Sunday 14 July 2013 11.21am
The implications of the plans unveiled on 10 July 2013 are sinking in. The muppets at TfL with their cheer leaders of Boris, Peter and Fiona have actually managed to increase the length of the inner ring road for westbound traffic, they've concocted a plan that will mean more traffic spends longer at the Elephant and Castle, with more of it trundling closer to the two residential blocks of Metro Central Heights and Perronet House
The peninsula is the key problem. This plan dates from a time when not only was 30% of the traffic not going to be passing through here due to new trams and new bypass roads, but a time when the peninsula actually went somewhere, to a vast pedestrian space linking to the Walworth Road
through what is now the shopping centre. Instead as proposed it:
- Adds a dog leg to the inner ring road
- Cuts off passing pedestrian traffic from the basement of the shopping centre (will retailers down there welcome this?)
- Creates vast two way motorways at the foot of Metro Central Heights and Perronet House
, of up to six lanes.
A better plan would create a space of equivalent size of the peninsula below the road there linking the new underground station to the basement of the shopping centre, thereby preserving the most direct route for the ring road.
Ideally another portion of the roundabout could be peninsularised creating a space that wasn't a massive thoroughfare for underground passengers but could actually provide a newer amenity.
I have campaigned for saving subways for a while. These plans make it even clearer that the pressure for space here requires us to make good use of subway space if we're to avoid some really nasty consequences for all users.
The new plans are impressive for having moved the tube station, far more audacious than what was shared last August. But given this bold engineering is possible, surely a more imaginative use of the land is possible too which does not increase the ring road?
I continue to try to www.saveoursubways.org
Please sign up and share ideas about how to improve the plans for the roundabout.