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Cabinet Member Report
Date:
Subject:
16 December 2008
Great Queen Street – Proposed New Public Square
Summary
This report details the measures proposed at the junction of Great Queen Street
and Drury Lane to create a new public square and improve pedestrian and traffic
flows. It also presents the results of the recent public consultation and in light of
the results received, seeks approval to proceed with the detailed design and
implementation of the scheme.
As the scheme falls on the borough boundary with Camden, it is being
progressed as a joint initiative between Westminster City Council and the London
Borough of Camden, through the Clear Zones Partnership funded by TfL.
Key elements of the scheme include the creation of a new public square by
relocation of one lane of the carriageway, the removal of traffic signals to improve
traffic and pedestrian flows, the implementation of a zebra crossing and other
informal crossing points, the removal of street clutter and improvements to
lighting.
Recommendations
That the Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport:
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Notes the results of the public consultation on the proposals for the
junction of Great Queen Street with Drury Lane;
Approves the implementation of the measures as detailed in the report and
in the plan in Appendix 1, subject to compliance with statutory
requirements;
Delegates authority to the Director of Transportation to enter into an
agreement under section 8 of the Highways Act 1980 with the London
Borough of Camden and to enter into such other legal agreements and
make such traffic orders as may be needed for the implementation of the
proposed scheme.
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Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport
16 December 2008
For General Release
Great Queen Street – Proposed New Public Square
Director of Transportation
St James
Local Implementation Plan
Walking Strategy
Covent Garden Action Plan
The total expenditure of up to £700,000 from TfL
through Clear Zones to enable scheme to be
implemented.
Report Author:
Alex Coley
Senior Transport Planner
Contact details
Alex Coley
Telephone:020 7641 3468
Fax:020 7641 2658
Email: [email protected]
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Background Information
1.1
The Great Queen Street junction with Drury Lane and Long Acre is situated
near Covent Garden on the borough boundary between Westminster City
Council and the London Borough of Camden. Although the borough boundary
mainly follows the centreline of the carriageways at the junction, there is a
maintenance agreement in place between Camden and Westminster that
determines which footways and which carriageways are maintained by which
borough. A plan showing both the borough boundary (green line) and the
maintenance agreement boundary (blue line) is contained in Appendix 2.
Please note that Appendix 2 is not intended to be definitive in terms of the
detail of the scheme – this is shown in Appendix 1.
1.2
The junction is currently unattractive and has a lot of unused carriageway
space. The junction contains a large pedestrian island, surrounded by
guardrail, that divides the wide carriageway on the Great Queen Street arm.
Long Acre is one-way away from the junction, Drury Lane is one-way north
through the junction and Great Queen Street is two-way, that is divided by the
pedestrian island. Right turns are permitted both in and out of Great Queen
Street, as well as the straight-ahead into Long Acre. The junction is traffic
signal-controlled and includes a staggered pedestrian crossing that uses the
pedestrian island.
1.3
Great Queen Street’s historic origins are that it was created as a royal private
way to Lincoln’s Inn Fields for Queen Anne, wife of King James I. Some early
18th century buildings remain in the street and are now listed. The
Freemasons’ Hall, on the corner of Wild Street and Great Queen Street was
completed in 1933 and is considered an important example of Art Deco
architecture. The existing carriageway space was created at this time and the
facades of the remaining adjacent buildings were clad in Portland stone to
enhance the setting of the Hall. The intention of the Freemasons was to build
a square to complement the Hall, but this was rejected by Holborn Borough
Council. The existing traffic dominated layout has developed in the
subsequent years.
1.4
The junction has been signalised for about 10 years and the junction is not
linked to any other part of the signals network. Traffic flows are low and
pedestrian flows are high, and the signals do not allow efficient movement of
pedestrians or vehicular traffic. The junction has a low accident record, but is
considered pedestrian unfriendly due to the narrow footways, large
carriageways and large amounts of pedestrian guardrail and other street
clutter present in the area.
1.5
In the last week of November and the first week of December 2007 a twoweek trial was undertaken to test the proposed scheme as closely as possible.
This involved one week monitoring normal traffic and pedestrian flows, and
one week with the traffic signals switched off. The monitoring used manual
counts and video cameras to record 24 hours a day. Highway Design
Partnership provided before and after traffic and pedestrian flow information
for officers to assess the impact of the trial and helped to guide the Great
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Queen Street design process. The results of the trial scheme showed that
