Update 30 December: LBI sent a draft of their proposals Zebra Crossing Draft Proposals – Liverpool Road-Barnsbury Street to improve the junction just before Christmas ; these have not yet been finalised. I’m still not happy about about the ‘pocket’ for cyclists travelling east as it’s just paint on the road so will see if we can get something more substantial included. I’m doubtful if we’ll get this as there was talk about budgets, or lack of them, when we had the site visit. But if we don’t ask, we won’t get and if we don’t get, we can continue with campaigning. Probably unlikely that the consultation will go out in January as was originally hoped but good to see LBI trying to do the right thing. In parallel, a local councillor, Rowena Champion, is following up on a request for a risk assessment for that part of Liverpool Road.
Update 13 November With thanks to Rowena Champion, the local Cllr, LBI have agreed to perform a ‘risk assessment’ of this junction so we’ll see what comes of this.
Following 2 years campaigning, on 2 November 2017 we finally managed to meet a senior engineer from LBI’s Environment & Regeneration team and a local Barnsbury councillor at this dangerous junction of Liverpool Road and Barnsbury Street. The painful road leading up to this meeting was described in our September 2017 newsletter 117 Cycle Islington newsletter September 2017. We spent about 20 minutes talking about its many failings and witnessing cyclists trying to dodge the traffic racing along Liverpool Road. After the site visit, we confirmed our understanding of what the next steps would be – summary below. It was a very constructive meeting and we warmly welcomed this opportunity – at last ! – to talk to LBI about improvements to this hideous junction.
- LIB will get some plans drawn up to show positioning of a refuge perhaps at a slight angle in the middle of the zebra crossing where bikes travelling west to east can wait for a safe crossing
- LBI will arrange to review signage at the start of the one-way section of Barnsbury Road, which is two-way for bikes
- LBI will arrange to repaint the ‘cycle path’ on that section of the road
- It is unlikely that LBI could do anything about the traffic calming ‘cushions’ even although they encourage cars to swerve in the middle of the road when coming east > west
- LBI do not think it possible to do anything about making the east>west crossing easier for cyclists due to lack of budget although if budget was available, this could be reviewed. LBI felt this would be an expensive project due to the complexity of the junction. NB: this will be our focus once agreed work is implemented.
- The local Cllr said that she was looking into getting readings of speeds on Liverpool Road as she is already doing this elsewhere in the ward; this could be very useful to provide stats for doing something about the speeding cars.
- Next steps: plans to be drawn up by Christmas 2017 and will be sent to Eilidh Murray; consultation probably in January 2018 with the project having to be completed by the end of the financial year, March 2018