Holborn: Southampton Row/Kingsway redesign issue
This is my first post here.
I am a regular commuter in London also a club cyclist.
In a number of areas, I have noticed that road redesigns are narrowing road lanes. For instance this has happened around Willesden Junction in Brent and also in Holborn most noticeably in Southampton Row going south.
I am under the impression (rightly or wrongly) that this is to reduce traffic speed? The unintended consequence is that there is nowhere for cyclists to safely pass stopped traffic.
Nearly every day at the junction of Southampton Row and High Holborn I witness cyclists squeezing down the middle in the "big tunnel of death" between 2 very large vehicles. Personally I like being alive and if people want to squeeze in front of me fine.
Anyway, is lane narrowing a policy across London? Does anyone else think it is quite dangerous?
The reasoning of the engineers for the road narrowing at Willesden was that it would make things safer and that the traffic would then be slow moving and that bicycles would be OK in the main traffic queue. The road goes up a hill to Willesden Junction.......
Is there any evidence that lane narrowing makes things safer?