without traffic lights the junction operated more efficiently for both pedestrians
and traffic.
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Scheme Design Proposals
2.1
The Clear Zone partnership of Westminster and Camden has developed a
scheme which will create a new public square at the junction of Great Queen
Street and Drury Lane. The details of this proposal are shown in the plan in
Appendix 1. This main elements of the scheme include:
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Creating a public space on the north side of Great Queen Street at the
junction of Drury Lane and Long Acre, by relocating the carriageway to
the south side and removing the traffic lights, guard railing and the
existing pedestrian island;
Raising the carriageway throughout the junction in order to create
informal pedestrian crossing opportunities and to make drivers more
aware that they are entering an area with high pedestrian flows. A small
kerb up-stand would be retained between carriageway and footway so
that the change between footway and carriageway is as visible as
possible for visually impaired users;
Installing a new zebra crossing on Drury Lane to replace the existing
signal crossing and provide pedestrian priority for those who require it;
Widening the pavements on Great Queen Street, Drury Lane, Wild Street
and outside the Freemasons’ Hall;
Narrowing part of the pavement (slightly) on the south side of Great
Queen Street, to remove a kink in the existing kerb line and to line up the
pedestrian crossing point over Drury Lane;
Splitting the motorcycle bay into two, and planting three trees; one at
each end and one between them;
Reducing street clutter by removing traffic lights, pedestrian guard
railings, unnecessary traffic signs, and the pair of telephone boxes;
Improving the lighting levels, where possible, by using lanterns on the
surrounding buildings to further reduce street clutter and improve
sightlines by removing the lighting columns;
Providing four benches on the square (on the Camden side of the
boundary) to encourage people to use Great Queen Street and to deter
illegal parking on the square. These benches will be designed with input
from Camden’s Community Safety officers;
Planting one large tree on the new square, which would provide a
landmark;
Installing a new raised loading bay on the widened pavement outside the
Lowlander café on Drury Lane, which would provide a wider footway
when not in use; and
No reduction in motorcycle, loading or residents’ parking provision.
The proposed scheme would create a new public square that would greatly
improve walking routes through the area, and create a recognisable location
and new landmark. The proposed scheme would increase footway area and
would improve the quality of the streetscape through the use of high quality
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paving materials. These improvements should also help to enhance the
economic vitality and viability of the area. Together with the proposals for
improvement of walking and cycling on Long Acre, this scheme complements
work already being undertaken in the Covent Garden area to alleviate
pressure on the London Underground.
2.3
The results of the scheme will be closely monitored by Westminster, Camden,
and TfL. If successful, it could lead to the removal of signals as part of other
schemes where similar benefits could be achieved.
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Programme
3.1
Camden’s Members considered a report on this scheme at their Executive
(Environment) Sub-Group Committee on 13 November 2008. The group
decided to support the report’s recommendations to proceed with the scheme.
If the scheme is subsequently approved by Westminster, the scheme can
proceed to detailed design and implementation.
3.2
As the lead partner on this scheme, Camden will be responsible for the
implementation of this scheme and the relevant legal agreements will be put in
place to allow this to happen.
3.3
Subject to the above approvals and legal agreements, it is anticipated that
works would commence in February/March 2009 using TfL funded Clear Zone
money from the 2008/09 budget. Works would then continue into the 2009/10
financial year using next year’s allocated budget from TfL.
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Financial Implications
4.1
The Great Queen Street Public Square scheme is being funded through the
TfL Clear Zones budget. The scheme has a budget of £290,000 for the
2008/09 financial year and a further £350,000 has been committed from the
same funding source for 2009/2010.
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Legal Implications
5.1
Due to the scheme falling on the borough boundary, an agreement under
section 8 of the Highways Act 1980, will be required permitting Camden’s
service providers to implement the scheme on both sides of the boundary.
This will also incorporate a maintenance agreement covering the first year
following implementation. After this initial period the existing maintenance
agreement will stand.
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Staffing Implications
6.1
There are no staffing implications arising from this report.
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Outstanding Issues
7.1
There are no outstanding issues associated with this report.
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Business Plan Implications
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8.1
Whilst there is no specific reference to this scheme in the 2008/2009
