Bloomsbury – a strategic vision update improvement

Backdated from previous BA website

In August 2010 Camden Council begin preparatory works to convert Russell Square to two way working. The change will improve safety and make journeys more direct whilst also reducing unnecessary traffic flow around the western three sides of the square. This will mean changes to signals at junctions around the square, removal of a substantial amount of guard railing and removal of the kerb segregation between the bus lane and general traffic.

Montague Place:  Works will begin in November 2010 to widen the footways, narrow the carriageway, replace the two way segregated cycle lane with a contraflow cycle lane and create a level pedestrian plaza linking the northern and southern footways. Coach parking will be provided on the northern side of the road only with additional parking relocated to Malet St.

The footways will be paved in York stone complimenting the surrounding area. The carriageway will be hot rolled asphalt. The raised plaza area is currently being designed to take into account the structural requirements of basements below the carriageway.

Completed work:

Woburn Walk restoration scheme.
Upper Woburn Place: new paving, extended pavements with granite sett parking bays, and a new zebra crossing.
Great Russell Street: new pedestrian refuge islands on Bloomsbury Square.
Bloomsbury Place and Bedford Place: raised crossing area with zebra crossing outside museum entrance, new and restored pavements in York stone on the northern side of the road.
Great Russell Street / Montague Place: footways and majority of carriageway works at Byng Place, new tree planting at Byng Place.

Background

Following on from ‘Bloomsbury – A Strategic Vision’ produced by Terry Farrell and Partners, we consulted residents and business groups in early 2007 on the vision and published a report setting out a way forward and identified potential schemes.

Transport for London provided Camden with funding to take forward proposals to public consultation in summer 2008.

The consultation focused on improving the following streets in Bloomsbury:

    * Byng Place
    * Malet Street
    * Montague Place
    * Great Russell Street
    * Upper Woburn Place
    * Tavistock Square
    * Woburn Place
    * Russell Square
    * Southampton Row

The main objective of the project is to provide a high-quality pedestrian environment whilst also restoring a coherent urban identity to Bloomsbury which takes into account the area’s rich cultural heritage. An enhanced public realm for these streets will provide significant benefits for all users including local residents, businesses, shoppers and the many visitors to the area.

The schemes were consulted on in July and August 2008, and all schemes received very high levels of support from the public. All the above works should be complated before the Olympics in 2012.

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