Saturday, 19 March 2016

King's Cross Gyratory - TfL consultation


King's Cross Gyratory - TfL consultation

https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/kings-cross-gyratory?cid=kings-cross-gyratory


Living Streets King's Cross Local Group, and Margot and David and Caroline

We all seem in harmony. The KX Place Plan makes 'real' air quality improvement a priority, but is not made a measurable objective in the TfL proposals, nor are safe enjoyable and objectively efficient pedestrian journeys proposed to be a focus of planning. We will raise these points.

Thanks for your notes and points about the consultation response which I will put in tomorrow, trying to incorporate everything with overlaps with what we have below: 
Hi Sarah (cc John and LS KX people) dated early Feb

Thanks for your email. The main issues which John Hartley and Tobias Newland and I (with other LSKX members) have recently (January) discussed with LB Camden's gyratory lead are:

1. Genuine consultation is needed with TfL and the boroughs of Camden and Isington, collaborating locally on site in Kings Cross - not separately and remotely. Objective and achievable aims need to be agreed. 
The loss of (already too narrow) footway at Gray's Inn Road, and conversion into shared cycle lane following TfL consultation in 2011-2012 has had a very negative impact on the group - the TfL engineer could not justify this, based on Journey Time Reliability impact of "11 minutes"

This comes back to 'trust me I am an engineer' within TfL (as discussed yesterday) - between the engineer in charge and her colleague modelling JTR on this very short link at the junction. The JTR engineer prevailed over the project engineer and this led to the footway reduction.
2. A place-based approach to the gyratory area with TfL urban design and the boroughs urban design and placemaking is needed, rather than the movement, traffic and roads-led approach as is currently proposed in the email.
3. There is a need to assess and establish 'streets types' classification (RTF 2015) of each link in the King's Cross gyratory system for 1) before and 2) after the 'gyratory removal'. Improved King's Cross town centre place qualities to be clearly related to these changes.
4. TfL adherence to and careful consideration of the Camden/Islington King's Cross Place Plan for King's Cross town centre - developed over several years - is essential
The local group has spent years talking to many different consultation processes in a fragmented and contradictory way, and feels that while consultations have been "delivered" by TfL, they have been ultimately disempowering locally.

In regard to the four points in the TfL consultation email (from Clare, the same person who led consultation previously - then called 'consultation delivery manager') the main points would be:
1. two way traffic needs to be viewed in place context and all aspects of the streets modelled, not just motor traffic, with pedestrian journey times modelled as suggested yesterday by Prof Nick Wates to Dana Kelley OBE, as you heard.
2. 'traffic' needs to be clearly articulated: motorised public transport, (PT Lanes, stops and stands), commercial (Heavy and light) motor traffic and private motor traffic and cycle traffic and pedestrian traffic. A transport authority ignoring pedestrian traffic in modelling and design (apart from place implications) would be quite remiss according to it's own guidelines. The assumption  that traffic means motor traffic (in the TfL email here) is completely contradictory to the RTF 2016 and Streets Toolkit 2016 and a place making approach, and also the long-fought-for Place Plan.
3. junctions should be designed as places rather than traffic systems, as per the Streets Toolkit 2016, every junction in the system should be assessed as a place (including PERS as LS did in 2008, using also TfL Valuing Urban Realm Toolkit (possibly also micro-assessment of PTAL) rater than the current proposed TfL approach which is motor traffic engineering led.
4. cycling would be considered and modelled seamlessly as part of the place and movement equation - loss of walking space and footways (spuriously justified by journey time reliability in the G I Road case) is not only illogical and anathema under Street Toolkit 2016 guidelines, it disenfranchises voluntary action for walking and living streets.
I hope this helps to understand some of the local concerns, and I would be happy to discuss each point with you, potentially together with government agencies.

I will attach some slides from my presentation at Urban Design London - (Transport for London's forum for Urban Design critique and learning) on 26 January - Brenda Puech was there too - it was  about shared space and shows the Gray's Inn Road junction review site mentioned above.
I spoke in Feb with someone at the British Library researching who all the stakeholders are in King's Cross
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for David, Margot and Caroline, I will forward this to Toby and Hermann and the James' who were at our recent King's Cross meeting - and can comment on what should be incorporated from your comments - see below

If there is any duplication of your individual submissions with ours from LS KX, that will be a good thing.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Byng Place


I just returned from surveying and consulting passers-by in Byng Place, a public space in the London's UCL University Campus area. A cycling group has initiated support for the new 'trial' design of an important central London communication spine used for cycling, walking and driving motor vehicles, especially taxi cabs. My local Living Streets group contributed by collaborating.
Although it is difficult to ask cyclists or motorists - or even busy pedestrians on their way to meetings and lectures - to stop and answer survey questions, it is hoped that support for the better public realm can be documented. Fortunately, about twenty such users took the time to give their opinions to me within a couple of hours during the morning peak from 0800 - 1000

Friday, 24 July 2015

King's Cross Orbital

King's Cross is a critical part of central London, a transport hub and a neighbourhood - but its boundaries are contested.

