King's Cross gyratory is poised to get a major facelift, with simplified roads and better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.
Transport for London, Islington and Camden Councils have published plans for a public consultation that they say will "transform the King’s Cross area". The improvement work is part of the mayor’s ongoing £4bn road modernisation plan.
Proposals include creating a simpler road network for all road users; improving conditions for pedestrians and cyclists with new crossings and contra-flow cycle lanes; a plan to reduce the length of some traffic and cycle journeys by introducing two-way traffic and reduce traffic on residential streets.
The roads within the gyratory that could be changed are:
- A201 King’s Cross Road
- A501 Euston Road, Pentonville Road, Penton Rise, Gray’s Inn Road,
- Acton Street, Swinton Street
- A5202 Pancras Road, Midland Road, Goods Way
- A5203 Caledonian Road, Wharfdale Road
- A5200 York Way
The proposals come a week after work began on the removal of the Archway gyratory, and run alongside current consultations into changes at Highbury Corner roundabout and the extension of the north-south cycle superhighway to King’s Cross.
Leon Daniels, managing director of surface transport at TfL, said: “King’s Cross has seen a dramatic change from its less than salubrious past to a place that welcomes visitors from Europe and across the UK. Our proposed changes to the King’s Cross gyratory would bring this road network into the 21st century too."
Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington Council’s executive member for environment and transport, added: “This outdated gyratory system does not work for pedestrians, cyclists or many road users, and an overhaul is long overdue.
“We want to improve the lives of residents in King’s Cross, reducing traffic on residential roads, and making it safer for pedestrians and cyclists. These proposals should speed up some journey times and go hand-in-hand with other improvements to cycle and pedestrian routes at transport hubs in Islington.
“King’s Cross is undergoing major changes and regeneration and it is important to get this right – so we encourage your comments on these initial plans.”
The public has until 20 March to respond to the consultation at tfl.gov.uk/kings-cross-gyratory.