Move to pedestrianise Camden High Street to cut toxic emissions
Trial traffic shutdowns planned for summer and festive periods
15 June, 2019 — By Richard Osley
WITH leafy trees, wooden seating areas and, perhaps most strikingly, no cars, this is a new vision of a pedestrianised Camden High Street dreamed up by council chiefs and City Hall.
The Town Hall is looking to shut out traffic on the road close to Camden Town underground station for trial days this year in a bid to cut air pollution. The move will “offer a more pleasant and safer environment”, the council said this week, for residents and the millions of tourists who visit every year.
Camden has been granted more than £1 million by London Mayor Sadiq Khan to introduce measures to create a ‘Low Emission Neighbourhood’. Another proposal is the creation of a Cargo Bike Network, which would switch van deliveries to bike where possible.
Labour councillor Adam Harrison, the Town Hall’s environment chief, said: “In Camden we radically raised the level of our ambition on cleaning up our air by targeting stretching World Health Organisation guidelines for air quality in Camden by 2030. I am particularly excited at the prospect of making Camden Town a Low Emission Neighbourhood, including trialling giving sections of the High Street over to pedestrians to enjoy, free from motorised traffic.”