Islington Council consults on return to two way working for The Cally (south)

King's Cross gyratory system 2011

The out dated King’s Cross gyratory system

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:


Proposed redesign for the junction of The Cally/Wharfdale Rd/Killick St

• 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.

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 Islington Council consults on return to two way working for The Cally (south)

  1. Cabe says:

    Thanks for posting this – I hope people do weigh in and this change is approved.

  2. Tony Rees says:

    The website is very dissappointing with no real information to be able to judge whether this proposal will be good or bad for those of us living and working in this stretch of the Caledonian Road. Where is the information on likely traffic flows, noise and pollution? If southbound traffic is reduced from two lanes to one will we have permanent traffic jams outside our front doors?

  3. Aron Cronin says:

    The proposals are silent on the question of parking/loading on the two-way section of the Cally. It looks like a single stopped/parked vehicle could bring traffic flows to a halt.

  4. Robert Milne says:

    I’ve asked for a summary of the traffic modelling done to gauge the effects on Caledonia Street and Caledonian Road. So far I’ve received no reply.

  5. Robert Milne says:

    I’ve now received a reply to my request for a summary of the traffic modelling (two weeks after sending it). It is “No model for these junctions has been created. Transport for London have requested modelling for the signalised junction of Wharfdale Road, however they anticipated no impact on the Pentonville Road junction as we are proposing no changes to it and the capacity of the junction would not be reduced.”

    • TfLs own modelling guidelines recommend integrating pedestrian modelling, which today they admitted they do not do. In TfL’s King’s Cross Junction Review late 2012, pedestrians were omitted. The 2008 PERS reports were also ignored.

  6. TfL are offering strips of painted cycle lane and two bits of kerbed lane on the pavement – so much for the urban realm regeneration!

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