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London’s lethal Holborn gyratory to get £12.6 million makeover for safer cycling as TfL unveils 11 new projects across the capital

Projects in Brixton, the City and Croydon also among those announced today under Liveable Neighbourhoods programme

One ​of London’s most dangerous junctions for cyclists is to get a £12.6 million makeover to make it safer for vulnerable road users, as one of a number of locations throughout the capital that will share £53 million in funding announced today under the Liveable Neighbourhoods programme.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Transport for London (TfL) will provide £9.5 million to redevelop the Holborn gyratory, with the balance made up by the London Borough of Camden.

Six cyclists and four pedestrians have lost their lives in the area in the past decade, the most recent being Dr Peter Fisher, a physician to the Queen, which led to the London Cycling Campaign holding a vigil there to call for the junction to be made safe following his death last August.

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In October, the National Funeral for the Unknown Cyclist and Pedal on UK Parliament organised by the campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists assembled at nearby Russel Square and passed through Holborn on its way to Westminster.

But despite the high number of people killed or seriously injured in the vicinity, high levels of air pollution and the fact that the area sees 1,000 cyclists past through it at peak hours travelling east-west or vice-versa, it has never been included in TfL’s Better Junctions programme.

 Features of the programme announced today include:

Installing segregated cycle lanes along High Holborn and Theobalds Road

Making Bloomsbury Way bus and cycle only, in both directions

Facilitating the Holborn Station upgrade by closing the southern end of Procter Street to motor vehicles

Improving the setting for the British Museum by pedestrianising Great Russell Street

Creating a traffic free stretch of New Oxford Street between Museum Street and High Holborn

Installing a series of modal filters on local roads, building on current schemes recently implemented by Camden

Developing a freight reduction scheme in partnership with BeeMidtown [the local business improvement district].

Among the other 10 schemes announced today, full details of which can be found at the end of this article – are projects in Bow, Brixton, the City of London, Croydon Old Town, Enfield Town and South Bermondsey.

Recent TfL research has highlighted the economic benefits of walking and cycling in local areas, with infrastructure improvements such as new cycle routes leading to increased retail spending of up to 30 per cent.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “For too long streets around London have been designed solely around cars and motor traffic. Our £50 million investment will transform neighbourhoods and local town centres in inner and outer London, making them cleaner, greener and more pleasant places to spend time.

“Working with these boroughs to make our streets more welcoming for walking and cycling is vital for our health and wellbeing, but also essential for the future vibrancy and success of London’s local high streets.”

Fran Graham, campaigns co-ordinator at London Cycling Campaign, commented: “These bold proposals to make greener, healthier neighbourhoods, where far more journeys can be walked and cycled, and where car use is reduced are great news.

“They come as a result of Mayor Sadiq Khan’s promise to London Cycling Campaign’s ‘Sign for Cycling’ campaign, to provide funding for such schemes in every borough.

“We look forward to working with the new Liveable Neighbourhoods boroughs to turn their plans into a reality and to help the remaining boroughs without funding to bring forward suitably radical plans to improve their boroughs as well.”

On top of the £53 million allocated by TfL to the 11 schemes listed below, the individual boroughs will be contributing a combined total of  almost £40 million, taking the total spend on the projects to in excess of £90 million. The following descriptions have been provided by TfL.

Shortlands, Bromley: This project will improve travel connections for pedestrians and cyclists to and past Shortlands station from the surrounding area with new protected cycle lanes on Bromley Road and Valley Road and new pedestrian crossings across the busy A222.  New public spaces will be created around the Shortlands war memorial and Shortlands village centre along with pocket parks and improvements for walking throughout the scheme area, thereby improving the sense of ‘place’. Station Road will be significantly improved for pedestrians crossing with the introduction of a new ‘pocket park’ and a new ‘cycle hub’ will be constructed at Shortlands station. School Streets will make it easier for pupils to get to school without cars and three low traffic neighbourhoods will be created, dramatically reducing the impact of traffic on residential streets.

Holborn, Camden: Holborn gyratory is one of London’s most intimidating junctions with high numbers of collisions, inadequate footway space and poor cycling facilities. This project will remove the gyratory and introduce protected cycle lanes along High Holborn and Theobalds Road. Sections of New Oxford Street and Great Russell Street will be closed to motor vehicles and a section of Bloomsbury Way will become bus and bike only. The setting for the British Museum will be improved by pedestrianising Great Russell Street and the pedestrian environment will be improved around Holborn station. A freight reduction scheme will be delivered in partnership with the local Business Improvement District.

