TfL has announced £9.5 million of funding for Camden, to remove the gyratory at Holborn and build new segregated cycle lanes along High Holborn and Theobalds Road. The main construction work is likely to start in January 2021.
Other parts of the project that will help create a Liveable Neighbourhood include making Bloomsbury Way bus and cycle only, in both directions, facilitating the Holborn Station upgrade by closing the southern end of Procter Street to motor vehicles, improving the setting for the British Museum by pedestrianising Great Russell Street, creating a traffic free stretch of New Oxford Street between Museum Street and High Holborn, installing a series of modal filters on local roads, building on current schemes recently implemented by Camden, and developing a freight reduction scheme in partnership with Bee Midtown.
Holborn suffers from some of the highest levels of KSI collisions in Camden, 32 in the last three year period. Over the past ten years six cyclists have been killed in the area. Key proposals in this bid, including removing the traffic gyratory and motor traffic from key streets, protected cycle lanes on key east-west corridors, improved crossing points and widened footways, and a package of complementary measures, will ‘dramatically reduce’ road danger.
The project will also include new Electric Vehicle Charging Points, a series of behavioural change measures aimed at business and residents, revisions to parking permits and charges, street clutter removal, footway widening, improved permeability for cyclists across the study area by converting one-way streets into two-way cycling, upgrades to the existing Quietways, additional cycle parking (including a new hub near Holborn station), new street trees and wayfinding.