Evidence supporting the decision not to progress the crossroads option at the junction of Old Street and City Road

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Dear Transport for London,

Please release any reports containing evidence upon which your decision not to progress the crossroads option at the junction of Old Street and City Road was based.

Yours faithfully,

Trevor Parsons
Chair, Hackney Cycling Campaign

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Parsons

 

Our ref:  FOI-0748-1415

 

Thank you for your email received on 7 August 2014 asking for any reports
containing evidence upon which the decision not to progress the crossroads
option at the junction of Old Street and City Road was based.

 

Your request will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the
Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. 

 

A response will be provided to you by 5 September 2014.

 

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please
do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Graham Hurt

FOI Case Officer

 

FOI Case Management Team | Transport for London

Windsor House, 42-50 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL

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Dear Mr Parsons

Our ref:  FOI-0748-1415

Thank you for your email received on 7 August 2014 asking for any reports
containing evidence upon which the decision not to progress the crossroads
option at the junction of Old Street and City Road was based.

Your request is being considered under the terms of the Environmental
Information Regulations (EIRs).

 

Unfortunately we will be unable to resolve your request within the initial
statutory 20 working day deadline. Our response is currently going through
the last stages of our approval process and we hope to be able to send it
to you soon. In accordance with the EIRs we have had to extend the
deadline for providing a response to 40 working days from the date we
received your request. The amended date for a final response is now 2
October 2014. We are working hard to ensure that you receive a response
before this date. 

 

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If you are not satisfied with this response, please read the attached
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Yours sincerely

 

Graham Hurt

FOI Case Officer

 

FOI Case Management Team | Transport for London

Windsor House, 42-50 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL

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Dear Mr Parsons

Our ref:  FOI-0748-1415

Thank you for your email received on 7 August 2014 asking for any reports
containing evidence upon which the decision not to progress the crossroads
option at the junction of Old Street and City Road was based.

Your request has been considered under the requirements of the
Environmental Information Regulations and our information access policy. I
can confirm that we do hold the information you require.

The Old Street roundabout project seeks to remove the one-way operation of
the existing signalised roundabout in order to improve the cycle and
pedestrian facilities, reduce collisions (particularly cycle related), and
enhance the urban realm. The project also aims to improve access to Old
Street station via surface-level pedestrian crossings and contribute to
the growth of the area.

When developing options to deliver improvements to the road network, we
carefully considered introducing a crossroads layout.  Design options were
presented at two Design Review Group meetings which were attended by
relevant borough officers, Met Police and representatives from stakeholder
groups including LCC, Sustrans and Living Streets. It is accepted by TfL
that the design option introducing a crossroads layout is preferred by LCC
however, the group consensus was not to progress with this option for the
following reasons:

·     A crossroads arrangement could conflict with the location of two
lift-shafts required for the potential London Underground station upgrade,
currently planned to commence circa 2020, which would make the station
step-free for passengers. It may also restrict the opportunities to
deliver capacity improvements to the station, such as an enlarged ticket
hall and improved access to the Northern line platforms.

·         Introducing a crossroads at Old Street Roundabout would have
significant impact for traffic capacity in the area.  In order to provide
sufficient capacity the junction would need to be very large, thereby
increasing severance and decreasing the quality of the local environment.

·    A crossroads arrangement would necessitate staggered pedestrian
crossings (rather than straight crossings) and would increase journey
times for cyclists through the junction.

·    A large crossroads layout would retain much of the existing
sub-surface pedestrian environment, which suffers from anti-social
behaviour and poor ambience.

·    We wish to contribute towards Old Street becoming a better place for
people to visit by substantially improving the urban realm which we
believe could not be achieved to the same extent if we were to create a
large, four arm, multi lane crossroads. 

In support of our decision not to progress the crossroads option, please
find attached a report and the minutes from the two Design Review Group
meetings at which the Old Street Roundabout project was presented.  Please
note that any information not specifically pertaining to the Old Street
project has been redacted.

Finally, I would like to highlight that we propose to consult on this
scheme by spring 2015 and would very much welcome any comments you have on
our proposals.  Please visit our website at
[1]http://www.tfl.gov.uk/travel-information...
to follow the latest developments.

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable
to access it for some reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

If you are not satisfied with this response please see the attached
information sheet for details of your right to appeal.

Yours sincerely

Graham Hurt

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team | Transport for London

Windsor House, 42-50 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL

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