Transportation Business Plan it will contribute to the following objectives set
out in Appendix 3 of the Business Plan:
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Objective 8 – ‘Promote sustainable transport (walking)’. The action
under this objective is to ‘consult on, design and/or implement
schemes to promote walking’. It is considered that the Great Queen
Street Public Square scheme meets this objective as it creates a more
pedestrian friendly environment.
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Objective 10 – ‘Improve the pedestrian environment’. One of the
actions under this objective is to complete the improvements to Long
Acre. Since the Great Queen Street / Drury Lane junction is at the end
of Long Acre, it fits well with this business plan action.
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Consultation
9.1
1230 Consultation documents were distributed, including 1164 to local
residents and businesses in both Westminster and Camden. Eight leaflets
were distributed amongst chief officers and the relevant Ward Members at
Westminster City Council. 66 documents were sent to Statutory Consultees
(listed in Appendix 3), local groups and Camden’s Ward Councillors. The
consultation period ran for 1 month from 15 September 2008 to 15 October
2008. Late responses were accepted until 20 October 2008.
9.2
A total of 100 responses were received, giving a response rate of 8%. Six
responses were anonymous, but one of those indicated that they were a
resident. The results were analysed by Camden and a summary is displayed
in the tables below. A short summary of the actual responses received is
contained in Appendix 4, together with comments from Council officers:
Response
No. of responses
Yes (support)
No (do not support)
No opinion
TOTAL
86 (86%)
12 (12%)
2 (2%)
100
Response
Residents
Businesses
Yes
63
(87%)
13
(93%)
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Statutory
Consultees
5
(71%)
Other
stakeholder
0
(0%)
No
No
opinion
TOTAL
9
(13%)
0
(0%)
72
(100%)
1
(7%)
0
(0%)
14
(100%)
0
(0%)
2
(29%)
7
(100%)
1
(100%)
0
(0%)
1
(100%)
9.3
The responses received have not resulted in any changes to the scheme
consulted on, however there are some issues that will be investigated further
at the detailed design stage.
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Crime and Disorder Act 1998
10.1
The measures in this report are not expected to have any implications under
the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.
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Health and Safety Issues
11.1
All works undertaken will be closely monitored and carried out to the
requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act and the Construction
(Design and Management) Regulations 2007.
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Impact on Health and Wellbeing
12.1
It is considered that the proposals identified in this report may have an overall
positive impact on the health and well-being of the community, albeit fairly
minimal. The main impacts are in the form of the scheme hopefully
encouraging more people to walk through the area by the creation of a more
pleasant pedestrian environment. Improving traffic flows through the area as a
result of the removal of the traffic signals should also have some benefits in
terms of reducing emissions from vehicles passing through the junction. A full
health and well-being matrix is attached to this report in Appendix 5.
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Equalities & Diversity Considerations
13.1
The Disabilities Discrimination Act Officer at Camden has been consulted on
the scheme and is happy with the proposals.
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Outstanding Issues
14.1
There are no outstanding issues which apply to this report.
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Co-operation with Health Authorities
15.1
The proposals in this report do not have any implications under sections 26
and 27 of the Health Act 1999.
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Human Rights Act 1998
16.1
There are no matters arising under the Human Rights Act 1998.
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Conclusions and Reasons for the Proposed Decisions
17.1
The results of the consultation demonstrate that consultees are strongly in
favour of the proposals and none of the comments received have required
changes to the design consulted upon. The scheme would provide a
significant environmental improvement by creating a new square and
providing a better junction for through traffic and pedestrians.
17.2
The Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport is therefore
recommended to:
- note the results of the public consultation on the proposals for the
junction of Great Queen Street with Drury Lane;
- approve the proposals outlined in this report for implementation by
Camden;
- delegate authority to the Director of Transportation to enter into an
agreement under section 8 of the Highways Act 1980 with the
London Borough of Camden and to enter into such other legal
agreements and make such traffic orders as may be needed for
the implementation of the proposed scheme.
If you have any queries about this report or wish to inspect one of the
background papers please contact Alex Coley on 020 7641 3468, fax 020 7641
2658, email: [email protected]
List of Background Papers
1.
London Borough of Camden Decision Report dated 17 November 2008.
2.
Consultation responses
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For completion by Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport
Declaration of Interest
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I have no interest to declare in respect of this report
Signed ……………………………. Date ………………………………
NAME: Councillor Danny Chalkley, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport
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I have to declare an interest
State nature of interest ……..……………………………………………
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Signed ……………………………. Date …………………………………
NAME: Councillor Danny Chalkley, Cabinet Member for Environment and
Transport
(N.B: If you have an interest you should seek advice as to whether it is appropriate
to make a decision in relation to this matter.)
For the reasons set out above, I agree the recommendation(s) in the report entitled
Great Queen Street – New Public Square
Signed ………………………………………………
Councillor Danny Chalkley, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport
Date …………………………………………………
For Ward Specific Reports Only
In reaching this decision I have given due regard to any representations made
by relevant Ward Members.
Signed ………………………………………………
Councillor Danny Chalkley, Cabinet Member for Environment and
Transport
Date …………………………………………………
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alternative decision, it is important that you consult the report author, the Head
of Legal Services, the Director of Finance and, if there are staffing implications,
the Director of Human Resources (or their representatives) so that (1) you can
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be properly identified and recorded, as required by law.
Note to Cabinet Member: Your decision will now be published and copied
to the Members of the relevant Policy & Scrutiny Committee. If the
decision falls within the criteria for call-in, it will not be implemented until
five working days have elapsed for any call-in request to be received.
APPENDIX 1
Proposed design (as consulted on)
Drawing number: TE00385\CD
APPENDIX 2
Map showing borough boundary and maintenance responsibilities
Drawing number: TE385/DC/07/D01
APPENDIX 3
List of stakeholders consulted
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Automobile Association
British Motorcyclists Federation
Camden Civic Society
Camden Cycle Campaign
Covent Garden Area Trust
Corporation of London
Cyclists’ Touring Club
Disability in Camden
Dudley Court Tenants Association
English Heritage
Freight Transport Association
London Fire & Civil Defence Authority – Kentish Town
Licensed Taxi Drivers Association
London Ambulance Service
London Chamber of Commerce
London Fire Brigade
Metropolitan Police
Motorcycle Action Group
National Car Parks (NCP)
Newton Street Residents Association
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
Road Haulage Association
Royal Mail London Central
Transport for London
Transport for London – Road Network Development
Transport for London – Bus Priority Team
Transport and General Workers Union
The Owner Drivers Society
The Royal Parks
Transport for All
Visually Impaired in Camden
Visit London Ltd
APPENDIX 4
Consultation responses from Statutory Consultees and Local Groups
1.0
The Metropolitan Police
1.1
The Metropolitan Police (Traffic Management Unit, based at Drummond
Crescent) stated that they had no adverse comments and welcomed most of
the proposals, but they had a road safety concern about the location of the
zebra crossing. They noted that, as it was not on the desire line, pedestrians
may cross south of the crossing when drivers’ attention would be on the
crossing itself. They felt that this could lead to conflicts and collisions.
1.2
Although not on our list of Statutory Consultees, a response was also received
from the Metropolitan Police, Lamb’s Conduit Street Station. They were fully
supportive of the proposals, but commented that patrons from the local pubs
may be able to drift onto the new public space. They noted, however, that this
could be adequately managed by using licensing laws and Controlled Drinking
Zones.
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Officer response
The Traffic Management Unit’s concern is presumably a minor one, as they
stated at the beginning of their letter that they had no adverse comments. It is
considered that the issue raised is an unlikely scenario. Vehicle speeds would
be low and pedestrians crossing at his point would be in sufficiently high
numbers not to surprise drivers when crossing at this point.
There are a number of reasons why the zebra crossing has been located
where it is, which include:
 Good practice. It is not advisable to place a zebra crossing too close to
a junction where vehicles are turning towards it. Drivers exiting Great
Queen Street would be looking south, away from the zebra, to check for
approaching vehicles as they pull out. If the zebra crossing is close to
the junction the driver may not turn to look towards it in time in order to
react if a pedestrian has stepped onto the crossing.
 Volume of pedestrians. There are huge numbers of pedestrians
crossing Drury Lane between Long Acre and Great Queen Street. If
they were to be given priority on the desire line it is possible that the
vehicular traffic could be significantly delayed.
 A safer crossing environment would be provided. It is recognised that
pedestrians will want to cross on the desire line and, by narrowing and
raising the carriageway, most pedestrians would have the confidence to
be able to cross safely at this location. The traffic flows are low, leaving
plenty of crossing opportunities. The zebra crossing would be available
