Swain's Lane Safe and Healthy Street


Swain's Lane Safe and Healthy Street

Consultation update November 2021

The Commonplace engagement survey, which has been available on this page during the trial scheme is now closed.

In August/September 2021 we ran a consultation on the changes we proposed for this area. Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their views. We had over 390 responses to our consultation and you can read the decision report relating to this which includes our feedback to the responses. We are now making permanent changes in this location.

What was the issue on Swain's Lane?

Concerns were raised on the Making Travel Safer in Camden Commonplace platform about:

  • The lack of space for social distancing
  • Large amounts of through-motor traffic using Swain's Lane as a cut through to avoid Highgate West Hill and Dartmouth Park Hill
  • Issues with speeding traffic
  • Cycling safety on Swain's Lane

As 61% of households in Camden do not own a car and public transport capacity remains much lower than before the pandemic, we know that safe and easy walking, cycling and scooting routes are more important than ever. Supporting and encouraging those who are able to walk and cycle, by creating safer streets will ensure that there is more space available on public transport and on our roads for those who need it the most.

What are the changes we are now making?

Following the consultation we have removed the banned right turn from Swain’s Lane onto South Grove.

We are proposing to permanently keep the banned right turn onto Bisham Gardens as the results of the consultation showed support for this trial change so we will be making this element of the scheme permanent using a new Traffic Management Order (TMO).

Banning the right turn onto Bisham Gardens will help to prevent vehicles using this route as a cut through between main roads, making it safer for people to walk and cycle. We are now consulting on this and the proposals are available online.

Additional materials

This engagement phase has finished

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