Old Town, Croydon: Neighbourhoods in Croydon’s Old Town area, including Wandle Park and Minster Green, will see massive growth in the coming years, but are divided by the traffic-dominated Croydon Flyover. This project will reduce speeds on the flyover, reallocate road space to cycling and turn an unhealthy major road into a Healthy Boulevard with new green infrastructure, reducing severance between Croydon’s communities.

Enfield Town, Enfield: Investment in Enfield Town Centre will focus on Church Street, reducing traffic dominance by narrowing the carriageway, connecting Market Square and the shopping centre and making it safer to walk to the train station. Junctions will be redesigned to be safer for pedestrians and cyclists and segregated cycle tracks built on Cecil Road, connecting with existing routes built as part of Enfield’s mini-Holland programme. Little Park Gardens and Town Park will be revitalised and new 20mph speed limits will reduce danger while sustainable drainage on roads will help to reduce flood risk in the area

South Chiswick, Hounslow: Investment in South Chiswick will provide a new pedestrian bridge under Barnes railway bridge to fill a missing link in to the Thames Path at Dukes Meadow. New cycle connections will be made between the Thames Path and the upcoming Cycleway 9. Grove Park piazza will be redesigned, school streets introduced and low-traffic neighbourhoods developed in the residential areas south of the A4.

Brixton, Lambeth: This project is focussed around Atlantic Road in Brixton, which will be transformed for people walking, cycling and using the bus. Local freight access will be maintained with technology utilised to better manage loading and servicing. Investment will overhaul public spaces, widen footways and add a number of new pedestrian crossings, creating a much more welcoming environment for the area’s many visitors, residents and businesses. The project will build high-quality infrastructure on three key strategic cycle routes: Brixton to Clapham Common, Brixton to Camberwell and Brixton to Herne Hill. Low traffic neighbourhoods will be created in the Ferndale and Railton neighbourhoods and a new, fully segregated cycle route linking to the Loughborough neighbourhood.

Freemasons Road, Newham: This project will transform the Custom House Area of Newham for walking and cycling, building on the Crossrail investment in the area. A high-quality cycling link will be built between Custom House Interchange and Cycle Superhighway 3 on Newham Way and a network of local routes developed to enable sustainable travel across the wider station catchment area. A new town square and arrival point from the Crossrail stations staircase will be created by reclaiming carriageway space from Freemasons Road. General traffic will be removed from the New Barn Street underpass, restricting it to buses and bikes only.

South Bermondsey, Southwark: Investment at the Bramcote Park estate will reduce car use by make walking and cycling much easier for local residents and connect the area with the future Cycleway 4 and Old Kent Road. Roads will be closed to through traffic, junctions re-designed and streets made easier to cross on foot.  Links will also be improved to the Deptford Parks Liveable Neighbourhood, for which Lewisham Council was awarded funding last year

Bow, Tower Hamlets: The town centre on the historic Roman Road will be transformed to make it a much more pleasant place to live and visit. Roman Road will become one-way for motor traffic, dramatically reducing traffic. Bus improvements will also be made to better service the town centre. Proposals for St. Stephen’s Road include provision of continuous footways and the removal of the car park to create a new outdoor space. Proposals for Old Ford Road  better traffic management and will the introduction of cycle facilities. Modal filters will reduce traffic on residential streets throughout the area, including the road underneath Coborn Street rail bridge.

Ilford, Redbridge: The project will transform access to Ilford Town Centre by breaking down the severance of the A406 North Circular Road and the river Roding. New segregated cycle lanes will enable people to cycle around the area safely. New bridges will be built over the River Roding and Alders Brook, enabling more people to walk and cycle to neighbourhoods north of Ilford Town Centre. The project will enable the thousands of new residents of the future Ilford Housing Zone to access good quality open space along the river Roding valley and cycle links to Wanstead, Stratford, Barking and Essex. A new walking and cycling route will be provided to the Tunneling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA).

City Cluster, City of London: This project aims to reduce traffic passing through the ‘City Cluster’, in the east of the City of London, an area with the highest density of business activity in the Square Mile. A zero-emission zone will also be created with innovative technology developed to implement and manage the zone. Reductions in traffic will enable streets to be transformed in line with the Healthy Streets approach to create a quality environment for people walking, spending time and moving through the area. This will be coupled with a programme of activity to open streets as public spaces, initially with lunchtime closures rolling out to permanent traffic restrictions in the busiest streets.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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ktache | 5 years ago
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It's not so much about irritation though.  This article is about ways to stop motorists killing and seriously injuring vulnerable road users.