King's Cross, originally the name of a landmark statue at the junction of Euston, Gray's Inn and Pentonville Roads with York Way, is today widely understood to identify an area around the railway station named after the monument. There are two railway stations adjacent to one another, King's Cross and St Pancras International, which give the underground station its name, King's Cross St Pancras Underground Station. The former site of the monument to King George in front of the stations at the junction of Euston, Gray's Inn, and Pentonville Roads and York Way is on the boundary of two local boroughs and sits within the highway 'owned' and managed by Transport for London.

The hyperlocal news blog King's Cross Environment  recently carried Sophie Talbot's story about the identity of King's Cross, where the developers of the new private estate on the Railway Lands, "King's Cross Central" are occasionally wont to shorten the name and accidentally excise the surrounding areas from the 'area of benefit' as the developers understand it. The article is called Authoring King's Cross.

On a Monday in 2014 Living Streets' the Neighbourhood Forum for King's Cross Chair Zannthie and I workshopped some of the proposals for street improvement with an engineer from LB Camden. The proposals were Flexible Streets, School Streets and Clean Streets.

The first proposed a better balance between motorised and non-motorised street users day and night, which we considered highly relevant to greater Kings Cross (even the parts in Islington and managed by Transport for London).

The second proposal was for timed slow / safe / play / traffic free zones outside schools, and we felt Wynton Street should be an example.

The third proposal was for cleanability, which we suggested it would be better rewritten and directed toward local pride in mixed use high streets, based on greater vitality.

We were thanked for our time and had a cup of tea. To our knowledge, none of the proposals was accepted. We have not heard from Camden since.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Fix my Town Centre


 Caledonian Road 2 way in the 50s www.flickr.com/photos/warsaw1948/5454434344/

Fix My Transport, a MySociety Participation Tool we used 2011 - 2014, is due to be archived soon, so the information previously at http://www.fixmytransport.com/campaigns/improve-kings-cross-town-centre-and is being reproduced here.


At the time of writing, changes to junctions are under way and Caledonian Road between Caledonia Street and Wharfdale Road has been restored to 2 way traffic. A further community consultation is promised for "Winter 2016" by TfL on their King's Cross page. 

I decided to keep a record of the campaign material from Fix My Transport (2008-2014) here before it is deleted by MySociety from the public record:

Description   

Living Streets KX

Beyond the stations and 'Development Site' areas, the A501 Pentonville Road, Gray’s Inn Road, Acton Street, A201 Penton Rise, King’s Cross Road, the A5203 Wharfdale Road, Caledonian Road, York Way, and the A5202 Pancras Road, Midland Road have excessive motor traffic speed, volume, noise and air pollution, precluding a safe and pleasant walking environment where people live and work in the station interchange area, the town centre of King's Cross.
The Mayor has asked TfL Streets via consultants in 2011 to study the area. Living Streets King's Cross local group and the neighbourhood forum in King's Cross would like to suggest how the area would be made more economically viable, healthy and liveable.
We would like to improve the urban environment in line with the "Reimagining urban spaces to help revitalise our high streets" (DCLG report July 2012) and Manual for Streets 2 (CIHT 2010) and TfLs "Valuing Urban Realm Toolkit"
Would TfL please work together with us?
We asked the Deputy Mayor for Transport, Isabel Dedring on 17 October 2012 and she nominated a Camden officer who has since left as the point of contact. (Antony.holloway@camden.gov.uk now care of Cllr Sarah Hayward)
There was no discussion with Dedring of the distinction between roads and streets, or recognition that in King's Cross the latter perform an important public realm function (walking, shopping, dwelling, meeting, sitting, breathing etc) in the Transport for London Road Network TLRN.
An email response from TfL (Clive Nwonka, Customer Service 25 Oct. 2012 - below) promised that TfL would perform 'pedestrian spot counts' at certain sites, and (at junctions) to 'deliver improvements for cyclists and other vulnerable road users'.
Transport for London in late 2012 provided a dedicated contact email address for the area: kingscrossgyratory@tfl.gov.uk (Claire Alleguen) and 'delivered a consultation' yet to be reported in March 2013 (now 'summer 2013').
A locally-made 'Danger Map' of the area is here: http://goo.gl/maps/omFSH
(last updated 23 March 2013)

