Plans have been revealed to turn Old Street roundabout into a pedestrianised square.
If the new proposals go ahead, the north-western part of the roundabout will be paved over and there will be a central tree-lined walkway. Plus, five pedestrian crossings will be added and the station will get a new entrance where the island is currently. There’ll also be both cycle-friendly traffic signals and separate cycle lanes.
Part of a £4 billion road modernisation strategy, it’s hoped the redesign will be safer for cyclists and walkers.
Boris Johnson says: ‘These plans will dramatically improve safety for the thousands of cyclists and pedestrians using the junction, and also make it easier to access Tech City, which continues to nurture upcoming technology and creative talent from around the world.’
The plans have received a mixed reception from cycling groups who don’t think enough has been done to make the roundabout safer. Donnachadh McCarthy from Stop Killing cyclists says: ‘It is inexplicable that 50 percent of the left-hand turns and the northern-side City Road cycle lane remain unsegregated.’
The plans won’t be confirmed until January 11 2015.