Support for controversial cycle lane after record response to council survey
07 November, 2016 — By Tom Foot
The new road layout at Torrington Place and Tavistock Place
CYCLING campaigners appear to have drawn first blood in a massive row over a controversial bike lane running through Bloomsbury.
Camden Council has taken the unusual step of announcing the results of its biggest ever consultation on whether to keep the new road layout in Tavistock Place and Torrington Place while the “process of fully collating” the results is ongoing.
The changes, first introduced in November 2014 without consultation, restricted the roads to one-way for vehicles while cyclists were granted a “protected” lane. It caused uproar among car drivers and residents for increasing traffic in surrounding streets but the Town Hall says that, from the 15,000 responses to a consultation launched in September, three out of four (78 per cent) were in favour of keeping the new road lay-out.
Planning chief Councillor Phil Jones said: “We are now in the process of fully collating and analysing the responses. Due to the high number it will take officers some time to fully collate and analyse all the views and comments received before we can share the detailed results more widely and use them to inform our final decision.”
A basic breakdown of the figures released by the council said that, of the 15,000 responses, 1,387 were Camden residents. Of the residents, 61 per cent were in favour, while 38 per cent were not in favour. The council said 1 per cent of people responding “had no opinion”.
No more information has been made available at this time. It is anticipated that a decision will be made by Camden’s cabinet in early 2017. See Comment, page 16