Five years' campaigning and TfL "consultations" (since 2008 PERS audits later released by FOI request) have resulted, more than a year late, in a vague set of so-called "objectives" which are unmeasurable and unrealistic.
It is a dismal result of campaigning and TfL “consultation” since 2008:
http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/projectsandschemes/24344.aspx – 17 July 2013

“Kings Cross Gyratory Review Objectives”
“Kings Cross has been identified as a Growth / Opportunity Area as part of the 2011 London Plan. This scheme aims to facilitate this growth by providing for the expected increase in movements, as well as existing needs, through:
- Improved safety for all road users, in particular pedestrian and cyclists
- Better balancing of the impact of traffic with the need to create an improved place to live, work and visit
- Improved cycle movement and facilities
- Improved pedestrian movements, particularly for public transport interchange and access to and from the mainline stations
- Comparable bus journey times, services and infrastructure
- Appropriate provision for taxis, private hire vehicles, servicing and freight
- Retention of journey time reliability and capacity on the Inner Ring Road
- Ensuring suitable provision for coaches and tour buses
- Improved environment and urban realm
NB* These are in no particular order”


Problem History


Problem History (July 2012 - November 2013) 
  • 1 Living Streets KX reported the issue on FixMyTransport. close 17:25 23 Jul 2012
  • 2 Living Streets KX wrote to Transport for London close 17:25 23 Jul 2012
    Here is the letter that Living Streets KX wrote.
    Kings Cross Centre (Gyratory One way system)
    The A501 Pentonville Road, Gray’s Inn Road, Acton Street, A201 Penton Rise, King’s Cross Road, the A5203 Wharfdale Road, Caledonian Road, York Way, and the A5202 Pancras Road, Midland Road have excessive motor traffic speed and volume, working against a safe and pleasant walking environment where people live and work in the station interchange area, the town centre of King's Cross.
    The Mayor has asked TfL Streets via consultants to study the area and the neighbourhood forum in King's Cross would like to suggest how the area would be made more economically viable, healthy and liveable. For example, we would like to improve the urban environment in line with the "Reimagining urban spaces to help revitalise our high streets" (DCLG report July 2012) and Manual for Streets 2 (CIHT 2010)
    Would you please work together with us?
  • 3 [email address] responded to Living Streets KXclose 17:30 23 Jul 2012
    Thank you for your email. We can now confirm that this has been
    received.

    For further information about the Surface Transport Complaints
    and Feedback Policy including timescales, please see
    [1]
    http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/about-tf...

    Problems with roadworks or other street faults? In support of
    the Mayor’s Streetworks Code of Conduct to help cut congestion,
    please report these issues by visiting
    [2]
    http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/reportas...

    show quoted sections

    References

    Visible links
    1.
    http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/about-tf...
    2. http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/reportas...
  • 4 Govinden Ruben responded to Living Streets KXclose 17:30 23 Jul 2012


    The Transport for London Press Office is now operating full time
    on the Games.

    I am working shifts in a different role and I’m not covering my
    usual responsibilities.  If you need to speak to some one about
    a non-Games related issue please contact the Press Office on
    0845 604 4141 and ask for the Business As Usual Desk.  If you
    are calling about a Games related issue please call the same
    number and ask to speak to someone working on the Games.
  • 5 Living Streets KX wrote to Govinden Rubenclose 18:05 23 Jul 2012
    Dear Govinden Ruben
    We can wait until after the games, but we would like an expert officer with responsibility as the contact person on this one.
    Sincerely
    Gregory
    -----Original Message-----


    The Transport for London Press Office is now operating full time
    on the Games.

     
    I am working shifts in a different role and I’m not covering my
    usual responsibilities.  If you need to speak to some one about
    a non-Games related issue please contact the Press Office on
    0845 604 4141 and ask for the Business As Usual Desk.  If you
    are calling about a Games related issue please call the same
    number and ask to speak to someone working on the Games.

     
  • 6 Living Streets KX added an updateclose 18:06 23 Jul 2012
    Postponed until 13 August after the Olympics for the TfL Press Office to find a responsible TfL officer with whom we can correspond.
  • 7 [email address] responded to Living Streets KXclose 15:13 08 Aug 2012
    Your ref.:   

    Our ref.:         1010982127 / DG

    Date:              08.08.2012

    [improve King's Cross square, surface interchange and town centre email]

    Dear Madam or Sir,

    Re.: Kings Cross

    Thank you for your e-mail of July 23, and for the interest your
    group expressed in participating in the Kings Cross gyratory
    study which has recently been commissioned by Transport for
    London (TfL).

    As you may be aware, this study will consider the future
    strategic operation of the gyratory, with specific focus on the
    possibility of returning the existing one-way roads to two-way
    operation.

