York Way, now the only way to get to and fro the tube, train, buses and taxi ranks from the north east side of King's Cross St Pancras has long been unfit for purpose. Closure of the York Way entrance to the station in April 2009 and Network Rail's refusal to replace the much needed northern access by restoring the original bridge has resulted in increased overcrowding for pedestrians struggling along the totally inadequate pavements either side of the heavily polluted York Way canyon. The long promised improvement scheme for which LB Camden has secured funding from Network Rail via a planning gain S106 agreement, is out for consultation, deadline for responses 31 October 2010.
Unfortunately it does not include improvements to the horrendous crossing at the junction of York Way/Euston Road/Pentonville Road as this is to be consulted on by Transport for London at a later date. Also unfortunate is the very, very small area included in the consultation process given how many people on the north east side of King's Cross use York Way every day (see picture on the right).
It is not clear from the consultation documents whether the excellent study by Living Streets into walk-ability around King's Cross Station has been taken into account.
If you would like to make your views known on the proposed two options for York Way improvements, an online version of the documents should be available from LB Camden later today. Meanwhile, the documents can also be viewed from the links below.