Gyratory removal plans released for consultation!!!

kx-proposed-road-systemLater today Transport for London will release the initial concept plan for removing the horrendous traffic gyratory system that has blighted lives for decades in King’s Cross.

Caledonian Ward Councillor Paul Convery, who has supported this move, said,

“We cannot underestimate how complicated this will be. It is the most challenging surface transport project that TfL has ever undertaken. The two boroughs and TfL have already done a great deal of preparatory work and the concept is proven to be feasible. But we need the public to help shape the next stage to design a scheme for implementation.”

We’ll carry much more on this shortly…

The details will become available later today on the Transport for London website.

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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11 Responses to Gyratory removal plans released for consultation!!!

  1. Bert says:

    If the utter disaster that is the Wharfdale Rd/Cally Rd intersection is any indication then everyone in the affected neighbourhood should get ready for several years of unbearable traffic and sleepless nights. The initial implementation of this plan at that intersection has been a complete and utter abject failure. Terrible idea done by people who don’t care about the impact on the residents.

    • alchemista says:

      Hi Bert. TfL’s initial proposals are not that detailed. I was, perhaps optimistically, hoping for more information: With respect to Wharfdale Road (I live there) I am concerned about:

      1 How rat-running will be discouraged.
      2 Which bus routes will be rerouted – and will the highly-polluting bus stop be removed.
      3 Will HGVs still be able to use Wharfdale Road
      4 Will there be traffic lights at the Wharfdale – Caledonian junction (let’s hope not).

      I’ve thought about these things a lot, and believe that there are several possible solutions. I intend to start a discussion about them on the Cally South website sometime over the next few days. Perhaps we could arrange an informal meeting for Wharfdale Rd residents? It would be a good idea for us to discuss things and get ideas from each other before completing the consultation. I also think that if Wharfdale residents can agree on a list of sensible proposals, that we should, as a group, be putting pressure on our councillors to support us and put our case to TfL.

      • Sophie Talbot says:

        Hi Alchemista,
        As both York Way and Caledonian Road will be two way working the traffic on Wharfdale should become a trickle compared to what it is now. In general the proposals are much more radical than I could have hoped for so at the mo am really pleased. The devil will be in the detail and that’s why TfL need our input. The more detail we can give the better – rather than see it as a time to agree as a group and pressure councillors, this is a time for open discussion to get as much info as possible. The next stage, when concrete plans are consulted on maybe the time to get your campaigning head on!

      • Ewa says:

        Thanks Alchemista
        I agree with all your points. and why aren’t there any traffic lights on the plans? I hope that means that there aren’t any. ..and a meeting would be good

      • Sophie Talbot says:

        Don’t forget this is an outline plan. The consultation process is our opportunity to feed in the details we’d like to see. The planners will then take all our views, assess them and produce a detailed plan for further consultation. That’s why it’s important each individual feeds in their own views. Encouraging everyone to go to at least one consultation event in the spirit of participating in the design is vital. If TfL get it wrong at the next stage, that will be the time to campaign.

      • alchemista says:

        Thanks. My comment was basically about widening participation – and I’m not sure why anybody would find that objectionable. As for the correct time for residents to discuss and share ideas – that’s now. Leaving it until the second consultation would be too late. We don’t want to end up having to protest at the last minute, like Archway residents are having to, as TfL force a poorly thought out scheme on them.

      • Sophie Talbot says:

        Not objecting to anything in your comment. You are absolutely right, widening participation is vital and that means getting as many individuals and groups to attend the workshops etc. The process, unfortunately is a fixed one. At this stage planners need as many ideas as possible. They will go away and hone those ideas into their plan which they will consult on. At this stage no one knows what that firmed up plan will look like. What you are doing on callysouth is fantastic.

  2. Sophie Talbot says:

    Bert, this plan has been designed as a result of residents campaigning for it over many years. The consultation period is our chance to make sure the plan works. Please feed in your concerns to the consultation process to make sure we get something that really works.

  3. Ewa says:

    one of the reasons we have this diabolical road scheme is because of the tiny amount of responses from the two way cally consultation.
    so I think it’s crucial to spread the word and get as many people as possible to respond to the gyratory consultation.

    • Sophie Talbot says:

      Ewa you’ve hit the nail on the head. It’s vital as many people as possible participate in the gyratory consultation giving their detailed opinions on what might work and what would not. This is our opportunity to shape our neighbourhood.

  4. J says:

    It doesn’t look like the situation will improve much for Acton Street with these proposals – and things may even get worse.

    The biggest impact is from traffic turning left into Acton Street from King’s Cross Road (going to Gray’s Inn Road and onwards to Euston Road, York Way and Caledonian Road) and it seems like this isn’t going to change. Also, depending on other turnings elsewhere, much of southbound traffic could still be using the street.

    The two-way layout at the west end of Acton Street would put all this traffic into one lane, and together with a controlled crossing at the junction of Gray’s Inn Road, this would mean more tailbacks, with buses, lorries and taxis idling and moving off again very close to homes on the south side of the street.

    Acton Street has more housing than Swinton Street, and many residents are likely to end up living in a more unpleasant environment if these proposals go ahead.

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