Argent subcontractors foul up Kings Cross roads and pavements

L1040321 Stuart on Rufford Street has had to live with the disruption caused by building works for years.     He copied me an email to Argent detailing the latest woes.  Cllr Paul Convery is also on the case (see below) but finding Argent frustrating – the pavement and road belong to Camden.

For many weeks now, your construction work on ugly and intrusive blocks of social housing has necessitated the removal of the western pavement of York Way between the junctions with Bingfield Street and Randells Road. You gave no information or notice to residents about this and no notice appeared on the KX construction website. This is, quite frankly, very disappointing. 

Equally, TfL gave no warning about the removal of bus stops and the alternative bus stops (some way from Randells Road) are not convenient for residents of the Rufford Street area who, for the foreseeable future, have to put up with noise and dust and constant construction activity from across York Way. Please consider this email to be a formal complaint about your construction activities. I have copied in my local councillor, Paul Convery, and the Chief Executive of the KX developer, Argent. Will Perrin may also want to publicise this situation on the local website,

I would be grateful if you could let me know when you envisage having the pavements reinstated and when adequate arrangements will be in place with substitute bus stops. I will take up this latter point with TfL separately.

Kind regards

Stuart Cottis

PS When will Goods Way return to two-way traffic and some degree of normality?

Paul Convery – who was cc'd writes that the Council is in dispute…:

…with Argent/Camden not just about the “short-term” loss of the bus stops but the longer-term positioning of a new zebra crossing and positioning of the bus stops.

It turns out this stuff was all set in stone in the period running up to the controversial decision by Camden in late 2006 to grant outline planning permission for Kings Cross Central. Unpicking some of these decisions in the cold light of real experience is proving very cumbersome. 


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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1 Response to Argent subcontractors foul up Kings Cross roads and pavements

  1. Stuart Cottis says:

    A quick update on this – it looks like things are finally happening near to Bingfield Street. The southbound bus-stop has re-opened (although without shelter). A new zebra crossing is in the process of being commissioned. Re-paving of the pavements is taking place. All of this is happening at a glacial pace and without keeping residents up-to-date by way of regular bulletins etc. The Project Manager is Steve Sanham who has provided me with helpful responses when I have requested them. I think Argent are doing a great job in general, but as usual it is existing residents who are disproportionately affected by low level construction stuff such as removal of pavements, bus stops, access routes etc. I don’t doubt that the greater good of progress necessitates hassle and upheaval but I just wish the contractors could keep people informed more as to what is going on and when….

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