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Legs_Eleven_Wor... | 5 years ago
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There must be an election in the offing. 

Look, there will not be a 'liveable neighbourhood' in London, as long as the car driver retains his supremacy - based on a sincere and obstinate belief in a non-existent 'tax' that he believes confers rights that cyclists do not have, and bolstered by a hate campaign funded by the right-wing press, and by decades of deliberate neocon action to pacify the RHA and the petrochemical cartels, as well as by twenty-five years of leniency before the law, resulting in de facto if not de jure impunity in the courts.  

It is never going to happen.  

The government will continue to spend billions on building roads (most of it farmed out to the private sector so that they can cut corporation tax as well as embezzle huge amounts into the coffers of the construction industry).  And whilst the masters in their BMWs and Mercedes feast on wide, smooth roads, there will be a desultory few scraps tossed to cyclists and pedestrians.

And like the fucking morons we are, we'll just sit there and say, 'Yes, Sir.  No, Sir. Three bags full, Sir'.  

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PsiMonk replied to Legs_Eleven_Worcester | 5 years ago
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Legs_Eleven_Worcester wrote:

there will not be a 'liveable neighbourhood' in London, as long as the car driver retains his supremacy <snip>.  It is never going to happen.  

Really? I love these folks who aren't based in London, have zero knowledge of what is happening in London, telling us what we don't and can't have.

Now... go look up #wfminiholland - hugely ambitious, award-winning set of schemes turning a big chunk of outer north east London far more "liveable". Visited by folks from not just over UK but also Denmark, Japan, Bogota and beyond.

Still, it is "never going to happen". It already did. And not just once. See also Hackney's "low traffic neighbourhoods", and now Lambeth and others in this latest round of funding.

Sure, it's hard going. But here's a thought, stop moaning in the comments of news stories, and start campaigning to make it happen. Learn how we did it and are doing it, go out and apply it to your area. It's a hard slog, and only made harder by negative do nothing comments like this.

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Legs_Eleven_Wor... replied to PsiMonk | 5 years ago
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PsiMonk wrote:
Legs_Eleven_Worcester wrote:

there will not be a 'liveable neighbourhood' in London, as long as the car driver retains his supremacy <snip>.  It is never going to happen.  

Really? I love these folks who aren't based in London, have zero knowledge of what is happening in London, telling us what we don't and can't have.

Erm.  I live in London.

(remainder of bollox snipped)

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brooksby replied to PsiMonk | 5 years ago
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PsiMonk wrote:

Now... go look up #wfminiholland - hugely ambitious, award-winning set of schemes turning a big chunk of outer north east London far more "liveable". Visited by folks from not just over UK but also Denmark, Japan, Bogota and beyond.

I hear what you're saying, but you make it sound like a theme park...  yes

 

 

 

(I don't live in London, and only visit about once every three or four years through work...).

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Legs_Eleven_Wor... replied to brooksby | 5 years ago
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brooksby wrote:
PsiMonk wrote:

Now... go look up #wfminiholland - hugely ambitious, award-winning set of schemes turning a big chunk of outer north east London far more "liveable". Visited by folks from not just over UK but also Denmark, Japan, Bogota and beyond.

I hear what you're saying, but you make it sound like a theme park...  yes

(I don't live in London, and only visit about once every three or four years through work...).

You're very fortunate.  I fucking hate it here, but my job was here.  I stuck it out for what must be ten years.  No more.  I can no longer suffer getting onto my bike in the morning and genuinely wondering if I will ever see my wife again.  

But really, the car is king in London, and we cyclists are but specks of dust on the arsehole of the car driver.  To be scratched off at will. 

It won't change until we get a change of government, and with recent events, it looks likely that the next Labour government will be as tory as the last one was.   So there doesn't look to be any end in sight.  

Interviews next month in Copenhagen.   4 

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janusz0 replied to Legs_Eleven_Worcester | 5 years ago
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Legs_Eleven_Worcester wrote:

But really, the car is king in London, and we cyclists are but specks of dust on the arsehole of the car driver.  To be scratched off at will.