    TfL recently met with elected representatives from both The
    London Borough of Islington and The London Borough of Camden to
    discuss the objectives for the scheme, as well as the most
    effective way of engaging with the community. Further to these
    discussions, TfL will be meeting members of the community
    (including yourselves), either to discuss objectives, or to
    refine possible options. Invitations to these sessions will be
    sent out over the coming months. Beforehand, we shall welcome
    any suggestions or comments to be submitted via a dedicated
    web-site. This site is due to be launched shortly once the
    Olympic Games are concluded.

    Thank you once again for having written to us on this matter.
    Please revert to me if you have any further queries or concerns.

    Yours sincerely,

    David Goudge

    Customer Service Advisor – London Streets
    Transport for London
    Customer Experience
    4th floor, Zone B5
    14 Pier Walk
    London SE10 0ES

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    From: [improve King's Cross square, surface interchange and town centre email]
    To: [Transport for London problem reporting email] <[email address]>
    CC: [email address] <[email address]>
    Sent: 23.07.12 17:30:04
    Subject: Kings Cross Centre (Gyratory One way system)

    Dear Transport for London,

    The A501 Pentonville Road, Gray’s Inn Road, Acton Street, A201
    Penton Rise, King’s Cross Road, the A5203 Wharfdale Road,
    Caledonian Road, York Way, and the A5202 Pancras Road, Midland
    Road
    have excessive motor traffic speed and volume, working against a
    safe and pleasant walking environment where people live and work
    in
    the station interchange area, the town centre of King's Cross.
    The
    Mayor has asked TfL Streets via consultants to study the area
    and
    the neighbourhood forum in King's Cross would like to suggest
    how
    the area would be made more economically viable, healthy and
    liveable. For example, we would like to improve the urban
    environment in line with the "Reimagining urban spaces to help
    revitalise our high streets" (DCLG report July 2012) and Manual
    for
    Streets 2 (CIHT 2010) Would you please work together with us?

    ------------------

    Here is some information from FixMyTransport about the location
    of
    this issue:

    Location name: King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station

    Area: King's Cross

    Easting: 530282.0

    Northing: 182975.0

    ----------

    To view a map of the precise location of this problem, or to
    provide an update on the problem, please visit the following
    link:
    http://www.fixmytransport.com/campaigns/...

    [ PLEASE NOTE: Your replies to this problem report will be sent
    to
    Living Streets KX and will be published online. This message was
    sent via FixMyTransport.com - a not-for-profit service dedicated
    to
    helping people get public transport problems resolved. If there
    is
    a more appropriate email address for messages about this type of
    problem, please let us know by visiting
    <
    http://www.fixmytransport.com/feedback>. This will help improve
    the service for people travelling. We also welcome any other
    feedback you may have. ]
  • 8 Living Streets KX commented close 17:33 03 Sep 2012
    David Goudge for Transport for London promised that it would get back to us "after the Olympics / Paralympics"
  • 9 Living Streets KX wrote to [email address]close 22:24 01 Oct 2012
    Further to your email of 8 Aug 2012 almost two months later, as promised after the Olympic Games period, we have not been made aware of any dedicated TfL website related to this problem and the Gyratory study. A dedicated TfL contact person as requested has not been allocated.
    Through Living Streets, we have also seen a draft TfL document nine days ago which indicates that pedestrian counts have not been undertaken and pedestrian modelling of the unsafe links and junctions has not been undertaken. These assessments are necessary good practice in design of the public realm.
    The existing 2008 PERS audits which TfL commissioned from TRL with help from Living Streets were not referenced in this recent draft report. The audits showed most of the junctions were unsafe for pedestrians.
    (http://kingscrossenvironment.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/kings-cross-st-pancras-pers-csa-final-report-walkability.pdf)

    Please help urgently. Could you please tell us:
    1. Where is the dedicated website for the gyratory study?
    2. Who is the TfL contact person?
    3. Why is there no assessment of the pedestrian environment in this problem area?
    4. Why are TfL's own Valuing Urban Realm Toolkit 2012 and the Manual for Streets 2 (2011 CIHT) not applied to this important pedestrian public realm area London's significant inner-city international surface transport interchange?
    5. Why is the 2008 PERS audit ignored?

    sincerely,
    Gregory

    -----Original Message-----
    Your ref.:         
    Our ref.:         1010982127 / DG
    Date:              08.08.2012
    [improve King's Cross square, surface interchange and town centre email]
    Dear Madam or Sir,
    Re.: Kings Cross
    Thank you for your e-mail of July 23, and for the interest your
    group expressed in participating in the Kings Cross gyratory
    study which has recently been commissioned by Transport for
    London (TfL).

    As you may be aware, this study will consider the future
    strategic operation of the gyratory, with specific focus on the
    possibility of returning the existing one-way roads to two-way
    operation.

