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At last? New safe cycle route planned for deadly road

Transport for London finally on the brink of acting

11 February, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Paula Jurek

PLANS to carve a cycle route down a notoriously dangerous stretch of road has moved a step closer as Transport for London (TfL) began a consultation survey on a safe link from Camden Town to Tottenham.

TfL has previously been accused of not acting fast enough to make Camden Road safe. It has been the scene of numerous collisions in recent years that have left cyclists in hospital and, in two cases, dead.

The final details of the route, a 12km cycle lane that could go as far as Tottenham Hale, are now being considered by TfL with a spokeswoman confirming this week that all options are on the table.

John Chamberlain, co-ordinator at the Camden Cycling Campaign, said: “Those junctions have been dangerous for many years. There have been a number of deaths and Camden Road is not really fit for cyclists or pedestrians. It needs to be sorted out.”

Ardian Zagani was killed in a collision with a lorry near the junction with Brecknock Road while cycling to work in 2017.

Cyclist Paula Jurek, 20, died after a collision with a left-turning truck at the junction of Camden Road and St Pancras Way in 2011.

TfL want Camden, Islington, Haringey and Hackney residents to provide their comments.

A segregated lane could run either north or south between Seven Sisters Road and Camden Road, while a parallel lane going in the opposite direction through Randolph Street, Hungerford Road and Tollington Road.

Mr Chamberlain said: “We are pleased with the proposals, but we think constructing both north and south segregated lanes on Camden and Parkhurst Road would be the most sensible option instead of splitting the route.”

Tabitha Tanqueray, a spokeswoman for the Islington Cycling Campaign, said: “The Nag’s Head gyratory and Camden Road urban motorways are among the most intimidating and unpleasant roads. Just 18 months ago Ardian Zagani, a college caretaker, was killed while simply cycling to work on this route. A preventable tragic death.”

A full public consultation will take place in May and construction work on the scheme could begin before the end of the year, according to TfL.

To send in your views to TfL email newcycle routes@tfl.gov.uk and mention Tottenham Hale to Camden Road.

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