Transport for London
TfL sets out plans to make key junction at King’s Cross safer for people walking and cycling
Proposed changes for the junction include improved pedestrian crossings, cycle signals and a new bus lane
Transport for London (TfL) is asking people to have their say on newly unveiled plans to reduce road danger for people walking and cycling at the junction of Pentonville Road, King's Cross Road and Northdown Street. Making roads and junctions safer for everyone is a key part of the Mayor's Vision Zero goal of eliminating death and serious injury on the capital's transport network.
An initial consultation into changes along roads in the area showed seventy per cent of people supported proposals to improve safety here. Pentonville Road is a major thoroughfare in a busy part of central London, with thousands of people moving through the area every day, including Londoners and visitors travelling to rail terminals at King's Cross and St. Pancras. Ensuring people can travel through the area using sustainable modes of transport is vital to reducing congestion and cleaning up toxic air.
TfL is proposing multiple changes to the junction between Pentonville Road, King's Cross Road and Northdown Street, including:
Simplifying pedestrian crossings, to make them easier for people to use, including a straight-across crossing over Pentonville Road so that people will no longer need to wait on a central island
Closing Northdown Street to motorised traffic at the junction with Pentonville Road, allowing people cycling to cross the Inner Ring Road safely on a new toucan crossing
Providing more space for people walking through the area
New early start signals for people cycling, to help them safely move ahead of traffic
Segregation for people cycling in the eastbound direction
A new section of bus lane
New planting and greenery to create a more pleasant environment (subject to ground conditions and further investigation)
Cycle Hire docking stations moved to a more convenient location from Northdown Street to King's Cross Road
TfL is asking people to have their say on the changes and a consultation is now open until 2 May at Haveyoursay.tfl.gov.uk/kings-cross-improvements. Feedback from the public is hugely valuable to ensuring that the changes work for everyone, making the local area a safer and more pleasant area to walk, cycle and spend time.
London's Walking and Cycling Commissioner Will Norman said: "These proposals will make it easier and safer for Londoners to walk and cycle at a key junction in King's Cross. We want to hear what Londoners think of the proposals, so please do have your say."
"Enabling more Londoners to walk and cycle is at the heart of the Mayor's vision to build a safer, healthier, cleaner and more sustainable London for everyone and we are determined to continue to build upon the boom in cycling we've seen recently.
"We will continue to work with Islington and Camden councils to deliver a long- term plan for walking and cycling in the area after the HS2 works are complete."
Penny Rees, TfL's Head of Healthy Streets Investment, said: "We're determined to make roads safer for everyone and are committed to Vision Zero, the Mayor's goal to eliminate death and serious injury from the transport network. It is vital that we continue to take action to help vulnerable road users walk and cycle safely, and these proposed changes will play an important role in reducing road danger at this busy central London location, which sees thousands of visitors and Londoners each day.
"I'd encourage everyone to take part in our consultation and to have their say and we'll continue to work closely with Camden and Islington Councils to tackle road danger across the boroughs."
The proposed changes to the junction of Pentonville Road, King's Cross Road and Northdown Road is the part of a phased approach to making the corridor safer for people travelling through it. Improvements have already been delivered at Euston Road, Judd Street and Midland Road. TflL will coordinate its phased works at the gyratory with nearby HS2 works on Euston Road.
With the recent start of construction at York Road roundabout in Wandsworth, TfL has so far reduced danger at 44 junctions across London as part of its Safer Junctions programme - with construction at Holloway Road due to start later in 2023, bringing the total to 45. All locations in the Safer Junctions programme had higher-than-average collision rates and this improvement work is a vital part of TfL's Vision Zero ambition
Original article link: https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/press-releases/2023/march/tfl-sets-out-plans-to-make-key-junction-at-king-s-cross-safer-for-people-walking-and-cycling
Latest News from
Transport for London
New data shows that despite progress, more action is needed to prevent death and serious injury on London’s roads26/05/2023 09:20:00
Transport for London (TfL) has published its report on road traffic casualties in the capital during 2022
Full peak Elizabeth line timetable introduced as railway celebrates remarkable success in its first year23/05/2023 11:25:00
Frequencies on the line have now been increased to up to 24 trains per hour between Paddington and Whitechapel at peak time, a train roughly every two and a half minutes.
Non-emergency ambulances, police cars and fire vehicles to use TfL bus lanes after trial19/05/2023 14:10:00
From today (Friday 19 May) ambulances, police and fire vehicles across the capital will have access to bus lanes on London's main arterial roads while on duty, even when not dealing with an emergency. This follows a successful trial with Guy's and St Thomas' Foundation Trust that saw fewer missed appointments, and no negative impact on bus journey times.
TfL appoints IMG to further grow its global brand licensing programme17/05/2023 09:25:00
Transport for London (TfL) has announced a multi-year deal with internationally renowned licensing agency IMG to expand its brand engagement and licensing programme both within the UK and across the world.
TfL awards first contract as part of new project for electric charging points on public land10/05/2023 15:15:00
Following a tender process, Zest will provide and operate 39 rapid or ultra-rapid electric vehicle charging bays on public land on strategic roads to give drivers more places to recharge
Special announcement from King Charles III and Queen Camilla to welcome rail passengers05/05/2023 11:25:00
Announcement to welcome passengers at train stations up and down the country and across London Underground over the coronation weekend.
DLR Passengers to see quicker, easier and more frequent journeys as services are boosted across the network03/05/2023 10:20:00
More frequent services and reduced waiting times across the entire DLR network including the morning and evening peak.
Transport for London and Go Jauntly launch new challenge to boost walking this May02/05/2023 16:25:00
TfL is committed to boosting walking levels in London, in line with the Mayor's Transport Strategy.