VEHICLES ARE TO be banned from Warren Street in Camden, North London after complaints that hackney cab drivers were using the road as a shortcut to avoid Euston Road.
The move comes after a year-long government-backed study that was welcomed by local residents and businesses who were concerned about safety and high levels of pollution.
The report commissioned by the local authority stated: “Residents raised concerns that Warren Street was becoming unsafe because it was being used as a rat run and as a racecourse by taxis trying to avoid traffic on Euston Road.”
A spokesman for Camden Council said up to 300 vehicles per hour were using Warren Street at peak times in the day. But taxi drivers say the move will lead to the already congested A40 becoming even more gridlocked.
Grant Davis, chairman of the London Cab Drivers Club said: “This is pure madness. Euston Road is going to become gridlocked from about 3pm to 7:30pm.
“You might as well turf over it because it will be no good as a road.”
Camden Council are pressing ahead with the initiative however, even though just 83 people responded to the consultation.
“Since Boris Johnson came in, Tottenham Court Road and Euston Road have been traffic jams galore. This closure will not help.”
“They may have been exaggerating about how bad the traffic is. It’s not too much of a problem.”
Janet Gale / Market trader
“For years, taxi drivers passed through and I would hand them fruit through the window, but that’s all stopped now.”