Railings redux

TfL has removed the 'pedestrian guard railings' at the confusing junction of Kings Cross Bridge, Pentonville Road and Caledonian Road.  The area looks nicer without them.  Here's a link to google street view with the railings.  As ever TfL's local consultation is a bit primitive.  There's been a long debate about whether crossings are safer with or without railings and Civic Voice produced a handy pamhplet.  I'd love to see much of Kings Cross become a giant pedestrian scramble like Oxford Circus – where all traffic stops at once and you can cross how you like in safety.  Removing the railings is probably for the good here. But TfL needs to live up to its responsibilities, get a proper grip on the road crossings in Kings Cross and put pedestrians first.




About William Perrin

Active in Kings Cross London and South Oxfordshire, founder of Talk About Local, helping people find a voice online and a trustee of The Indigo Trust , Good Things Foundation and ThreeSixtyGiving as well as Connect8.
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3 Responses to Railings redux

  1. Dan Stone says:

    A small step in the right direction. Much more needs to be done to improve conditions for pedestrians in Kings Cross.

  2. TFL is to be applauded for taking down the barriers. It’s amazing how, by just doing that, the whole feel of the junctions involved alters. Walking on the York Way side of the massive junction with Euston Rd, Pentonville Rd and Gray’s Inn Rd is an entirely different and hugely improved experience now. Traffic is forced to be more responsible and aware, pedestrians feel less at risk as they are more in control. More power to TFL’s elbow, I hope all the barriers around the station are set to go, including those separating the east/west lanes of the A501 ring road.

  3. Hugh Jass says:

    It certainly looks a lot better. All the PGR across London should be removed. It only gets in people’s way. Bollards as well. What are they all about? There should be more trees everywhere…….

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