for anyone not confident to cross in this manner.
 The zebra crossing would be provided at the same location as the
existing signalised crossing point. This lines it up with the front of the
buildings on the north side of Great Queen Street, so that it can still be
found by the visually impaired. This would be particularly helpful for
anyone using a cane that may be following the building line. Moving the
crossing nearer to the junction would make it difficult to locate from the
Great Queen Street side.
2.0
The Camden Cycling Campaign
2.1
The Camden Cycling Campaign (CCC) support the proposals and noted that
their members were often delayed by the signals, even though there was often
no traffic going the other way. They requested cycle symbols on the
carriageway, as the junction is on London Cycle Network Route 6 and their
need was highlighted in the CRISP report for Link 28 (the Camden part of
Route 6). They also requested involvement in the selection of locations for
cycle parking. They expressed disappointment that Westminster City Council
would not be providing a contra-flow cycle lane on Long Acre.
Officer comments
2.2
The request for cycle symbols will be considered as part of the detailed
design. The CCC would also be consulted on the cycle stand locations, the
selection of which would also form part of the detailed design of the scheme.
The provision of a contra-flow cycle lane is currently being reconsidered by
Westminster officers.
3.0
The Royal Mail and The Confederation of Passenger Transport
3.1
The Royal Mail did not support the scheme, as they were concerned that
narrowing the carriageway would make it difficult for them to make collections
and deliveries. The Confederation of Passenger Transport supported the
scheme, but raised a minor concern about the ability to turn 12 and 14 metre
coaches from Great Queen Street into Drury Lane.
Officer comments
3.2
The carriageway would be narrowed to maximise space for pedestrians, in an
area where traffic counts show clearly that pedestrians dominate. There are
loading bays proposed as part of the scheme, including a new one on Drury
Lane, which the Royal Mail could use. Most of the area where it is proposed to
narrow the carriageway is within the existing signalised junction where it would
not be acceptable to stop for loading purposes currently. The detailed design
for the final scheme would take account of the need to turn long vehicles at
the junction to ensure that they would be able to do so.
4.0
The Covent Garden Area Trust
4.1
The Covent Garden Area Trust did not support the proposal and commented
that, although they welcomed the broad principle, they were concerned that
the design lacked recognition of the historic character of the street. They also
added that the modified alignment of the carriageway and junctions dominates
the design and fragments what should be a unified and coherent urban space.
Officer comments
4.2
As alluded to in paragraph 1.2 in the background section above, the
Freemasons’ redeveloped this western end of Great Queen Street in 1933
with the purpose of creating a square. For reasons unknown the square was
not built in the 1930s by Holborn Borough Council. Officers have not seen this
original design but it is unlikely to be compatible with current traffic patterns,
which the current proposal takes into account. Removal of the signals and
guard railings and reclamation of carriageway space for pedestrians would be
a significant improvement that would presumably be closer to the ideas in the
1930’s than the current situation. It would create a more unified space and
enhance the setting of the Freemasons’ Hall and the surrounding buildings.
5.0
The Royal Parks and Motorcycle Action Group
5.1
The Royal Parks and the Motorcycle Action Group responded, but both
ticked ‘no opinion’ and made no comments.
Responses from local businesses
5.2
14 local businesses responded, including two major priority owners in the
area. Only one did not support the proposal. They stated that they did not think
the scheme would benefit their business and suggested that the whole of
Great Queen Street should be pedestrianised. Two other business added
comments in support of their approval of the proposals. One suggested it
would be a massive improvement to the existing layout and more friendly to
pedestrians. The other stated that they fully support proposals and felt it was
vital for the quality of visitor and commuter experience.
6.0
Responses from Local Residents
6.1
9 negative responses were received from residents, which included comments
on issues such as:
 Closing roads and making them narrower increases journey time, traffic
jams and pollution.
 The need for more parking spaces
 Increased noise from use of seating at night/overspill from pubs
 Anti-social behaviour associated with the benches at night, e.g. rough
sleepers/drug takers
 The scheme would be a waste of money
 The line of trees would block light to adjacent flats
Officer response
6.2
The scheme proposes no changes to traffic movement, only to traffic control
(i.e. by removal of the signals). None of the existing permitted turns would be
prevented. With low traffic volumes, the removal of the signals would allow
traffic to pass through the area more efficiently. Traffic would no longer be held
at red lights unnecessarily, so pollution from stationary vehicles should be
reduced.
6.3
The number of residents parking bays in the area would be unaffected by the
proposals.
6.4
The benches would be designed so as not to be comfortable to sit on for long
