Current Issues

Camden Council Transport Meeting

At this meeting with Tfl and Camden residents on 4th July, the following information was relevant to us:

Baker Street: major roadworks will start on 24th of July, converting Baker Street and Gloucester Place to two-way traffic. This will be done in three phases, terminating in late 2018, with the one-way system becoming operational in early 2019. Baker Street tube station will remain open but there are likely to be delays to buses – and traffic. For full details, see Baker Street Roadworks on the TfL website.

Bus route 13: is not working properly, particularly with overcrowding on northward-bound buses during rush hour. TfL is pressing the operator to rectify this, possibly by acquiring more buses.

CS11: to prevent Arkwright road turning into a rat run, CS11 will not continue north of Swiss Cottage.  A number of potential measures associated with CS11 [eg banned right turns] have been reconsidered and will not proceed.  As a result, Arkwright Road will have an average of one extra car per minute, which TfL regard as acceptable.

Swiss Cottage: When the gyratory is re-modelled, there will be standard traffic lights with countdown (unless a crossing is divided into two parts, which makes countdown confusing and so unsafe).  The standard assumption that a pedestrian can cover 1.2m/s will be used to time the green pedestrian signal.

Pedestrianisation of Oxford Street: TfL is considering whether to proceed with further pedestrianisation. There has already been a 40% reduction in buses along Oxford Street.  Full pedestrianisation would lead to diversion of the remaining buses, which may lead to congestion in surrounding streets.


HS2 Ltd has announced it has dropped plans to build the Alexandra Place ventilation shaft following a technical review. 

This means HS2 Ltd will not demolish 1-8 Langtry Walk, and HS2 Ltd will no longer need to close Alexandra Place to traffic or use the car parking spaces at Dinerman Court. HS2 Ltd still plans to carry out investigatory works in the Alexandra Place area.

HS2 Ltd has confirmed it still needs to build a ventilation shaft at Adelaide Road for safety and ventilation requirements.

The Council welcomes HS2 Ltd’s decision to drop plans for the Alexandra Place ventilation shaft, but continues to urge HS2 Ltd to find further ways to reduce the impact of construction on Camden.

Camden Consultation on draft statement of Licensing Policy, Gambling Act 2005

Through its gambling policy, Camden endeavours to regulate gambling activity to mitigate any related harm to the community. The policy explains how gambling premises should operate to achieve Camden plan priorities of reducing levels of crime and ensuring a vibrant cultural and leisure environment for residents, visitors and businesses.

The consultation is on Camden’s proposed changes to their current gambling policy. Comments may be made until 1st September 2017 on

New arrangements for Recycling and Rubbish Collections

Camden says this system is more flexible and will be reviewed each year, enabling them to assess results and make any necessary modifications. For more information, call 020 7974 2202 or visit

Now this new system is up and running, the BRA would be pleased to receive your views and comments about its feasibility and practicality.

Belsize Community Library

The library is open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. providing a welcoming space for people of all ages to read, think and play.
For membership and lending information, please see

There is a programme of activities for children and older people and a monthly “Open Mic Night” at 7 pm on the first Thursday of each month. Forthcoming events will be detailed on local noticeboards and the Friends website: