Tavistock Place

MQT on 2018-12-20
Session date: 
December 20, 2018
Question By: 
David Kurten
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I have recently seen a quantity of footage, mostly shot by cabbies, of ambulances on call, trapped in traffic gridlock at Tavistock Place. Has TfL measured the impact of the Tavistock Place cycle scheme on London Ambulance Service response times?


Answer for Tavistock Place
Tavistock Place

Tavistock Place

Answered By: 
The Mayor

When Transport for London (TfL) receives feedback about ambulance access, it reviews traffic operation arrangements to look to alleviate any access challenges. TfL was not previously aware of the concerns you raise about ambulance access in this location of London. Emergency vehicles in London are able to use their blue lights to get to their destination quickly, which means they are less affected by busy traffic conditions.

In response the concerns you raise, the London Ambulance Service (LAS) has confirmed that the cycle scheme has been in place for quite some time and that Camden remains one of the best performing Clinical Commission Groups (CCGs) in London for both Cat 1 and Cat 2 performance. Tavistock Place is used infrequently for east/west travel across WC1, although Bloomsbury Ambulance Station is on a road directly off it. The LAS has not specifically measured the impact of the cycle scheme but has seen little impact on response times, and the LAS has had no cause to flag a concern to the CCG or Camden council.

In terms of overall congestion, the London Borough of Camden is the highway authority for Tavistock Place. It has recently run a public consultation on some proposed changes to the direction of traffic flow for motor vehicles in this area. This consultation includes comprehensive information on the expected impacts of the scheme for traffic, based on modelling analysis. The consultation closed on the 24 December.