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£1 million to cut accidents and make the Cally Road safer

February 29, 2012

Plan for the new zebra crossing next to the Iceland supermarket

A new zebra crossing is one of several road safety measures to be implemented on the Caledonian Road over the coming months as Islington Council puts investment into cutting accidents in our neighbourhood. Alongside a new 20mph limit on all of Caledonian Road, the Council is also going to remodel several accident blackspots.

Within two years, the one-way section of Caledonian Road will be returned to two-way traffic as the full £1 million investment programme kicks-in. We hope this will kick-start a process to remove the entire one-way system around Kings Cross of which Caledonian Road is a small part.

The new zebra crossing on Caledonian Rd will be next to Iceland by the Bingfield Street junction. Other measures will include slowing down traffic as it approaches Thornhill bridge (over the canal) and remodelling the junctions of Copenhagen Street and Offord Road to “improve vehicle discipline”.

The investment comes after Islington’s Labour Council decided to concentrate its road safety capital budget into areas that really need it. These are places with high population densities, low car ownership, a history of accidents and which were denied significant investment during the decade when the Lib Dems controlled the Council.

Changes to the Thornhill Bridge approach whcih will slow-down traffic at this accident blackspot

The pictures to the right illustrate the position for a new Zebra Crossing and a diagram for one of the road improvements.

Cllr Paul Convery comments “We badly need to make Caledonian Road a place that is safer for pedestrians and cyclists. We also need to boost the ‘high street’ between the canal and the railway bridge – so adding a further zebra crossing will help improve trade on the street. Put simply, the more opportunities for people to cross the road safely, the better it will be for businesses on the Cally.

“Next year we will also be removing the one-way system south of Wharfedale Road which is a shocking section of highway, effectively 3 lanes wide down which vehicles routinely accelerate to alarming speeds. Two-way traffic will calm this down and make the road a bit more manageable. This is also an early move towards Islington Council’s goal of removing the entire one-way system around Kings Cross. Most of the Kings Cross gyratory is managed by Transport for London (the agency controlled by the Tory Mayor of London). We intend to make a head start by fixing one of the roads that Islington is responsible for.”

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Sophie Talbot permalink
    March 1, 2012 8:58 am

    Wow! Fantastic!!!

  2. Lisa Tang permalink
    March 1, 2012 10:31 am

    I really welcome these improvements, especially the Thornhill Bridge ones.
    In Feb 2011 there was a motorcycle accident that damaged the artwork on the bridge and we are still waiting for the insurance to pay for the damage.

  3. Oliver permalink
    March 1, 2012 11:16 am

    Good news, the road layouts around KX desperately need improving for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.

    Noting the comment about “… vehicles routinely accelerate to alarming speeds…” which I totally agree with, could I suggest that existing speed limits are enforced today?

    It is pretty pointless introducing 20mph limits in the future when nobody seems to take any notice of the existing limits on the lower section of Caledonian Road today. The most effective speed retarder is a traffic jam or a bicycle protest.

  4. Richenda Walford permalink
    March 1, 2012 11:41 am

    A lot of this sounds like really good news. The one aspect that seems questionable is the additional parking. If the road is wide enough for this then maybe it’s wide enough for a bike lane – many would think that a better use of road space that parking. I’m not a resident of Islington so I don’t know but was there any consultation?

  5. Sue Cartwright permalink
    March 1, 2012 12:58 pm

    Sound great in theory. 20mph and new zebra crossing will certainly improve safety. However, there is currently always a large traffic jam at peak periods in the three lane one-way section. Assuming planners agree that it’s important to retain the bus lane, this leaves only one lane each way. How will the resulting huge tail of polluting southbound stationary traffic be avoided?

  6. March 2, 2012 3:26 pm

    Good plans. The bus lane will certainly be retained on this TLRN mixed priority route. In response to Sue Cartwright, to avoid the tailback of southbound stationary commercial traffic, a private motorist would change mode to walking, cycling, using buses or other public transport, or taking an alternative route like Penton Street. Be careful parking and opening a car door near Thornhill Bridge, with passing buses and cyclists – at least the single lane traffic will move more slowly.


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