Enjoying a well earned pint after work in local pub The Ruby, Simmonds Bar or Miller's, doing the last minute shopping at Tesco's or hurrying home to or from the station pedestrians and cyclists were witness to a spectacle worthy of a Formula One race or Rally Cross high jinks yesterday evening.
If only Murray Walker had been there to commentate:
The blue car speeds past closely followed by a black one both clearly racing each other around and across the King's Cross Gyratory system down The Cally to take that oh so tempting hair pin bend at Balfe Street: 'Break Neck Corner'.
The blue car takes the corner well at high speed, missing all obstacles, well done, fantastic driving by those fearless young lads – they're away!
The black car doesn't fair so well and careers off the road mounting the pavement to hit the cycle parking bays in front of the telephone boxes at great speed. The sound echos out, a massive thunder clap. Both airbgs in the black car inflate, thank god no-one is hurt.
The two unlucky lads get out looking bewildered but otherwise fine. The crowd gathers, three fire engines from Euston arrive in seconds to make the scene safe, dowsing suspicious fluids leaking from the now smoking black car with sand to avoid any possible explosion.
Given no-one was injured, it was a thrilling sight and one I'd have enjoyed enomously had I been at Lydden Hill race track. But I wasn't.
Thanks to Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police refusing to allow LB Camden or Islington to scrap the horrendous King's Cross gyratory, or introduce a 20 mile an hour speed limit on this notorious attraction for boy racers, pedestrians and cyclists in the high density residental areas that form this race track remain constantly at risk.
King's Cross Gyratory marked in red
This time no-one was hurt. Just seconds before pedestrians and cyclists had been walking directly in the path of the crash ready to cross over the road at Balfe Street, it doesn't bear thinking about had this happened in those few seconds.
TfL and the Met please, please think very seriously about the pleas from our locally elected politicians who are pressing you to scrap the gyratory and introduce a 20 is plenty speed limit before you respond with your set answer – this time you could do something incredibly positive.