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The first contribution comes from Leah who lives with her daughter in the Britannia and Wicklow Street triangle, currently a glorified roundabout that is generally a forgotten but densely populated area of King’s Cross
“I’m hoping the removal of the gyratory will mean traffic will flow better as Gray’s Inn Road, Kings Cross Bridge, Euston Road and Pentonville Road are usually at a standstill from at least 8am-10am and 4pm-7pm. This means vehicles constantly jump red lights at the main kx junction. My daughter was nearly knocked down by a truck doing an illegal right turn into Pentonville Road while she crossed at a green man.
Motorists speed down Britannia Street trying to get out of the dead lock in Gray’s Inn Road and my only concern is we may become more of a ‘shortcut’ or ‘thoroughfare’ if the gyratory was removed and as usual we don’t appear on any maps (I’ve suspected all along we’ve been forgotten). So I’d like to see traffic calming on side streets like mine.
I would hope that such a huge change would instigate a well thought out plan to benefit local people through enhancing the street environment and lower pollution levels. Hopefully if there are less traffic jams this will help, but trees and other vegetation are vital and I hope we don’t have to wait years for them as our children are growing up here now.
I look foward to safer roads for walking and cycling. There need to be cameras to deter and fine motorists jumping lights and speeding. The crossings don’t give enough time for someone with mobility problems to cross. Pedestrians and cyclists need to be given equal rights to vehicles.
Clean, green and safe
Building a clean, green and safe environment is a way to show that kx is our home so that visitors, commuters, stag and hen dos, clubbers, tourists etc know to respect it in terms of noise, litter, speed etc.
Changing the gyratory will hopefully show Kings Cross is not just a place to pass through as quickly as possible. The changes to be made must improve the environment on every level. This is a real chance to create change that will benefit future generations.
I really hope that Camden, Islington and TfL working together will put the health and safety of Kings Cross residents as a priority in their consultations and make the necessary changes to improve our area and our lives.