Pentonville Road has been closed for normal traffic for quite some years now. This caused an automatic increase in traffic in the strange diversion of the West bound traffic from Pentonville Road into Swinton Street and Grays Inn Road forcing traffic into streets with many residential properties – in other words where people live. However the bus lane is virtually empty at off peak hours. It would be an easy and modern change to open up Pentonville Road at off peak hours or as required. Low cost traffic regulation systems such as LED lighted signs could make this very easy. This would speed up passage to Kings Cross for all road users and ease traffic in Pentonville Rise, Swinton Street and part of Grays Inn Road for some hours. So why not do it? Open up Pentonville Rd up to Kings Cross during off peak hours! It will work – take it from a local!
Cycle Route suggestion for Pentonville Rise:
Also the recently changed street lanes on Pentonville Rise, so far do still not take account of the much needed cycle lane. As discussed earlier, it is far safer to request cyclists to take Pentonville Rise than offer them the bus lane on Pentonville Road, which requires a dangerous crossing. However this would have to include a crossing passage at the bottom of Pentonville Rise, where traffic again divides dangerously, but the single lane system there could make it easier to come up with a cycle friendly solution. In my humble opinion cyclists could be asked to go around the small Vernon Square and wait at Vernon Rise / Kings Cross Rd for a green light of a to be designed traffic light that guides them into Swinton Street and hence into Kings Cross.