Holborn Junctions Road Safety and Public Realm Proposals

Closed 2 Mar 2018

Opened 5 Feb 2018

Results updated 11 Oct 2018

Dear Sir/Madam,

As you may be aware, Camden Council undertook a public consultation in February 2018 to ask for your views on making changes to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, around two junctions in the Holborn Area. These were:

  1. The junction of Vernon Place and Southampton Row – banning all left turning traffic (except cycles) from turning from Vernon Place to Southampton Row, and closing the southern ends of Bloomsbury Square to all vehicles (except cycles).
  2. The junction of High Holborn and Kingsway – installing a diagonal pedestrian crossing point and replacing a general traffic lane between Procter Street and High Holborn with wider footways.

Following a public meeting on 13th of June 2018 and after considering to views received as part of the consultation and through spoken deputations; a decision was made to proceed with the changes by the Cabinet member for Improving Camden’s Environment. The decision can be found at the link below.

Our contractors will start work on Saturday 13th of October 2018, implementing the banned left turn from Vernon Place to Southampton Row, and closing the southern accesses of Bloomsbury Square (point 1 above).  The left turn from Vernon Place to Southampton Row and the left turn from Bloomsbury Way into Bloomsbury Square will be banned from Saturday 13th and the closure of the movement from Bloomsbury Square into Bloomsbury Way will follow within a couple of weeks.

Construction of the diagonal crossing (and associated footway works) outside of Holborn Underground Station (point 2) are expected to commence in January 2019.


  • Decision, 153.8 KB (PDF document)
  • Notice, 13.9 KB (Office Word 2007 XML document)


We are consulting you on proposals to improve safety and the quality of the public realm at key junctions in Holborn.

The Consultation document can be found HERE

The Proposed layout plan for Bloomsbury Square can be found HERE

The Proposed layout plan for Southampton Row/Kingsway/High Holborn can be found HERE

The consultation document provides you with information on what the issues are at these locations and what changes we are proposing to address them.

Why your views matter

The area is currently congested and dominated by motor traffic, with a high number of traffic collisions, a high number of pedestrians, indirect and inconvenient crossing facilities and inadequate footway space. There are high numbers of cyclists using the area; however, the facilities provided for cycling are currently insufficient for the current and future demand.

Camden needs to make sure the area is prepared for future changes, as well as improve conditions for the existing high numbers of people using the area.

Our plan for Holborn seeks to improve streets for walking and cycling, reducing collisions and traffic congestion, making Holborn a better place to live, visit and do business in.


What happens next

While it will not be possible to reply to you individually, all comments will be taken into account. At the end of this consultation exercise, a report will be prepared analysing the comments received and officers’ recommendations. This report will be presented to The Cabinet Member for Improving Camden’s Environment who will make a decision whether or not to proceed with the scheme. Under the Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985, your response is available for public inspection; however your personal details will remain confidential. Please only write to us about the consultation issue.    


  • Bloomsbury
  • Holborn and Covent Garden


  • Anyone from any background


  • Transport and streets