This site has long campaigned for the return of two way traffic for the infamously dodgy King’s Cross gyratory system. We are just one voice among many including Living Streets who provided a report for Transport for London (TfL) on walkability for the area some five years ago. Out dated gyratory (large one-way) systems are gradually being removed as they encourage motor vehicles to travel at speed, blight surrounding small businesses and scupper any hope of creating safe walking and cycling routes, yet the King’s Cross example of this poor road design remains.
Islington Council is now consulting on two way traffic for the south end of The Cally combined with various improvements including:
• Removal of the traffic island and combined pedestrian and cycle crossing and replacement with two islands, one immediately south of Wharfdale Rd and one immediately north.
• Pedestrian crossings on all approaches
• Kerb build outs on either side of Wharfdale Rd to slow traffic and make pedestrians safer
• Advanced cycle stop lines at the junction on Wharfdale Road and Caledonian Road to improve safety for cyclists.
• Cycle lane guidance markings to guide cyclists through the junction from Wharfdale Road into Killick Street (south) on the new traffic island
• Widening the pavement at Killick St to reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians
We welcome Islington’s proposals, the new junction appears very well thought through making pedestrian and cyclist safety the top priority. We urge readers to respond to the public consultation (click here). The deadline for responses is 10 November. If successful this could add a very practical case, perhaps tipping the balance, for the return of two way traffic for the entire gyratory system by TfL and Camden Councils who are responsible for the majority of the King’s Cross one way system.