Kings Cross is a fantastic place to walk from to get to interesting bits of London. But the local streets are designed for cars above everything else with a 1970s-1980s design philosophy – cars first, at high volume and speed. Then make it hard to cross roads to ‘protect people’ from the danger created by the road designers. TfL is belatedly looking at the problem with a Street Audit walkabout for pedestrians that you can take part in on Thursday 31st January. It is great to see TfL actually taking an interest in Kings Cross streets – they are responsible for the dreaded gyratory, not the local Councils.
From Kings Cross, on foot, the City is barely twenty minutes away, Oxford Street about twenty five minutes, the West End thirty five minutes. Upper Street is ten minutes, the British Museum fifteen minutes, Camden Lock fifteen minutes along the canal. But the walking experience in Kings Cross itself is horrible. As Sophies post the other day showed, just crossing York Way is a huge adrenalin rush,Stephan updated on the closure of another pavement for construction. And Network Rail will ultimately close the North entrance to the station, forcing more people to the dangerous crossing at York Way and Pentonville Road. You can take part in a walkabout to feed views into improving the situation with TfL’s contractors on 31st Jan at noon and six o’clock – meeting outside WH Smith under the canopy.
Jeremy Leach, Living Streets Audit Leader (Tel. 020-7252-5331 email click here) has sent the following:
‘Transport for London (TfL) has commissioned national public spaces charity Living Streets to carry out a Street Audit of the walking environment area around King’s Cross & St. Pancras Stations.
‘The aim of this audit is to provide TfL with an overview of the issues facing people using these stations on foot, and to draw up a list of possible work that would improve conditions for pedestrians in the area.
‘At the heart of the audit process is a live assessment of the streets and public spaces through the eyes of those who live or work locally where we walk round the area and discuss our impressions from the view point of those on foot.
‘We are seeking to promote the audits to station users and to encourage those who live and work in the area and those with an interest in the area to come along.
‘The audits for King’s Cross & St. Pancras Stations are being held on Thursday 31st January and we would be delighted if you were able to come along. Two audits are being held on the day. The first will start at 12.00 noon and the second at 6.00pm. Please come along to whichever suits you best.
‘For both the lunchtime and evening audits, we will meet outside King’s Cross station in front of the WH Smiths on Euston Rd. The whole process will take about an hour.
‘If you cannot make the audits on this date, I am of course very happy to receive your comments either by phone or via the email address shown below. If you need to get hold of me on the day of the audit my mobile number is 07931-389746.