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Overhaul planned of notorious Holborn junction

Cyclists welcome plans to remove junction and bring in cycle lanes

08 March, 2019

Cyclists protesting in summer last year

CYCLE campaigners have welcomed plans to remove the dangerous junction at Holborn after years of delays.

A mass protest was held last summer after the death of the fourth cyclist in five years in the area.

The Extra revealed last year how plans to transform the notorious roads were blocked by Transport for London in 2015.

This week TfL announced it secured £9.4million funding, alongside £3.1million from Camden Council, to remove the gyratory and introduce protected cycle lanes along High Holborn and Theobalds Road.

Parts of New Oxford Street and Great Russell Street are proposed to be closed to cars and a section of Bloomsbury Way could be for buses and cycles only.

Simon Munk, from London Cycling Campaign, said: “We massively welcome changes both to the gyratory and it begins the process of looking at the Old Street to Tottenham Court Road – the London Boulevard – route for cyclists.

“It’s well overdue. The funding should have been there for this scheme years ago. There have been too many people killed there; but it’s great to see it come forward now.”

An artist’s impression of how Museum Street could look 

Dr Peter Fisher, a world leading homeopathist who was one of the Queen’s doctors, died in a collision with a lorry in High Holborn.

Dr Fisher’s family told an inquest into his death that Mayor of London Sadiq Khan must “urgently” address cycle safety in the capital.

Alan Neve, 54, died in a collision less than 200 metres away in 2013.

Federica Baldassa, a 26-year-old who had just landed her dream job in the fashion industry, was killed by a delivery lorry as she cycled along nearby Vernon Place in 2015.

Francis Golding, 69, a leading architectural consultant, died after being hit by coach in Southampton Row in 2013.

Camden is among 11 boroughs to receive a share of £50million investment for “healthy streets” in London.

Mr Khan said this week: “For too long streets around London have been designed solely around cars and motor traffic. Our £50million investment will transform neighbourhoods and local town centres in inner and outer London, making them cleaner, greener, and more pleasant places to spend time.

“Working with these boroughs to make our streets more welcoming for walking and cycling is vital for our health and wellbeing, but also essential for the future vibrancy and success of London’s local high streets.”

Environment chief Cllr Adam Harrison said: “Holborn is a part of the borough that suffers from issues such as congestion, poor safety, and high levels of air pollution.

“So we are very pleased that Camden Council has been successful in our funding bid to deliver safer, world-class streets for residents, workers, and visitors.

“The plans will improve the environment for pedestrians and cyclists while also ensuring the area is easier to get to and move around in. Importantly we will also work to upgrade public transport around Holborn, which will contribute to rejuvenating the area and supporting new jobs and growth.”

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