Tavistock Place, Again


It's still lawful to own a car, it's still lawful to use a car.  Cllr Fulbrook remains us that our ward is one of the lowest car-owning wards in Camden. So what's the big problem? The closure to motor traffic of Judd Street at Euston Road, the direction of the single lane one-way motor lane in Tavistock place, and don't get me started on Guilford Street, is making it increasingly difficult to enter our area by car. It's not just residents cars, it's delivery vehicles, emergency services, taxis etc etc.

There is in HV's opinon, a lot of froth around the so-called "improvements to walking and cycling". A less generous take could be that this is an Orwellian phrase intended to disguise an anti motor vehicle initiative.

And that brings us back to Tavistock Place...



Camden are holding (yet another) consultation.  You have until 24th December to take part. https://consultations.wearecamden.org/supporting-communities/torrington-place-tavistock-place-corridor-proposed/consultation/intro/

The Public Inquiry brought in to sort of the (frankly) mess created over the consultation and implementation of the cycle track resulted in the Inspector recommending that the motor traffic lane be reversed from its current eastbound direction westbound. It's worth taking a pause from the moment to remind ourselves of what went into the Inquiry - four weeks of evidence, testimony, examination - nobody has suggested the Inspector did a shoddy or incomplete job. It is very clear. His recommendation is that the direction of the traffic flow should be WESTBOUND. Simple and should be non-controversial.  But no... It raise a bit of a hue and cry. And so we have Camden scuffling yet another 'Camden Consultation'.

This is not a consultation about the current cycle tracks. Both cycle tracks will remain and there will continue to be just one lane of traffic. It's about whether the traffic flow should be Westbound towards the west end and Tottenham Court Road, or eastbound towards, well, Regent Square and Judd Street. Yet, Judd Street will be permanently closed to through traffic in January 2019. Yet another important factor is that Gower Street and Tottenham Court Road are going to be made two-way as part of Camden's much heralded West End Project.

It would make sense (wouldn't it?) for Tavistock Place to connect with the West End. Or would it be better that Tavistock Place was the escape route from the West End for traffic wanting to avoid the already congested Bloomsbury Way and Theobalds Road, or Euston Road heading into Kings Cross Road.

You have until 24th December to let Camden have your opinion. As we always say, please take part now. because if you do nothing you have no reason to complain in the future something's done that you don't like.  Remember, it's our Camden. Councillors consult with us to create policies that they then instruct the officers to carry out.  Tell them what you want.

More Issues

CA-D Parking Hours

Do you remember earlier (much earlier) this year there was a Camden consultation about whether to make the CA-D bays available 24/7 for resident permit holders. The councillor in charge of parking, Cllr Harrision, decided he couldn't make the decision so, as is usual, Cllr Gould would make the decision. In the end the Leader...
Read More

Posted 14 Nov 2018

Tavistock Place: the finale?

The Tavistock-Torrington Place saga has come to a hiatus, of sorts, with Camden’s cabinet members choosing to agree with the Officer’s report at a meeting on 5 September. Despite the huge cost of appointing an independent inspector, a barrister and acquiring extra traffic management expertise (SYSTRA), the Council ha...
Read More

Posted 30 Sep 2018

Camden: What Should They Tell Us?

It's often (too often) been said that a 'Camden Consultation' is a metaphor for secrecy, or a technique to not properly listen and respond to what residents want done. A fob off. Of course this is over-simplifying or over stating the problem. There are consultations, our ward councillors do listen, and some things (b...
Read More

Posted 29 Jun 2018