The Commonplace engagement survey, which was available on this page during the trial scheme, is now closed. Following a public consultation that closed on March 18, we have decided to make the traffic changes proposed during the consultation permanent.
This includes the smaller pedestrian and cycle zone on Queen's Crescent, the moving of the Grafton Road restriction further north, and new cycle hangars.
You can read the full decision report here and read the monitoring factsheet for data on the scheme here . The update leaflet sent to residents in July 2022 is available at the bottom of this page.
Update on ongoing public realm works
Following an approval of traffic measures that we consulted on in March, we’re now turning our attention to the much-awaited works on Queen’s Crescent worth £1.9 million from the Mayor of London – this includes improvements to pavements, trees, seating, lighting, support for the market, and more.
This work includes a new iconic entrance to Queen’s Crescent from Malden Road. You told us the entrance to the street is uninspiring – that’s why we’re laying down a ‘welcome mat’ that will make it clear you have entered the Queen’s Crescent market with an iconic crescent design. What’s more, this welcome mat will make crossing the road here safer and easier.
We will also be making Queen’s Crescent a more pleasant, comfortable, and safe place to visit with the introduction of lighting that will improve the feeling of safety when it’s dark, improved footways, and seating along the street that will allow people to rest when visiting the Crescent.
We will also look to increase the number of trees on the Crescent – one of your main requests to make the street more pleasant. And the market, which is the heart of the street, will be supported with new electricity bollards ahead of the development of a new market strategy that will breathe new life into the historic market.
The update flyer sent to residents and businesses in December 2022 can be found at the bottom of this webpage.
What's happening now?
We are now developing the design on the public realm parts of the project - this includes key work such as new pavements, green space and developing the market.
As part of our upcoming improvements to Queen’s Crescent, we have now completed our survey work on the street. This aimed to assess the ground underneath the road and pavement to understand what new additions – such as trees – we will be able to install on the street.
We would like to thank you for your patience during these works.
We will soon be providing updates on the final design of the street – Please stay tuned for updates.
History of the Project
Following a public consultation in early 2021, we introduced a trial motor traffic-free environment on a section of Queen's Crescent between Bassett Street and Weedington Road. We also introduced a motor vehicle restriction on Weedington Road and on Grafton Road to prevent traffic that used to travel down Queen's Crescent from using these streets as a route between Southampton Row/Malden Road and Kentish Town Road/Prince of Wales Road.
The need for improvements to Queen’s Crescent to support walking and cycling and reduce traffic volumes and speeds was first identified in 2015 via the Gospel Oak Regeneration consultation. Since then, a scheme of public realm improvements on Queen’s Crescent has been developed in response to the findings of the Gospel Oak Regeneration consultation. Since 2015 the scheme has been through the following steps:
During the summer of 2020 a proposal in the Stage 2 report was brought to the funder’s (the Greater London Authority (GLA)) Design Review Panel. The GLA’s panel indicated that a more ambitious scheme should be considered to respond to the challenges posed by the pandemic and the priorities raised by the community in the Stage 2 report. During the community co-design of the Queen’s Crescent Public Realm project, local people expressed a clear priority to address vehicle dominance on the street and improve the pedestrian experience, which included:
In response to the feedback from the GLA and local residents an enhanced public realm scheme is being proposed as a trial. The experience gained during the trial and the information gathered from the community to date and during the trial will feed into a proposal for a permanent scheme which will be consulted on 6 months after the launch of the trial. This permanent scheme proposal consultation will potentially contain both elements of the trial and elements of the proposals within the Stage 2 report of the Queen’s Crescent Public Realm project.
We had over 340 responses and following the consultation we have modified the proposals based on the feedback received and made the decision to implement the proposed modified changes as a trial. You can read the decision report relating to this scheme, which contains full details on the consultation and our responses to feedback received, as well as an Equalities Impact Assessment .
The scheme is intended to make it easier and safer for people to walk and cycle and to help make Queen's Crescent and the streets around it a more pleasant place to visit, shop and spend time. The changes are being made on a trial basis before a full public consultation, 6 months after a trial scheme, is launched.
Please note that all visualisations included on this webpage are aspirational. As the final design of the Queen’s Crescent scheme progresses, some elements are subject to minor changes and may appear differently in the final scheme that is built.