Camden Cyclists gain hard-fought safety measure on busy cycling route

A popular commuter cycling route along Tavistock Place is to be improved after extensive campaigning by Camden Cyclists, the local LCC group.

The improvement is at the junction of Marchmont St and Tavistock Place, part of a controversial segregated cycle lane installed in 2004.

LCC's cycling development officer Gerhard Weiss said, "This junction has a separate phase for all sorts of manoeuvres, and the cyclists' phase causes severe delays to the thousands of cyclists that use the route."

Due to valuable input from Camden Cyclists, the junction is now to be changed to remove left turns for motor vehicles, which should improve pass-through speeds for cyclists considerably, although as a cyclist you still can't turn left going westbound.

Work on the junction will start on 10 January 2011 for three weeks.

It's not yet clear whether the whole cycle track will be closed, or just the junction.

Weiss said, "We advise following the signed detour or using the road for the whole stretch between Hunter Street and Woburn Place, or to use an alternative route altogether until the end of January.

St Pancras Rd closure also affects Camden

Another road closure nearby will affect cyclists for months to come. Pancras Road will be closed at the junction with Goodsway from Monday 10 Jan for about six months.

You can see the location on a map here.