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Route 5: Quad to Ramsay Hall

Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

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Summary

  • The following information describes the route from the Main Quad to Ramsey Hall via Gower Street, Grafton Way and Maple Street.
  • The approximate distance of this route is 500m.
  • The route takes approximately 6 minutes.
  • The majority of paths along the route consist of tarmac or block paving with some slight gradients in places.
  • The potential hazards on this route include; busy roads, crossing points (Gower Street, Tottenham Court Road, Whitfield Road) and congested pathways.
  • For further information regarding Ramsay Hall please click here.

Main Quad

  • The Main Quad is located off Gower Street.
  • At the entrance/exit of the Main Quad there are two 85cm wide gates for pedestrians (photographs 6 and 7).
  • These gates are located on either side of the 330cm wide main gate used by both vehicles and pedestrians (photograph 5).
  • There are also bollards located immediately beyond/before the gates as you enter/exit the Main Quad (photograph 5).
  • These bollards have gaps between 90cm-120cm wide.
  • The Chadwick, Pearson, North Wing and Wilkins Buildings can be accessed via the Main Quad.
  • Only the Chadwick, Pearson and Wilkins Building are accessible via external ramps.
  • Please see the relevant access guides for further information regarding access to these buildings.
  • The majority of the Main Quad has a tarmac surface.
  • The tarmac is loose in places.
  • There are easy gradients throughout the Main Quad including on the pedestrian pathways.
  • The pathways (photograph 8) consist mostly of block paving and are narrow and uneven in places.
  • There is ample seating available in the form of wooden benches (photograph 9).
  • These are located along the entirety of the pathways.
  • There are 2 Blue Badge bays available within the quad (photographs 10 and 11).
  • These are located on either side of the main building.
  • There is an information point located at the front lodge, on the left hand side of the Main Quad entrance/exit gates (photograph 12).
  • Please see the relevant access guide for further information regarding the front lodge information point.

Main Quad to Gower Street Crossing

  • As you exit the Quad, turn right and head towards the road crossing approximately 40 metres along Gower Street.
  • The path along this section of the route consists mostly of tarmac, with sections of brick paving and concrete when exiting the quad.
  • The path is mostly level and even with easy gradients in places.
  • The path narrows in places due to obstructions such as lampposts and transformer boxes.

Gower Street Crossing

  • The crossing has tactile paving and dropped kerbs on both sides of the road.
  • There are moderate gradients between the path and the road on both sides.
  • The road surface consists of tarmac and is uneven in places.
  • The crossing is controlled by visual signals.
  • The visual signals are activated via push buttons. These are between the heights of 95cm and 105cm.
  • There are rotating cones located at the base of the push button boxes to indicate when it is safe to cross.
  • Caution is advised when crossing because of traffic.
  • The traffic flow is from the right hand side.

Gower Street Crossing to University Street

  • Having crossed, turn left and continue back along Gower Place for approximately 70 metres towards the University Street turning.
  • The path along this section of the route consists of tarmac.
  • The path is mostly level and even with easy gradients in places.
  • At the end of the path, turn right onto University Street.
  • The path surface changes from tarmac to block paving upon entering University Street.

University Street to Tottenham Court Road Crossing

  • Having turned onto University Street, continue ahead for approximately 180 metres towards the Tottenham Court Road crossing.
  • The path along this section of the route consists of block and brick paving.
  • There is a slight easy gradient sloping towards the road along the entirety of the path.
  • The path is uneven in places due to lowered/raised drain covers and paving slabs.
  • After approximately 80 metres, cross the road at the Huntley Street crossing (photographs 2 and 3).
  • The crossing has tactile paving and dropped kerbs on both sides.
  • There are easy gradients between the path and the road on both sides.
  • The road surface consists of tarmac and is level.
  • The road is uneven in places.
  • There are no visual signals available at this crossing.
  • Traffic flow is from the left.
  • Approximately 30 metres beyond the Huntley Street crossing, there is a vehicle entry road crossing.
  • The crossing has no tactile paving on either side.
  • The crossing has dropped kerbs on both sides.
  • The road at the crossing consists of brick paving and has a slight easy gradient sloping downwards towards University Street.
  • The road is mostly even.
  • There are no visual signals available at this crossing.
  • When crossing, be wary of vehicles entering/exiting.
  • Approximately 40 metres beyond the vehicle entry road crossing, there is a second vehicle entry road crossing.
  • This crossing is similar to the first except that it has a tarmac surface (photograph 8).
  • Following the second vehicle entrance crossing, continue ahead for the remaining 25 metres until reaching the Tottenham Court Road crossing.

Tottenham Court Road Crossing

  • This is a two part crossing with a central island.
  • The crossing has tactile paving and dropped kerbs on both sides.
  • There are easy gradients between the path and the road on both sides.
  • The road surface is cambered and consists of tarmac.
  • The road is mostly even.
  • There are visual signals available both at the beginning and middle of the crossing.
  • The visual signals are activated via push buttons. These are between the heights of 95cm and 105cm.
  • There are rotating cones located at the base of the push button boxes to indicate when it is safe to cross.
  • The traffic flow is from the left hand side on both parts of the crossing.

Tottenham Court Road Crossing to Whitfield Road Crossing

  • Having crossed over Tottenham Court Road, turn slightly left and continue ahead along Maple Street for approximately 70 metres towards the Whitfield Street crossing.
  • The path at this section of the route consists mostly of block paving, with an area of brick paving just beyond the crossing.
  • There is a slight easy gradient sloping towards the road along the entirety of the path.
  • The path is uneven in places due to lowered/raised drain hole covers as well as broken paving slabs.
  • The path narrows in places due to obstructions such as signs, lampposts and temporary construction fencing (photographs 2 and 3).
  • At the end of the path, cross over Whitfield Road at the crossing.

Whitfield Road Crossing

  • The crossing has tactile paving and dropped kerbs on both sides.
  • The path is level with the road on both sides.
  • The road surface is cambered and consists of tarmac.
  • The road is mostly even.
  • There are no signals available at this crossing.
  • Traffic flow is from the right hand side.
  • Be wary of Cyclists entering the road from the left hand side.

Whitfield Road Crossing to Ramsay Hall

  • Having crossed, continue ahead for approximately 50 metres towards Ramsay Hall.
  • The path along this section of the route consists of block paving.
  • There is a slight easy gradient sloping towards the road along the entirety of the path.
  • The path is uneven in places.
  • The path becomes narrow in places due to obstructions such as trees and railings.
  • After approximately 40 metres, there is a vehicle entrance road crossing.
  • The crossing has no tactile paving on either side.
  • The crossing has dropped kerbs on both sides.
  • There are easy gradients between the path and the road on both sides.
  • The road consists of brick paving and is mostly level with a slight easy gradient sloping downward from right to left.
  • The road is mostly even.
  • The stairs to the main entrance to Ramsay Hall (photograph 3) are immediately to the right having crossed over the vehicle entry road.
  • The step free entrance into Ramsay Hall (photograph 4) is located approximately 2 metres to the left of the main entrance stairs.
  • For further information regarding access into Ramsay Hall please see the relevant access guide.