Gyratory and public realm consultation – you write. Britannia Street and Wicklow Street triangle

If you’d like to share your thoughts about the Transport for London consultation ending 20 March 2016 we’ll carry contributions here. Email us at
King's Cross gyratory systemThe 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

Leah writes…

“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, IslingtonĀ 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.

Fingers crossed.”

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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3 Responses to Gyratory and public realm consultation – you write. Britannia Street and Wicklow Street triangle

  1. I should like to know whether similar consideration is being given to the massive gyratory at Camden Town.It also affects the Kings Cross gyratory. I again make a plea for re-instating the bus stops outside St. Pancras Hospital. Whoever heard of removing bus stops outside a hospital? What sort of sadist cooked up that idea?

    • Sophie Talbot says:

      Hi Josephine, have you asked you local councillor about the Camden Gyratory? That would be the best way to find out.

  2. Hi Sophie, just to mention we could ask TfL to work closely with LBI and LBC to comply with the King’s Cross Place Plan (Actions 1.1-11, 2.1-6, 3.1-7, 4.1-21, 5.1-12 6.8 7.9 8.1-3 -where still applicable, 9.1-7, 10.1-10, and 11.1-6)
    Also if they would please identify and design with us according to agreed streets types (

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