Safe and Healthy Streets Consultation - Enabling Two-way Cycling on Priory Terrace

Closed 9 Mar 2023

Opened 16 Feb 2023

Results updated 15 Sep 2023

During February/March 2023 we consulted on changes proposed for Priory Terrace.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their views. We had over 40 responses and following the consultation, we have made the decision to implement the proposed changes as a trial. 

The new scheme will now be implemented and a letter (PDF) will go to all local residents and businesses. You can read the decision reports relating to this, and our feedback to the consultation responses in the decision report. 



Safe and Healthy Streets Consultation - Enabling Two-way Cycling on Priory Terrace – Cycle Permeability Scheme Proposals

We are seeking your views on proposals to introduce measures on Priory Terrace to enable two-way cycling between Abbey Road and Belsize Road

Photo of Priory Terrace looking southwest from Abbey Road

Photo of Priory Terrace looking northeast from Belsize Road

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed how communities in Camden live, travel and work. We want to transform our streets, so they have more safe space for everyone to walk and cycle, for children to get to and from school safely, for you to be breathing cleaner air, to reduce carbon emissions from road transport and for businesses to flourish. We want to ensure that our streets support recovery from the pandemic and provide a lasting legacy of greener, safer, healthier travel helping us to deliver our wide Transport Strategy objectives.

64% of households in Camden do not own a car, and around 85% of all trips by Camden residents are made on foot, by bike or on public transport. Supporting and encouraging those who can walk and cycle, by creating safer, healthier streets, would also help ensure that there is more space available on public transport and on our roads for those who need it the most.

To help respond to the transport challenges on our streets caused by the pandemic, and in line with our Camden Transport Strategy and Climate Action Plan, we have been making changes across Camden as part of our Safe and Healthy Streets Programme. This included making changes to one-way streets as part of our Cycle Permeability programme, where we introduced measures to help cyclists travel more easily and safely in both directions on sections of street which are one-way for motor vehicles, helping make the streets safer and healthier.


About the Priory Terrace Cycle Permeability Scheme

Priory Terrace is a one-way street running northeast from Belsize Road to Abbey Road. This restriction applies to all vehicular traffic including cycles.

The overarching aim of the Cycle Permeability programme is to help overcome barriers to cycling. Many streets in the borough are one-way and links between streets on desired routes and Camden’s cycle network are often severed by infrastructure, traffic restrictions or highly trafficked major roads. The Cycle Permeability programme aims to make more Camden streets more accessible to cyclists and provide better connections and links through measures such as adding two-way cycling on one-way streets and cut-throughs at physical road closures. A number of such permeability improvements for cyclists have been made in recent years at various locations across the borough.

Over the past two years, our Commonplace Safe Travel webpages have allowed residents to provide feedback on positive and negative transport issues across Camden. This included a suggestion which was liked by 2 people to allow two-way cycling on Priory Terrace.

A traffic survey undertaken in September 2022 indicates that traffic speeds and volumes are low with 7-day average figures of 15.1mph and 234 vehicles per day, 2.4% of which were recorded as medium or heavy goods vehicles. These figures demonstrate that Priory Terrace is a low traffic speed and volume environment. Officers therefore feel that the likelihood of conflicts between motor vehicles and cycles would be low.

In addition, we have introduced around 25 similar schemes in the borough. Officers are not aware of any serious collisions involving cyclists and other road users on streets where cycle permeability measures have been introduced.

Therefore, we are proposing to construct a package of measures which would provide a continuous and safe southwest bound cycle link on Priory Terrace, enabling cyclists to access the wider cycle network.

We propose to construct the measures using a permanent Traffic Management Order. If the proposals are approved, we would carefully monitor the impacts of the scheme on Priory Terrace.

A scheme drawing for the proposed measures can be found in the Related section at the bottom of this page. We are proposing the following changes:

  • Introduce two-way cycling (cycling where traffic only flows one-way) on Priory Terrace between Belsize Road to Abbey Road.
  • Reconstruct the existing road hump and remove part of the pavement extension at the junction with Abbey Road.
  • Construct small traffic islands with cycle gaps at the junction with Abbey Road to protect cyclists travelling in the opposite direction to motor vehicles when entering the street.
  • Introduce new signage, on street cycle symbols, and other road markings to show permitted cycle route in each direction. 
  • Introduce new waiting and loading restrictions (double yellow lines with double kerb blips) at the junctions with Abbey Road and Belsize Road to improve road safety for all road users. This would include changes to parking, including the removal of 1 ‘permit holders only’ parking space and the relocation of permit holder 107 disabled parking bay near the junction with Abbey Road by 4.8m to the northeast.

Why your views matter

As 58% of households in the scheme area do not have access to a car and public transport usage remain lower than before the pandemic, we know that safe and easy walking, cycling, and scooting routes are more important than ever. Supporting and encouraging those who are able to walk and cycle, by creating safer streets would ensure that there is more space available on public transport and on our roads for those who need it the most.

Your views are important in providing feedback both on the proposed scheme as a whole and elements of it, and we would therefore welcome your responses on the pages that follow. To view the plans and find out more about the proposals, click on the links in the Related section at the bottom of this page.

We will be pleased to hear your views on the proposals as well as any alternative suggestions or objections you may have to any aspect of what we are proposing.

What happens next

After the consultation, a decision report will be produced and published online via our website. Local residents and stakeholders will be notified of the outcome. The report will consider a broad range of information including consultation responses, relevant policies, officer observations, and other data/information including monitoring information collected to date.

All of this information will be considered in making recommendations in the report about whether the proposed changes should be constructed under a permanent Traffic Management Order.

If approved, we would also collect a range of pre and post scheme monitoring data to ascertain the impact of the scheme, including traffic counts on Priory Terrace, monitoring of traffic speeds, and levels of cycling.


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