Interviews next month in Copenhagen.   4 

The car isn't king.  No sane person owns or uses a car in London and over 90% of those coming in from the suburbs use public transport.  Public transport is the real monarch, cars are just a barely suppressed cancer. 

At their present rate of growth, I'm looking forward to the day when they won't fit down my street.  However, I expect that car designers are planning cars big enough to live in  permanently, so that their owners can demolish their current homes for parking space.

Good luck with Copenhagen!

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Legs_Eleven_Wor... replied to janusz0 | 5 years ago
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janusz0 wrote:
Legs_Eleven_Worcester wrote:

But really, the car is king in London, and we cyclists are but specks of dust on the arsehole of the car driver.  To be scratched off at will.

Interviews next month in Copenhagen.   4 

The car isn't king.  No sane person owns or uses a car in London 

British drivers are not sane.  

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OldRidgeback replied to Legs_Eleven_Worcester | 5 years ago
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Legs_Eleven_Worcester wrote:
janusz0 wrote:
Legs_Eleven_Worcester wrote:

But really, the car is king in London, and we cyclists are but specks of dust on the arsehole of the car driver.  To be scratched off at will.

Interviews next month in Copenhagen.   4 

The car isn't king.  No sane person owns or uses a car in London 

British drivers are not sane.  

Most are. 

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Legs_Eleven_Wor... replied to OldRidgeback | 5 years ago
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OldRidgeback wrote:
Legs_Eleven_Worcester wrote:
janusz0 wrote:
Legs_Eleven_Worcester wrote:

But really, the car is king in London, and we cyclists are but specks of dust on the arsehole of the car driver.  To be scratched off at will.

Interviews next month in Copenhagen.   4 

The car isn't king.  No sane person owns or uses a car in London 

British drivers are not sane.  

Most are. 

That's the thing, isn't it?  That's the 'elephant in the room'.   They're not.  But no one wants to acknowledge it.  In fact, no one dares acknowledge it.   

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OldRidgeback replied to Legs_Eleven_Worcester | 5 years ago
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Legs_Eleven_Worcester wrote:
OldRidgeback wrote:
Legs_Eleven_Worcester wrote:
janusz0 wrote:
Legs_Eleven_Worcester wrote:

But really, the car is king in London, and we cyclists are but specks of dust on the arsehole of the car driver.  To be scratched off at will.

Interviews next month in Copenhagen.   4 

The car isn't king.  No sane person owns or uses a car in London 

British drivers are not sane.  

Most are. 

That's the thing, isn't it?  That's the 'elephant in the room'.   They're not.  But no one wants to acknowledge it.  In fact, no one dares acknowledge it.   

You're a driver. I'm a driver. 

I find driving a car in London to be a combination of frustration and boredom. But sometimes you have to do it. I had a nice drive back from my training session yesterday with my son as it happens. I passed a couple of cyclists, giving them 2m of space. I stopped a few times to let other drivers squeeze through narrow spaces, and a few other drivers did the same for me.

I'd much rather be on two wheels most of the time, whether with or without engine assistance.

It's all too easy to get irritated when you're on the road, whether on two wheels or four.

And it serves no purpose.

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ConcordeCX replied to Legs_Eleven_Worcester | 5 years ago
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Legs_Eleven_Worcester wrote:

 

You're very fortunate.  I fucking hate it here, but my job was here.  I stuck it out for what must be ten years.  No more.  I can no longer suffer getting onto my bike in the morning and genuinely wondering if I will ever see my wife again.  

 

you think she's going to leave you for an Audi driver?

 

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Legs_Eleven_Wor... replied to ConcordeCX | 5 years ago
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ConcordeCX wrote:
Legs_Eleven_Worcester wrote:

 

You're very fortunate.  I fucking hate it here, but my job was here.  I stuck it out for what must be ten years.  No more.  I can no longer suffer getting onto my bike in the morning and genuinely wondering if I will ever see my wife again.  

 

you think she's going to leave you for an Audi driver?

 

Oi, I drive a Skoda, mate.  

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OldRidgeback | 5 years ago
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Great news about the Holburn Gyratory. I don't use it myself but I know plenty who do. 

The upgrades in Brixton will be ones I'll use a lot.

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brooksby | 5 years ago
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So does this mean that Mr Khan was feeling a a bit stung by Mr Gilligan's unfavourable comments at the weekend?

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Tribble | 5 years ago
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Brilliant! More of this please.

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