Hampstead High Street zebra crossing saved from axe
More than two thirds of consultation responses opposed changing crossing
21 February, 2019 — By Helen Chapman
PLANS to remove a zebra crossing in Hampstead High Street and replace it with traffic lights have been dropped.
Transport for London and the council launched a consultation into whether to make the changes near Oriel Place with the view that traffic congestion holds up the number 46 and 268 buses.
The results published yesterday (Wednesday) said “more than 63 per cent of respondents objected to the proposal to convert the existing zebra crossing by Oriel Place to a signalised crossing” and it would “not be taken forward to detailed design and implementation”.
Conservative councillor Oliver Cooper said: “I am delighted about the changes. I appreciate all the support that Hampstead residents gave in its process. It enshrines the importance of the zebra crossing in the village.”
Volunteers from the Hampstead Neighbour-hood Forum spent more than 120 hours monitor-ing the crossing in question and say it is not to blame for heavy traffic building up.
Janine Griffis, chair of the Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum, said: “We are very pleased that Camden really has listened to what the local community said it wanted. We look forward to working with Camden in developing a ‘Vision for Hampstead’ that addresses the wider traffic and transport issues in our area.”
The TfL shake-up of Hampstead includes restricting parking and loading on the southern side of the High Street between 7am and 10am and 4pm to 7pm from Monday to Saturday, which 69 per cent of respondents supported.
There are also plans to introduce a new pedestrian crossing between Holly Hill and Hampstead tube station, a widening of footpaths and a new cycle lane, which respondents supported.
Labour councillor Adam Harrison, council environment chief, said: “We are looking to keep the zebra crossing, and still bring in measures to reduce bus journey times.”