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LSBU plans 2 million makeover for Keyworth Street

Plans to turn Keyworth Street into a more pleasant environment for pedestrians and cyclists have been approved by councillors.

LSBU plans 2 million makeover for Keyworth Street
The northern end of Keyworth Street will be closed to motor vehicles and parking spaces removed

Borough, Bankside & Walworth Community Council this week endorsed plans by London South Bank University to reorganise and improve the streets which run through the middle of its campus.

The university has provided Southwark Council with up to 2 million for the works in Keyworth Street and Thomas Doyle Street.

The northern section of Keyworth Street between Borough Road and Thomas Doyle Street will be closed to motor traffic.

Keyworth Street will remain open for southbound traffic between Thomas Doyle Street and Ontario Street but a new 'meandering' road layout will encourage drivers to travel more slowly.

Cyclists will be able to use the whole length of the street in both directions, and there will be new cycle parking. The gates at the Borough Road junction will be removed and replaced with a raised table.

The scheme also includes new trees, 'feature seating' and 'architectural lighting'.

The design will allow the street to be used for occasional events.

In 2007 the university covered the street in grass for its village fete.

Following this week's decision by the community council a statutory consultation on changes to the road layout will be held before the scheme is implemented.

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