Contractor, as well as any parking suspensions that may be put into place. The contractor will make sure that access to shops, offices and residential entrances will be retained at all times.

I would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience that may occur as a result of the works, and assure you that every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum. If you experience any problems or require any further information please contact nick.howdle-smith@camden.gov.uk

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Overview

We are consulting you on proposals to improve the public realm and reduce bus journey times along Hampstead High Street and its junction with Heath Street. This leaflet provides you with information on what the issues are and what changes we are proposing to address them.

Camden Council is working with Transport for London (TfL) to improve bus journey times and reliability across the borough. Following a review of various bus routes Hampstead High Street has been specifically identified by TfL as a location where bus journey times could be improved.

One of the main causes of congestion along Hampstead High Street is the narrow carriageway caused by parked vehicles adjacent to the Greenhill embankment.  Much of the carriageway along this section is less than 6m wide which makes it difficult for two large vehicles, particularly buses, to pass each other forcing one vehicle to wait for the other vehicle to pass which contributes to congestion and queuing along Hampstead High Street especially during peak periods.

The junction of Hampstead High Street and Heath Street is another location that has been identified as another location where journey times can be improved.  The carriageway width on the Hampstead High Street approach to the junction is 9.7m with 5.1m for the westbound lane and 4.6m for the eastbound lane.  Although there is enough space for two vehicles to wait at the stop line, vehicles approaching the junction will typically wait in single file which reduces the capacity of the junction as only a single vehicle can pass through at a time.

The existing zebra crossing on Hampstead High Street by Oriel Place is very popular and results in vehicles frequently stopping to allow pedestrians to cross.  This often results in long queues along Hampstead High Street as vehicles are unable to reach the main junction when the lights are green.

Other issues at the junction include narrow footway widths along the western side of the junction and a very narrow pedestrian crossing across Holly Hill as well as existing pedestrian crossings not fully accommodating established desire lines.

Proposed changes

To address the above issues the following improvements are proposed:

  1. Restricting parking and loading along the southern side of Hampstead High Street during peak hours

    By preventing parking and loading between 7-10am and 4-7pm Monday to Saturday along the southern side of Hampstead High Street (adjacent to Greenhill) the carriageway space available along this critical section will be wide enough to allow buses to travel in both directions without having to wait for the other to pass.  This will relieve congestion during the busiest part of the day while still providing parking facilities during off peak hours.

     
  2. Reconfiguring the Hampstead High Street approach to the junction

    Altering the line marking on the Hampstead High Street approach to the junction allows the existing single westbound lane to be converted in to two westbound lanes.  The new lanes will be marked as one ahead/left turn lane and one dedicated right turn lane which provides the best layout for junction efficiency and minimises the risk to cyclists.
     
  3. Converting the existing zebra crossing by Oriel Place to a signalised pedestrian crossing

    The conversion of the zebra crossing to a signalised crossing leads to significant improvement to traffic flow in the area due to the ability to be able to coordinate it with the junction.  This ensures that traffic is not held at the crossing while the green light is in operation at the Hampstead High Street / Heath Street junction.

     
  4. Introduction of a new diagonal pedestrian crossing at the junction

    The route between the southern side of Holly Hill and the Tube station is an acknowledged pedestrian desire line that is regularly used by pedestrians aiming to get from the station to the western side of Heath Street.  This is being formalised through the introduction of a new pedestrian crossing between the south western corner and the north eastern corner of the junction.  All of the existing crossings will also be widened to accommodate more pedestrians.

     
  5. Footway widening

    There is space available to widen the footway on the western side of Heath Street by up to 1.8m.  The majority of this widening is proposed at the south-western and north-western corners of the junction and will help provide more space for pedestrians

     
  6. Other improvements

    As part of the works we will also be adding advanced cycle stop lines to all approaches, a new 35m long mandatory cycle lane on the northbound approach and new KEEP CLEAR markings will be added to the Heath Street northbound lane in front of Holly Bush Vale to prevent southbound right turning vehicles from blocking traffic.


    The proposals are shown on the below plans.

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Areas

  • Frognal and Fitzjohns
  • Hampstead Town

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Transport and streets