Much needed road resurfacing at York Way Pentonville Road junction

It should have been done years ago but finally new Tarmac is going down at this awful local junction. 

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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3 Responses to Much needed road resurfacing at York Way Pentonville Road junction

  1. Albert Beale says:

    From: Albert Beale, 5 Cally Road
    Yes, some of it is very “lumpy”, I’m not sure whether despite or because of the several remodelings of the layout and kerblines there in recent years. But the main problem _is_ the layout itself, especially for cyclists where the 2 lanes from Grays Inn Road merge into one after crossing into York Way.
    And not only was that not improved during the most recent allegedly “cycle-friendly” new layout, but of course there was yet a new danger for cyclists introduced: that crazy cycle lane going from Grays Inn Road into Euston Road where cycles are supposed to feed into the side of a single narrow lane of “straight ahead” traffic, shortly after the traffic lights. It’s obviously much safer to follow the old procedure of staying in the main lane (and using the cyclists’ advance stop line if you’re there when the light is red), and cycling that short distance well in the lane so motor vehicles have to stay behind you and you can’t be squeezed into the kerb by someone trying to overtake.
    About a week ago I saw emergency services one evening, surrounding someone on the ground, and a bike on its side, just there where that crazy and lethal new layout is…
    Whoever came up with that particular idea shouldn’t be in that line of business!

  2. I generally agree with Albert’s comments. There is complete confusion for cyclists and they never fully finished what they started – the cyclist crossing isn’t properly marked so pedestrians use the space and exchange angry looks with cyclists using the cyclists’ crossing.
    The main issue is actually the complete lack of a cycle lane on York Way so one does not know whether it is better to cycle on the left or right. The right hand side of York Way outside the Premier Inn is now collapsing which then forces the cyclists on the right hand side to cycle up the middle – you can imagine how that goes down with drivers!

    What were the results of your “design a better junction” post from last year? What was the best solution?

  3. alchemista says:

    I wish Wharfdale Road could be resurfaced. It’s in a dreadful state in places, having deteriorated rapidly over the last couple of years due to shoddy repairs by various utility companies.
    Residents on some parts of the road have difficulty sleeping due to buildings vibrating much more than they used to, as HGVs and buses bounce over the bumps all night long, often at speeds well in excess of the unenforced 20mph limit.

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