TfL 2012 King’s Cross road safety study update

Thanks to Caroline Pidgeon at the Greater London Assembly for forwarding this news from TFL onto us:

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.

About Sophie Talbot

Sophie runs a small business designing websites for small businesses and community groups. She also manages King's Cross Community Projects
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7 Responses to TfL 2012 King’s Cross road safety study update

  1. Daniel Zylbersztajn says:

    It’s been a long time coming, it is important that the impact on the community is read on all levels incorporating WHO and EU standards on noise and air pollution, safety for all users, safety of particularly vulnerable users (children, visually and impaired, people with hearing difficulties, etc…). Attention should be given to the legality on the current situation in terms of human rights and European standards on multiple levels. Very careful attention should be taken how the traffic can be lessoned, slowed, and cleaned up, and this should be done with a very wide and long view involving a consultant who has the breath of knowledge how solutions have been found elsewhere on the globe. It should also be on the table what sort of hub Kings Cross is that can be reached by multiple underground trains, and overland trains, buses and taxis, if it can not be an area that should be low in any other traffic. There should be no limit on expenses to change the current situation, even tunnelling traffic (see Munich city ring) should be looked at, as Kings Cross development has been injected lots on cosmetics and not on essential improvements for all users and residents.

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  3. It will be critically important to involve local people who live and work in the area – for example through a neighbourhood plan being developed under the Localism Act 2011 – to ensure that this development is one which regenerates the urban public realm.
    There are tunnels already aplenty here from the last three centuries – the Fleet River, Metropolitan Line, the Piccadilly Northern and Victoria Lines, and the recent Northern Ticket Hall under the Western Concourse. Urban regeneration in this transport hub area, Kings Cross town centre, would be the ultimate wider benefit of this ostensible ‘technical problem’ of traffic management. Another road tunnel like that at Euston Circus to the west (or Munich City Ring) would be environmentally “regrettable”.
    A cleaner, walkable and more pleasant urban hub area and streetscape will be economically and socially stronger (enhancing, not harming, the station tenants’ businesses). Balancing use of the public realm between motorised users and non-motorised users might be done by slowing all movement to walking pace, restoring the urban and civic value and appeal of the area.
    (Emerging from continental Europe to King’s Cross in 2020, one will simply walk across to ‘Play 2 Win’ for a game of billiards at 1 Euston Road through gaps in the trees, between cafe tables in the sun and crawling traffic on the square!)

    • Daniel Zylbersztajn says:

      I go along with your ideas the same way. But in case they do not want to eliminate traffic, Munich model has even convinced the local Green Party and SPD, who opposed a plebiscite on this issue and lost out to public vote. Now that the tunnel has been built even the opponents agree it was the right thing for that city. I mentioned it so that they and we can think very wide and look what other cities achieved. Your suggestion is in deed much more cost efficient, environmentally friendly and probably yields similar results. Local involvement will be key. The message ought to be, don’t come to KX by car unless you really have to. If you do, it will be a very slow affair, taking longer than if you took that bus, tube or train. I’d also restrict commercial deliveries to before 07.00 and after 20.00, except with special permits. A question I would like to add in are the trucks from Royal Mail. Currently we have very noisy HGVs stationed at Mount Pleasant. I wonder if Royal Mail transport could possibly be radically overhauled in terms of the type of HGV engines it uses and its location?

  4. Gregory says:

    The promised “consultation” meetings have been announced for 20th and 27th November – details are on or, by email or from the author above.

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