Plans to improve roads and pedestrian facilities in King’s Cross, London, have gained support from the majority of people living in the area.
The plans, developed by Transport for London (TfL) and Islington and Camden councils, include new road layouts and better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, and were supported by 70% of those who responded to the consultation held earlier this year.
The next step for this improvement is to consider all responses to the consultation before developing – alongside Islington and Camden – detailed proposals for further consultation next year.
The objectives of the King’s Cross gyratory scheme are to:
- Remove the gyratory and introduce two-way traffic, which in itself was supported by 63% of respondents, creating a simple road network and reducing journey times
- Improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists with new and safer crossings and contra-flow cycle lanes
- Reduce traffic on some, mainly residential, streets to make it more pleasant for those living, working or passing through the area.
Val Shawcross, Deputy Mayor for Transport, said: “The area around King’s Cross is used by thousands of visitors, business people and local residents every day, and I’m delighted that plans for further improvements to the gyratory have such positive support from people who responded to the consultation.
“We must now look at all the consultation responses in close detail and work with the local community to ensure that everyone who uses the gyratory benefits from the changes. Given our bold plans to make cycling and walking easier across London, it’s particularly important the scheme connects up with other new transport infrastructure like the extension of the North-South Cycle Superhighway.”