Work begins to create new cycle lane in Euston Road
But campaigners want circus near Warren Street tube station to be made safe
03 July, 2020 — By Helen Chapman
Flowers at the scene of a fatal collision during lockdown [Simon Lamrock]
WORK has begun on Euston Road to build a new cycle path amid the biggest ever shake-up of London streets.
The Camden Cycling Campaign said it welcomed the project but warned the circus junction with Hampstead Road, close to Warren Street tube station, remained a danger.
John Chamberlain from the Camden Cycling Campaign said: “We are very pleased and very happy to see the lanes. The issue for us is the Euston Circus and Hampstead Road flyover. We have been talking to TfL for a long time and have seen some draft plans but nothing happens.”
Earlier in the coronavirus lockdown, a 26-year-old cyclist died following a collision on Euston Road.
A pop-up cycle lane is in place in Hampstead Road as part of the Mayor of London “Streetspace” scheme, working with the council and Transport for London to cater for the predicted increase in cycling and walking whilst people avoid public transport.
It is predicted that cycling and walking will increase by tenfold. Over 1,000 roads are being considered for possible amendments by the council.
Mr Chamberlain said: “It really comes to a head because of making Tottenham Court Road two-way. It is attractive in principle for Tottenham Court Road if you survive getting there. It is frightening trying to get into Tottenham Court Road and there is really nowhere for cyclists to go. Cycling southbound is a nightmare. If you put in good lanes like in Euston Road and Hampstead Road you have to also look at the junctions.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’m delighted that more than £24m has already been awarded to local boroughs to rapidly transform streets across our city, and that construction of the Euston Road cycle lane will begin this week. With more than 500 Streetspace schemes already approved and hundreds more still to come, we will enable millions more journeys to be made by walking and cycling.”