periods, particularly with respect to rough sleeping. Anti-social use is a
potential problem, but efforts would be made to design this out. Reported
problems would be dealt with by the police, as would be the case for other
locations in Central London. Street drinking specifically could be dealt by
enforcement of licensing laws and the Controlled Drinking Zone, which covers
the whole of Camden and would include the new square.
6.5
The species of tree on the south side of Great Queen Street would be
deciduous and carefully selected for their small height and light canopy. This
would ensure views of the Masonic Hall are maintained from Long Acre and
should also prevent them from blocking significant amounts of light from
nearby properties.
6.6
63 positive responses were received from residents, which equates to 87% of
the total residential responses received. Comments in favour included:
 The traffic lights are not necessary
 Good idea; long overdue
 The recent Thames Water works showed that traffic reduction in the
area is feasible
 The new public space would be an asset
 Support removal of street clutter
 More benches are beneficial
 Would create a more cosmopolitan/European city feel
 Would make the area more accessible/pedestrian friendly
 Would reduce traffic noise and pollution
6.7
Some additional concerns were raised by those in favour of the scheme,
including:
 Lack of pedestrian crossing provision across Great Queen Street
 Removal of signals could result in accidents due to speed along Drury
Lane
 Need for traffic calming on Drury Lane
 The area needs to be properly disabled friendly
 Raised junction could be confusing to children
 Footway on south side of Great Queen Street would become more
congested
 Shortage of local parking/motorcycle bays/cycle stands
 Motorcycle bays should be moved to other nearby streets
 Works should not be allowed to take too long
Officer comments
6.8
The raised junction would provide traffic calming on Drury Lane. It would be
designed so as to retain a small kerb upstand to make the edge of the footway
legible to users with disabilities. The carriageway surface would be
constructed in asphalt to visually contrast with the footway areas, which would
be paved. This would also assist visually impaired users and should make the
distinction clear to children. At the uncontrolled crossing points at the junctions
the kerbs would be dropped to flush with the raised carriageway surface to
ensure ease of crossing for all users, although there would be no tactile
paving in line with Westminster City Council’s current practice. The traffic
calming element of the design would also assist pedestrians when crossing
and the traffic flows are low enough to ensure gaps in the traffic are frequently
available.
6.9
Recent pedestrian count data indicates that the pedestrians arriving at the
Drury Lane/Great Queen Street junction from Long Acre are split
approximately in half between using the north and south footways. However,
works currently being undertaken by Westminster in Long Acre include the
replacement of the roundabout at the junction with Bow Street and Endell
Street with a ‘diagonal’ zebra crossing. This crossing would connect the south
west corner of the junction with the north east corner, which is likely to result in
more pedestrians using the northern side of Long Acre when walking towards
Great Queen Street. This would result in less pedestrian ‘through traffic’ using
the southern footway in Great Queen Street and result in more using the
proposed public square on the northern side. In addition, it is proposed to
remove some street clutter on this footway. The existing tree would be
relocated to a gap created in the existing motorcycle bays and the traffic signal
apparatus, including the control box, would be removed. Officers are also
investigating removal of the telephone box. When combined with
Westminster’s works in Long Acre, therefore, a slight narrowing of the footway
on the southern side of Great Queen Street should not result in increased
congestion on it.
6.10 The existing pay-and-display bays in Great Queen Street are on the Camden
side of the borough boundary and the motorcycle bays are on the Westminster
side. Traffic surveys showed there was potential to relocate some pay-anddisplay parking to other streets nearby (in Camden), however, no suitable
alternative location for the motorcycle bays could be found nearby within
Westminster so they are being left in the same position. There would be no
reduction in the available residents’ parking bays. However, further analysis of
the pay-and-display ticket machine income indicates that there is not the
demand to require the existing level of pay-and-display parking in the area.
There is sufficient capacity in the remaining 5-car space pay-and-display bay
in Great Queen Street, next to the Freemasons’ Hall, to absorb the loss of the
3-space bay. The 8 spaces in Great Queen Street operate at an average
occupancy of only 42%, but the remaining five spaces represent 62% of the
total capacity. It is therefore proposed that the three pay-and-display spaces
(on the Camden side of the boundary) should not be replaced.
APPENDIX 5
Health and Well being Matrix
Toolkit FOR HEALTH AND WELL BEING
What are the potential impacts of the report on the following determinants of health? (see
STEP 1:
diagram)
consult prompts overleaf. Select the column indicating High (H) Medium (M) or Low (L)
Determinant of Health
Positive
No
Impact
Potential
Negative
Not
Sure
Comments
Environmental conditions
External air quality, air pollution
Air quality in buildings
L



