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TfL launches plans to redesign Old Street roundabout

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Transport for London (Tfl) has launched a public consultation over plans to re-design Old Street roundabout in central London.

TfL has put forward proposals to close the north-western arm of the roundabout and link the underground station - which is buried underneath the gyratory system - to a new public peninsula space incorporating the existing central island and surrounding footway.

Between February 2010 and January 2013 there were 44 collisions in the vicinity of the roundabout resulting in personal injuries. Of these, 80 per cent involved a pedestrian or cyclist. Traffic studies also found that during the rush-hour period up to a third of vehicles on the Old Street roundabout were cyclists.

Under the new plans the traffic layout for the junction would be redesigned to be more straight-forward to use and would provide new cycle lanes and crossings, some of which segregated with cycle-only signals.

Closing the north-western ‘arm’ of the roundabout will also be integrated into proposed upgrades to Old Street station which is due for a major overhaul early next decade.

In the long-term TfL hopes to use the revamped station and peninsula as the base for a new development on the site. The transport body states that the development ‘would provide us with significant additional resources that would be used to fund public transport improvements in London.’

In September TfL launched a consultation for two major pan-London cycle routes whose main aim is to allow greater capacity and safety for cyclists in the capital. The routes, which have been dubbed ‘Crossrail for cyclists’ have been designed to work as a continuous, high quality, segregated cycle lane across some of the busiest parts of the city.

The east-west route would run for 18 miles across the middle of central London from Acton in the west, along the Embankment to Tower Hill in the east, with a shorter north-south route running for three miles from Elephant and Castle in the south to King’s Cross.

The Mayor’s ‘cycling vision’ was launched after a series of studies showed that cycling in London had doubled in the past decade but remained dangerous at key areas within the centre of the city.

Subject to the outcome of the public consultation work could start on Old Street by the end of 2015.

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