    TfL recently met with elected representatives from both The
    London Borough of Islington and The London Borough of Camden to
    discuss the objectives for the scheme, as well as the most
    effective way of engaging with the community. Further to these
    discussions, TfL will be meeting members of the community
    (including yourselves), either to discuss objectives, or to
    refine possible options. Invitations to these sessions will be
    sent out over the coming months. Beforehand, we shall welcome
    any suggestions or comments to be submitted via a dedicated
    web-site. This site is due to be launched shortly once the
    Olympic Games are concluded.

    Thank you once again for having written to us on this matter.
    Please revert to me if you have any further queries or concerns.

    Yours sincerely,
    David Goudge
    Customer Service Advisor – London Streets
    Transport for London
    Customer Experience
    4th floor, Zone B5
    14 Pier Walk
    London SE10 0ES
     

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    From: [improve King's Cross square, surface interchange and town centre email]
    To: [Transport for London problem reporting email] <[email address]>
    CC: [email address] <[email address]>
    Sent: 23.07.12 17:30:04
    Subject: Kings Cross Centre (Gyratory One way system)

    Dear Transport for London,
    The A501 Pentonville Road, Gray’s Inn Road, Acton Street, A201
    Penton Rise, King’s Cross Road, the A5203 Wharfdale Road,
    Caledonian Road, York Way, and the A5202 Pancras Road, Midland
    Road have excessive motor traffic speed and volume, working against a
    safe and pleasant walking environment where people live and work
    in the station interchange area, the town centre of King's Cross.
    The Mayor has asked TfL Streets via consultants to study the area
    and the neighbourhood forum in King's Cross would like to suggest
    how the area would be made more economically viable, healthy and
    liveable. For example, we would like to improve the urban
    environment in line with the "Reimagining urban spaces to help
    revitalise our high streets" (DCLG report July 2012) and Manual
    for Streets 2 (CIHT 2010) Would you please work together with us?

    ------------------
    Here is some information from FixMyTransport about the location
    of  this issue:

    Location name: King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station
    Area: King's Cross
    Easting: 530282.0
    Northing: 182975.0
    ----------
    To view a map of the precise location of this problem, or to
    provide an update on the problem, please visit the following
    link:

    http://www.fixmytransport.com/campaigns/2065
    [ PLEASE NOTE: Your replies to this problem report will be sent
    to Living Streets KX and will be published online. This message was
    sent via FixMyTransport.com - a not-for-profit service dedicated
    to helping people get public transport problems resolved. If there
    is a more appropriate email address for messages about this type of
    problem, please let us know by visiting
    . This will help improve
    the service for people travelling. We also welcome any other
    feedback you may have. ]
  • 10 [email address] responded to Living Streets KXclose 22:24 01 Oct 2012
    Thank you for your email. We can now confirm that this has been
    received.

    For further information about the Surface Transport Complaints
    and Feedback Policy including timescales, please see
    [1]
    http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/about-tf...

    Problems with roadworks or other street faults? In support of
    the Mayor’s Streetworks Code of Conduct to help cut congestion,
    please report these issues by visiting
    [2]
    http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/reportas...

    show quoted sections

    References

    Visible links
    1.
    http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/about-tf...
    2. http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/reportas...
  • 11 Living Streets KX added an updateclose 22:28 01 Oct 2012
    We have written to Transport for London to ask for an update on progress with the assessment of the pedestrian environment in the King's Cross St. Pancras surface transport interchange area.
    We have asked for a contact name, the location of the dedicated website which was promised after the Olympic Games period, and we asked why pedestrians are not being considered in the designs for the public realm in the area.
  • 12 Living Streets KX commented close 18:17 18 Oct 2012
    Deputy Mayor (Transport) Isabel Dedring, also a Camden resident, spoke with local residents at the invitation of L B Camden last night at the Camden Centre, adjoining Camden Town Hall. She was aware that the King's Cross Gyratory area was being reviewed, but was not aware of any specific timelines or meeting dates for the King's Cross gyratory consultation, nor were other Camden or TfL staff present at the meeting.
  • 13 Living Streets KX commented close 18:18 18 Oct 2012
    This website has just appeared:
    http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/projectsandschemes/24344.aspx
  • 14 Living Streets KX commented close 18:31 18 Oct 2012
    The above TfL webpage (24344) states that "Work has started on a feasibility study (the first part of the strategic review) and we have appointed a consultant to examine the area. The study will focus on the following roads:
    A201 Penton Rise, Kings Cross Road
    A501 Pentonville Road, Gray's Inn Road, Acton Street, Swinton Street
    A5202 Pancras Road, Midland Road, Goods Way
    A5203 Caledonian Road, Wharfdale Road
    A5200 York Way
    We are working with the London Boroughs of Camden and Islington and representatives from cycling and pedestrian groups to develop the objectives of the review.
    Progress meetings will be held throughout the feasibility study, which local community groups will be invited to.
    Once this is done, we will generate a number of proposals through a series of workshops with key representative groups.
    Further engagement will then be undertaken to consider which proposals we should develop further.
    The preferred options will be announced by summer 2013."

