Cobden Junction

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2847
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Cobden Junction is the name given to the junction just in front of Mornington Crescent Tube station. In 2013 LB Camden was awarded funding by the GLA under the Mayor's Regeneration Fund for a major scheme to increase the usable pedestrian space and simplify the roads at this busy junction. Camden's designers came forward with a much-improved revised design that exploited a recently-devised signalling scheme ('Hold the Left Turn') to ensure that cyclists were entirely protected from interactions with left-turning vehicles (as outlined in the new London Cycling Design Standards, Section 5.4.5). The full design for Cobden Junction was duly modelled by TfL's network assurance section and was deemed to produce acceptable traffic flows. However at a late stage  TfL's traffic signal engineering section vetoed the design and  reverted  to the original pre-consultation design with only very minimal changes and implementation work went ahead. The construction is very close to completion and the risk of serious injuries or fatalities to cyclists is substantial.  Will you now explain why the scheme was vetoed and take  remedial action to make the junction safe for cyclists?

Answer

Answer for Cobden Junction

Answer for Cobden Junction

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The improvement scheme at Cobden junction is nearing completion and will deliver significant benefits to vulnerable road users and urban realm, leading to the much needed regeneration of Camden High Street and the associated benefits for jobs and future inward investment.

Suggested additional improvements to the cycle provision were put forward by campaigners but after careful consideration by both TfL and the London Borough of Camden these have proved to be unviable. The final design that is now being implemented has passed through a rigorous independent road safety audit process and will be closely monitored by TfL and LB Camden post-completion to identify if any remedial action is required.