Water quality and pollution
Clean city and recycling
The Built Environment & open
space
Energy Consumption
Accessibility, mobility & transport
Noise
General Socio-economic and
cultural conditions
The removal of the traffic signals should smooth
traffic flows through the area, therefore reducing
congestion and vehicular emissions.
M
The creation of a public square and planting of a
new tree should help to improve the street
environment.
L
By easing congestion through the area, petrol
consumption for those travelling through the area
may be marginally improved.
M

The removal of traffic signals and creation of new
pedestrian crossing opportunities should improve
accessibility.

The removal of the traffic signals may reduce
engine noise associated with traffic stopping and
starting at the lights.
L
Recommendations

Poverty
Community Safety
Housing Conditions
Crime
Education
Employment
M
The site already has a fairly low accident record,
however the creation of informal crossing points
should encourage motorists to drive more
cautiously through the area





Work Environment
L

The creation of a public square with seating will
create an area for employees from nearby
workplaces to spend their lunch-breaks
Leisure
L

The creation of a public square with seating will
create an area for shoppers/visitors to rest in
Accidents
Agriculture & food
Social and Community
Network
social exclusion
Community Development
Health Services
Social services
L
Determinant of Health
Positive
Lifestyle
Diet

The site already has a fairly low accident record,
however the creation of informal crossing points
should encourage drivers to drive more cautiously
through the area thereby improving road safety





No
Impact

Potential
Negative
Not
Sure
Comments
Recommendations
Physical Activity
Smoking
Alcohol
Sexual Behaviour
Drugs
L
Creating a more pleasant walking route through this
junction may encourage more people to walk a
route that they may have previously driven or used
public transport for.






Other
Step 2:
What populations are affected by the policy?
Tick the appropriate column and indicate whether it affects some (S) or All (A)
Population Groups
Residents
Positive
Potential
Negative
Not
Sure
L
Non residents - visitors
M
The creation of a public square will create an area
for employees from nearby workplaces to spend
their lunch breaks
The creation of a public square will create an area
for visitors to rest in.

Black and minority ethnic groups
M
Comments
Residents will be provided with a more pleasant
public space and increased pedestrian crossing
opportunities
M
Non residents - workers
People with disability
Children
Women
No
Impact




The provision of a raised carriageway area, with a
very small kerb should aid those with disabilities
when they cross the road. The zebra crossing will
retain a more formal crossing point for those who
require it.
Recommendations
Older People
Other vulnerable people with
mental health problems;
homeless people;and assylum
seekers, gay and lesbian groups
etc (detail)……….
M


The provision of a raised carriageway area with a
very small kerb and also a zebra crossing should
aid those who are less agile. The provision of
benches in the public square may also be of benefit
to older people.
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