    The names of Kings' Cross community groups to be consulted, such as pedestrian and cyclist groups, the neighbourhood forum, etc., have not been revealed, but the method and objectives for the feasibility study will be of key importance to public realm, noise, pollution, vehicle speed and volume, high street footfall, accessibility, pedestrian crossing times, etc.
    An email address has been provided: kingscrossgyratory@tfl.gov.uk
  • 15 Living Streets KX commented close 18:38 18 Oct 2012
    The LB Camden Senior Transport Planner responsible for this project, as announced at the meeting last night is Antony Holloway:
    mailto:Antony.holloway@camden.gov.uk
  • 16 [email address] responded to Living Streets KX close 16:13 25 Oct 2012
    Your ref:          XXXXXXXXX

    Our Ref:         1010982127/CN

    Date:              25.10.2012

    [improve King's Cross square, surface interchange and town centre email]

    Dear Gregory,

    Re: King's Cross square, surface interchange and town centre

    Thnak you for your email regarding the above.

    The Kings Cross gyratory feasibility study is looking at the
    longer term design of the road space in the Kings Cross area. An
    explanation of the study and progress of it can be followed on
    TfL’s website at [1]tfl.gov.uk/kingscrossgyratory.  The Team
    responsible for this study may be contacted via
    [2][email address].  Before the consultant started
    the feasibility options for the Kings Cross Gyratory project,
    4-6 weeks was spent reviewing previous studies and proposals
    including the 2008 PERS audits by TRL in order to ensure that
    previous observations/conclusions can be captured within the
    design.

    The draft document you refer to seeing 9 days ago is related to
    the ‘Better Junctions’ project. Since January 2012, in response
    to a request by the Mayor, TfL has been working on a programme
    to review all junctions on the current Barclays Cycle
    Superhighways, as well as all planned major junction improvement
    schemes on the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN). An
    initial and high level review of these 500 locations was
    completed and TfL identified 100 priority locations for which it
    has started to explore possible options and ideas to enhance
    facilities cyclists and other vulnerable users. These 100
    junctions now comprise the Better Junctions Programme.

    TfL has established forums to discuss options for improvement at
    these locations with a range of stakeholders, and will continue
    to working through reviews of all 100 junctions by the end of
    2013. As part of the Mayor’s broader strategy to transform the
    City into a safe and pleasurable place for all kinds of people
    to cycle, this work will help to ensure that all road users are
    better catered for at key junctions across London and will
    deliver improvements for cyclists and other vulnerable road
    users.

    In addition, TfL is committed to the design and delivery of
    improvements at 50 junctions by the end of 2013, with the first
    tranche (10 junctions) being completed by December 2012, the
    second tranche (15 junctions) by mid 2013, and the remaining 25
    by December 2013. Improvements may be delivered incrementally at
    certain locations, with safety enhancements delivered in the
    short-term and wider urban realm improvements or innovative
    solutions developed and delivered over a longer-term, in
    collaboration with developers, London Boroughs and Government.

    More information about this project can be seen by following
    this link
    [3]
    https://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/project...

    The Better Junctions programme’s remit includes all vulnerable
    users and therefore during the design review process,
    consideration for improvements to pedestrian facilities is a key
    objective. With regards to pedestrians specifically, the Kings
    Cross review has considered proposals for improving crossing
    facilities, including widening crossings as well as the
    possibility of converting them to straight across or extending
    pedestrian refuge islands. Following feedback from one of the
    forums, TfL are undertaking pedestrian spot counts at the
    proposed junction improvement sites and will be tabling the
    proposed changes at a future forum. TfL uses a number of
    different design standards, tools and techniques during the
    design process and it is always a matter of judgment as to what
    is provided in order to best balance of street space for
    pedestrians, cyclists, bus users and general traffic.

    I hope this information helps.

    Yours sincerely

    Clive Nwonka

    Customer Service Advisor

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    From: [improve King's Cross square, surface interchange and town centre email]
    To: [email address] <[email address]>
    CC:
    Sent: 01.10.12 22:24:23
    Subject: Re: Re.: Kings Cross

    Further to your email of 8 Aug 2012 almost two months later, as
    promised after the Olympic Games period, we have not been made
    aware of any dedicated TfL website related to this problem and
    the Gyratory study. A dedicated TfL contact person as requested
    has not been allocated.

