TfL has committed to investigating the potential redevelopment of the road layout around Kings Cross to improve safety especially for pedestrians and cyclists, increase pedestrian permeability, enhance the urban realm, and reduce the traffic dominated ambience of the area. This includes the possible conversion of the one-way system to enable part, or full, two-way traffic operation.
The roads which form part of this study can be divided into three distinct one-way systems:
– A501 Pentonville Road, Gray’s Inn Road, Acton Street, A201 Penton Rise, King’s Cross Road.
– A5203 Wharfdale Road, Caledonian Road, York Way.
– A5202 Pancras Road, Midland Road.
The Invitation to Tender (ITT) for this work was sent to shortlisted consultants and tenders were jointly assessed by TfL and the London Boroughs of Camden and Islington. One of the consultants will be shortly appointed.
The study is expected to be published in 12 months time and will involve traffic surveys, topographical data collection, traffic modelling and feasibility assessment. Key considerations for the study include safety for all road users, impact on general traffic and bus journey times, collision reduction benefits and urban realm enhancement. These will be evaluated through the use of cost-benefit appraisal techniques subject to the size of each option proposed.
There will be on going consultation during the course of the project. A technical working group will meet every 3-6 weeks. Progress meetings with Councillors, Cabinet members and community groups will be held on an ad-hoc basis. Once a number of different viable options are identified, formal stakeholder consultation and public consultation will be carried out.
It is acknowledged that there is considerable interest in this work and we have been working closely with our partners, the London Boroughs of Islington and Camden, to build up an extensive list of interested stakeholders. We recognise that it is critical to tap into local knowledge and understanding as well as building some consensus around the options for change.