High Holborn Healthy Streets scheme approved by Cabinet following public consultation

Camden Council’s Cabinet this evening (Wednesday 14 December) approved a range of cycling, pedestrian, road safety changes and public realm improvements to the High Holborn, Drake Street, Procter Street, Red Lion Square and Southampton Row area, following a consultation with residents, businesses and key interested groups between October and November 2022.

The approved scheme will:

  •  Reduce Drake Street and Procter Street to one traffic lane and one bus lane (permitting cycles and taxis), to allow space for a segregated cycle track. Bus stops and bus stands will be relocated and consolidated.
  • Add a “cycle gate” on Procter Street at the junction with High Holborn and a separate signal operated cycle lane on High Holborn, approaching Procter Street, providing further road safety benefits for people cycling.
  • Add a cycle early release and bigger cycle box at the junction of High Holborn and Southampton Row, with two-stage right turn facilities, and buff-coloured surfaces at pedestrian crossings.
  • Permit two-way cycling in and out of Red Lion Square.
  • On Fisher Street, introduce a westbound exit onto Southampton Row for cycles only, as well as improved wayfinding for eastbound cyclists to improve the connection to Red Lion Square and provide an alternative southbound route from Southampton Row to High Holborn that avoids the Theobalds Road/Drake Street junction.
  •  Introduce contra flow cycling on Catton Street.
  • Increase cycle boxes from 5m to 7.5m at the junction of Theobalds Road and Drake Street.
  • Extend the existing southbound bus lane, also permitting taxis and cycles, on Southampton Row from Catton Street through the junction to 20m south of High Holborn. 
  • Change the ahead and right turn lane on Kingsway north to a right turn only into Remnant Street.
  • Relocate the existing loading bay on High Holborn by 50m, with loading permitted 24 hours a day. East of Procter Street, allow loading but ban parking on the north side of High Holborn between the hours of 7pm-7am, with a new cycle facility provided east of Procter Street outside of loading hours.
  • Provide loading on Procter Street on the approach to High Holborn, permitted 7pm-7am.
  • Improvements to public realm in the area by adding planting including rain gardens.

 The permanent implementation of the changes to High Holborn, Drake Street and Procter Street is expected to start in March 2023.

Councillor Adam Harrison, Cabinet member for a Sustainable Camden

“It has been clear for too long that the Holborn area needs safety improvements. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of people who have died on the roads here while cycling.

“We have brought in a number of permanent safety improvements over the last few years, the most recent being in August this year at the Southampton Row/Theobalds Road junction.

“I would like to thank everyone who responded to our consultation on the proposed safety scheme for High Holborn, Drake Street and Procter Street. The responses led to amendments to include contra-flow cycling on Catton Street and further improve connectivity for cycling through the area.

“This is also a chance to bring in other “Healthy Street” improvements in this area, including better pedestrian facilities, adding plants and trees, and extending bus lanes.

“Working together with TfL, London's walking and cycling commissioner, and the mayor of London, these agreed changes will help ensure that the safety of cyclists is prioritised in the Holborn area, whilst improving the area for residents, businesses and visitors.”

Councillor Adam Harrison, Cabinet member for a Sustainable Camden

Walking and Cycling Commissioner Will Norman said:

“We’re determined to make London’s roads safer for everyone, which is why we are working with boroughs like Camden to deliver new investment in walking and cycling schemes across the capital.

“These changes in High Holborn, completed as part of the Healthy Streets scheme, are the next step in a number of new safety improvements in the area. We’re continuing to work closely with Camden to make roads across the borough safer as part of our commitment to improving London’s network of high-quality routes and infrastructure - and will be working with all boroughs over the coming months to develop our future plans for investment.

“There is still more to do to eradicate road deaths and serious injuries from our streets, but improvements like these are welcome as we build a greener, more sustainable and safer London for all."

  • You can view all the relevant reports and consultation information and results on the council’s website.
  • Between 17 October 2022 and 11 November 2022, the council carried out a public consultation on the proposed scheme. 6438 flyers were posted to all addresses within the area, 26 street notices were put up and 7 large banners on the street. These documents provided links and QR codes which directed people to the online survey and further detail about the scheme. Paper copies were also available on request.
  • 329 valid consultation responses were received. Of the consultees who responded to the public consultation, 70% supported the scheme and 28% objected to the scheme. 
  •  60% of responses were from people who lived outside Camden and overall, respondents from outside the borough were more in favour with the proposals, with 83% agreeing or strongly agreeing with the scheme, compared with 37% of those who live or work in the scheme area.  When the responses for all residents, businesses and organisations in Camden are combined, 56% supported the scheme.