Traffic issues for proposed hotel 62-68 York Way

62-68 york way isometric of bulidingTraffic caused by the proposed new hotel has been raised with me a few times.  So I shot some video of the traffic situation on Wharfdale Road, just opposite where the proposed guest entrance will be for the Whitbread Hub Hotel between York Way and Crinan Street.  As the videos below show (filmed on Wednesday morning 24 July at about 0830) there are issues with the large swing out bus drivers take when making the tight, right-angled turns off York Way. In particular for North-bound buses coming up York Way and turning right: some take a wide route around this tight corner which also aligns them for bus stop J a few metres to the East of the proposed entrance on the North side of the road.  The bus coming from the South practically touches the North pavement at the apex of its turn.

In this video the South-bound 390 swings out into the road before coming hard back against the North (joke) cycle lane to align for the bus stop.

But in this film the North bound 91 and 59 are more disciplined in their turn, but illustrate just how quickly queues develop here.

It seems, prima facie that taxis, airport transfers etc picking up and dropping off at the proposed entrance will get in the way of buses.  It’s also salutary to see what an aggressive traffic environment it is for pedestrians as traffic comes around the two corners totally blind to who ever might be crossing on the desire line to and from the York Way south pavement.  However moving the guest entrance around the corner to York Way won’t help and would be strongly opposed if it were moved to Crinan Street, where the goods entrance is proposed that already disconcerts local residents..

About William Perrin

Active in Kings Cross London and South Oxfordshire, founder of Talk About Local, helping people find a voice online and a trustee of The Indigo Trust , Good Things Foundation and ThreeSixtyGiving as well as Connect8.
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One Response to Traffic issues for proposed hotel 62-68 York Way

  1. Pingback: 62-68 York Way – Whitbread submit planning application for hotel, comments by 4 October | Kings Cross Environment

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