    Through Living Streets, we have also seen a draft TfL document
    nine days ago which indicates that pedestrian counts have not
    been undertaken and pedestrian modelling of the unsafe links and
    junctions has not been undertaken. These assessments are
    necessary good practice in design of the public realm.

    The existing 2008 PERS audits which TfL commissioned from TRL
    with help from Living Streets were not referenced in this recent
    draft report. The audits showed most of the junctions were
    unsafe for pedestrians.
    (
    http://kingscrossenvironment.files.wordp...)

    Please help urgently. Could you please tell us:

    1. Where is the dedicated website for the gyratory study?
    2. Who is the TfL contact person?
    3. Why is there no assessment of the pedestrian environment in
    this problem area?
    4. Why are TfL's own Valuing Urban Realm Toolkit 2012 and the
    Manual for Streets 2 (2011 CIHT) not applied to this important
    pedestrian public realm area London's significant inner-city
    international surface transport interchange?
    5. Why is the 2008 PERS audit ignored?

    sincerely,
    Gregory

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  • 17 Living Streets KX added an updateclose 17:20 27 Oct 2012
    TfL and its consultants have not held a progress meeting since the review was launched in December 2011
  • 18 Living Streets KX added an updateclose 13:20 02 Nov 2012
    TfL undertook a report one Town Centre Viability last year 2011. http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/customer-research/town-centre-study-2011-report.pdf
  • 19 Living Streets KX added an updateclose 13:20 02 Nov 2012
    TfL undertook a report one Town Centre Viability last year 2011. http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/customer-research/town-centre-study-2011-report.pdf
  • 20 Living Streets KX added an updateclose 13:30 02 Nov 2012
    TfL undertook a report on Town Centre Viability last year 2011. (http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/customer-research/town-centre-study-2011-report.pdf) King's Cross town centre was overlooked, although it is part of an international transport hub with three major train stations in the immediate area (An international station and two British stations as well as an underground station with six underground lines).
  • 21 Living Streets KX commented close 12:53 09 Nov 2012
    At a meeting chaired by Cr Jonathon Simpson yesterday 8 Nov 2012, Camden officer antony.holloway@camden.gov.uk and his transport dept. colleague revealed there has already been an 'objective setting meeting' in 2012 - as yet inconclusive. Focus groups are planned by TfL for late November.
    Camden promised that the gyratory regeneration would be transformative and wide-ranging rather than motor traffic led. It was agreed that Camden would ensure the "Study progress update website" tfl.gov.uk/kingscrossgyratory should reflect progress information such as meetings between Camden Islington and TfL and agreement on scope or objectives.
    Via the chair Cr Simpson, the transport planners agreed to ensure proper evidence is gathered of pedestrian movements at junctions and links (PERS assessments etc) and that economic and environmental benefits of public realm improvement are made part of the scope of the gyratory review.
  • 22 Living Streets KX commented close 13:31 16 Nov 2012
    Meetings will be on the 20th and 27th of November at KCBNA 51 Argyle Street
  • 23 Living Streets KX commented close 17:09 19 Nov 2012
    Our Local Group has emailed TfL to say we wish these 4 issues addressed at the meeting
    1. Validity of terms of community consultation and participation in the mayor's Gyratory Review (Aarhus Convention), in relation to local plans (Kings Cross Place Plan etc)
    [ie how and why do we participate]

    2. Tall Buildings and streetscape issues on the streets on the five routes and two boroughs which form part of the gyratory in question
    [streetscape]

    3. Evidence basis for review and (re)design / regeneration of pedestrian facilities and public realm on sixteen junctions and twelve roads and streets forming parts of the gyratory system (PERS evidence, TfL Valuing the Urban Realm Toolkit, Manual for Streets 2, etc.)
    [public realm]

    4. Evidence basis of vehicle speeds, modes and volumes in order to balance with pedestrian accessibility on the links and places which are part of the gyratory system
    [balancing link and place]
  • 24 Living Streets KX commented close 17:31 19 Nov 2012
    A Local Campaigner DS came up with these comments
    Were you aware that:
    Kings Cross is one of the most air polluted areas in Europe.
    Children near streets of a volume of 10.000 cars plus have a much higher likelihood to develop asthma and respiratory conditions. Blood tests have revealed that the white blood cells of nursery children in areas such as ours are attempting to fight off toxins that have entered their blood streams via air pollution.

