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New zebra crossing for accident hotspot on York Way

August 1, 2011

Hundreds of new homes will shortly be completed alongside this section of York Way

After a campaign led by local Councillors and residents, a new zebra crossing is planned for a dangerous part of York Way.

The new crossing would be located on a section of York Way that was rebuilt in 2005 to replace a length of victorian railway viaduct. But the new road was engineered to a high-speed specification that causes traffic to accelerate quickly.

The conditions are worsened because two bus stops are located near the brow of a curve and slight incline in the highway. This turns the proposed crossing location into a blind spot for many drivers.

York Way is the boundary between Islington (to the east) and Camden (on the west side). Islington residents leaving the northbound 390 bus service face a very hazardous road crossing; and in a few months time, when several hundred new apartment homes on the Camden side are completed, a similar dangerous crossing will be created for people aiming to get a southbound bus service.

Councillor Paul Convery says “I am very pleased the Council can proceed with a new crossing point on York Way. I remain concerned that further measures may be needed to slow-down traffic on this stretch of road. Otherwise a zebra crossing may not be a sufficiently safe way to cross. I am therefore also pressing to ensure there is a decent sized ‘island’ refuge in the mid point of the new crossing.

“This section of highway was designed by someone with little real understanding of how to engineer an inner city residential road. It often feels like a suburban bypass that was built for speed not pedestrian safety.

“York Way is a problem road for many reasons – not least because Islington is not the highway authority – it is Camden’s responsibility so decisions on making York Way more safe are complicated by having to deal with a different local authority.”

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Diana Shelley permalink
    August 1, 2011 3:29 pm

    Hey, well done team! It’s been one of the major pieces of unfinished business left over from building the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, and we in Cally Rail Group failed to have any impact on this one. Maybe it’s been because it’s Camden’s road, but so far only Islington voters have their lives put at risk… Do we know when it’ll be installed?

  2. Meg Howarth permalink
    August 1, 2011 4:41 pm

    Excellent news, for cyclists also. Cycled the length of it only last week – at times, a terrifying experience as motor-heads roared past, often too close for comfort. Had decided never to use it again. It now needs a 20mph limit.

  3. Mike Sweeney permalink
    August 1, 2011 5:47 pm

    That’s a good idea and another success story. Not many crossing places in that area and vehicles do speed along the road there – so can see why it is badly needed.
    Mike Sweeney

  4. Charles permalink
    August 2, 2011 8:38 am

    The more traffic-calming along York way the better. There are going to be a lot more pedestrians once the art university is in operation, and as the KX development takes shape.

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