The input of people who live in, work in or visit the area is really valuable, and will help to increase Harrow’s chance of success. So please feed in your ideas or let us know if you support ours! Thank you!
Harrow council is consulting on three housing developments near Rayners Lane, Canons Park and Stanmore tube stations. The new housing will be available for shared ownership or affordable rent and will be built on the station car parks, with a reduction in car parking spaces.
There will be more cycle parking and the intention is that people will use walking, cycling and public transport rather than drive. However, unless the surrounding roads are improved for cycling very few people will cycle. We will be responding to the consultations calling for construction of cycle tracks on surrounding main roads, low traffic neighbourhoods, better junctions and an area-wide parking strategy (to encourage lower levels of car ownership).
Harrow is undergoing major new developments in the town centre, but the area is dominated by cars with poor walking and cycling facilities.
We are campaigning for major improvements – removal of through motor traffic from minor streets, cycle tracks along main roads with better junctions, more zebra crossings, and more cycle parking.
The improvements could be funded by TfL through the Liveable Neighbourhood scheme, if Harrow submits an application showing genuine commitment to active travel.
We have written to all councillors and sent them a booklet explaining our ideas, core concepts and examples of good practice elsewhere. We invite anyone who supports our aims to engage with their councillors and help make this happen.
The booklet can be downloaded here, and more detailed information about the proposals are here.
Harrow council is proposing to reduce through traffic in the Kingshill Avenue area in Kenton, by making short sections of road one way (with cycling exemption) or closing them to motor vehicles (leaving access for cycling). The consultation is currently open online here (deadline 31 July): https://consult.harrow.gov.uk/consult.ti/kishill/consultationHome
We are broadly in favour of this proposal – this is one of the few schemes in Harrow which actually aims to reduce traffic rather than merely reduce speeds. It will improve the area for walking and cycling. However with some minor changes it could be even better – if the proposed closure of Kingshill Avenue is moved further south it will close off the remaining through route for motor traffic and make the area much better for residents.
Harrow council is proposing to redevelop the Headstone Gardens / Harrow View / Headstone Drive traffic light junction to provide a pedestrian phase. Three out of four right turns will be banned at the junction to enable this to happen, and all pedestrians will cross at the same time (single-stage crossings). However, this route is a desire line for cycling (especially east-west) but cycling is not accommodated in this design – there are no segregated cycling facilities.
We think it is ESSENTIAL that segregated cycling facilities are built through this junction in the east-west direction. This needs to be planned as part of a scheme to enable cycling along Headstone Gardens / Headstone Drive, part of a link between North Harrow and Harrow and Wealdstone station. It is probably most feasible to build this scheme as a two-way segregated cycle track on the south side of the road. Our suggestions are given below in red.
In addition, cyclists should be able to turn right from any junction arm. Surrounding minor residential roads (Headstone South / Marlborough) should become low-traffic neighbourhoods, with measures to prevent rat-running by motorists trying to avoid the junction.
The speed limit on all roads in the area should be 20mph.
With reference to the Goodwill to All junction … we considered including cycle tracks on the footway to allow cyclists to bypass traffic queues at the signals during in the initial design stage of the scheme similar to your suggestion. Unfortunately, the footways along Headstone Gardens – Headstone Drive are not consistently wide enough to do so and therefore this was not feasible. Also, this would mean that the signal heads on Harrow View (south) would have to be relocated further back onto Harrow View, which would adversely affect the signal timing and network performance at the junction which is already operating over capacity at the moment. You will note that advanced cycle stop lines are included in the design and we will consider introducing no right turn except cyclists in the final design.
Our annual meeting where we will elect the committee to take us forward – please come along if you would like to help with our campaign. Positions available include co-ordinator, secretary, treasurer, rides co-ordinator, webmaster, and council liaison.
We have a couple of major campaigns in which we are liaising with the council – planning low-traffic neighbourhoods in Headstone South and surrounding areas, and developing a Liveable Neighbourhood proposal for central Harrow. Join us and help to make a difference!
The meeting is on Tuesday, 14 May 2019 from 19:30-21:00 at 60 Longley Road, Harrow, HA1 4TH.