    All those living at Kings Cross are likely to have a shortened life expectancy unless emission levels are lowered.
    The noise and pollution levels are above World Health Organization and European Union norms. Noise over 65 db (at Kings Cross sometimes over 75dB) has been deemed by WHO as detrimental to health
    Several cyclists and pedestrians have been injured or killed in and around Kings Cross over the years.
    The congestion zone and Green Zone of London is not as progressive in some other European cities, even though the pollution is worse.
    London has the worst NOx pollution levels of any city in Europe. At Kings Cross they are even higher than in most parts of towns.
    What could be decided upon:
    More opportunities to cross
    20 miles/h zone for all of Kings Cross, and narrowing of lanes to discourage speeding.
    Two way lanes
    Higher specs on noise of engines that can enter the inner city areas like Kings Cross
    Enforcing Euro 6 car norms on all vehicles as soon as possible which limits No(x) and other pollutants
    Dedicated and safe cycle lanes
    Ensure that all buses that through Kings Cross have the new TfL filters attached, or are Euro 6 Norm.
    Immediate set up of electric charging points for black cab drivers at all Cabbies rest stops so that when the electric black cab comes on the market the infrastructure is there to support it.
    Toughening of environmental standards of what kind of vehicles are allowed in
    Ask big local fleets e.g. to run their entire fleet on second generation bio-fuel (the one that does not compete with crops), hybrid, electric or another alternatives fuels, or in deed use work cycles where feasible and create additional recharging, refueling structures in or near Kings Cross, including many more electric charging points
    Work with employers who still allow employees to come to to work by car. Where a car is essential, increased incentives for greener engines!
    The mayor has announced that all Black Cabs are to be zero carbon by 2020. Prioritization of Kings Cross / St Pancras for any new black cab, such as the electric model being discussed.
    More Hire Bike schema points.
    Clear Deadlines
    YOUR IDEA?
  • 25 Living Streets KX added an updateclose 11:45 07 Feb 2013
    Flawed CCZ consultation - reward for polluters while local area users suffer worsening air quality
  • 26 Living Streets KX commented close 16:24 07 Feb 2013
    A fundamental problem with the Congestion Charging Zone consultation is the emphasis on "drivers" rather than people. Other stakeholders (in environment, noise, air quality, congestion, all which may potentially improve) who are merely breathing or otherwise using the public realm in the CCZ (for walking, cycling, commuting, shopping, resting, playing, living etc) are not valued as equal stakeholders.
    "A street is a highway that has important public realm functions beyond the movement of traffic... most highways in built up areas can be considered as streets " Manual for Street 1 (2007) and Manual for Streets 2 (2010, p.2)
    London (King's Cross) streets are not just for driving, but for living. The current daytime CCZ is inadequate to deter polluting vehicles and this consultation and the revenue collected seem cynical and insignificantly small steps towards improving its effects.
    https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/congestioncharging/
  • 27 Living Streets KX commented close 13:13 08 Apr 2013
    TfL King's Cross has officially acknowledged the Danger Map: http://goo.gl/maps/M3t3U
    kingscrossgyratory@tfl.gov.uk
    Apr 3, 2013
    Dear Mr Cowan
    Thank you for your email.
    We are in the process of developing the objectives for the Kings Cross Gyratory Study, and the detail contained within your email for consideration as part of this process.
    Yours sincerely
    Claire Alleguen
  • 28 Living Streets KX commented close 15:42 03 Jun 2013
    Living Streets has recently sent detailed guidance to both Islington and Camden councils about how to improve the town centre area (which straddles the borough boundary) in the form of a document called "Why Places Matter"
    http://www.livingstreets.org.uk/councils-must-acknowledge-community-voice-says-living-streets
    If TfL (in particular its King's Cross Gyratory Review Consultation Delivery Manager Claire Alleguen) would like a copy of the guidance document, Living Streets will be pleased to provide it to anyone interested and/or responsible.
  • 29 Living Streets KX commented close 17:37 17 Nov 2013
    This is the dismal and vague result of campaigning and TfL “consultation” since 2008:
    http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/projectsandschemes/24344.aspx – 17 July 2013

    “Kings Cross Gyratory Review Objectives”
    “Kings Cross has been identified as a Growth / Opportunity Area as part of the 2011 London Plan. This scheme aims to facilitate this growth by providing for the expected increase in movements, as well as existing needs, through:
    - Improved safety for all road users, in particular pedestrian and cyclists
    - Better balancing of the impact of traffic with the need to create an improved place to live, work and visit
    - Improved cycle movement and facilities
    - Improved pedestrian movements, particularly for public transport interchange and access to and from the mainline stations
    - Comparable bus journey times, services and infrastructure
    - Appropriate provision for taxis, private hire vehicles, servicing and freight
    - Retention of journey time reliability and capacity on the Inner Ring Road
    - Ensuring suitable provision for coaches and tour buses
    - Improved environment and urban realm
    NB* These are in no particular order”