Last week Transport for London announced a programme of removing old style gyratory systems across London including King’s Cross, which we welcome here with the proviso that the new road system designs provide substantial improvement for vulnerable road users as well as motor traffic. Designs are yet to be revealed and consulted on. Meanwhile TfL has announced interim alterations to the King’s Cross gyratory to be implemented this summer, and right now we are rather concerned about these…
Two problems are immediately obvious on viewing the proposed interim changes:
Caledonian Road two way traffic
1. TfL say they have consulted stakeholders before releasing the interim plans. Islington Council consulted on removing the Caledonian Road/Wharfdale Road section of the gyratory in October last year. Works have now started on this. The TfL plan shows Caledonian Road as one-way traffic. I’m not sure what TfL means by ‘stakeholder consultation’ but releasing plans that are out of date at the time they are published shows a lack of basic information let alone stakeholder consultation. The phrase ‘these people are managing our traffic systems – agh!’ springs to mind.
Road safety for all
2. The plans appear to have been drawn up by someone wearing filter goggles only allowing them to see one issue – cycle safety – and not see that particularly well.
Where are the interim plans for the Euston Road/Pancras Road junction?
Count down crossings
Why, when countdown pedestrian crossings have been introduced at Euston and the area close to the Universities, are there no countdown crossings at King’s Cross where they are desperately needed – particularly but not solely for Euston Road/Pancras Road and Euston/Pentonville/Gray’s Inn Road and York Way.
The current pac-man style eat ’em up game played by buses, lorries, motorbikes and cars at these junctions is terrifying for me and I’ve lived here 25 years – seeing the startled faces on thousands of pedestrian visitors to the area each day when fast traffic comes at them at the strangest of angles would be hilarious if it weren’t potentially deadly. The interim plans look like they’ll make this worse – by eating into pedestrian spaces – not better.
Vulnerable road users
Cycle safety is in the news right now and rightly so. But witness the buzz term ‘vulnerable road users’ being employed in interviews by those campaigning for road safety and you’ll see how hard it is for them to get the message across: SAFETY FOR ALL. Cherry picking one issue is plain madness, no matter how much it panders to tabloid style dumbo journalism.
I’ve had a bit of a rant about a few, but not all, issues of concern about the interim plans, for which I apologise… Your comments are most welcome here but… most importantly… TfL is running a consultation so please, please make your views known that way (let us know what you said, it’d make an interesting article to list all your comments to TfL when the consultation ends):
King’s Cross interim plan consultation events
4 and 11 March
4.30pm to 7pm
King’s Cross Neighbourhood Centre, Argyle Street, WC1H 8EF
The consultation website includes a link for you to give your comments.
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS IS 25 MARCH 2014