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Tell TFL you care about them shelving transformative 2016 plans for Kings Cross

5 Dec

A petition has been started to request that TFL and the Mayor of London keep alive extensive 2016-plans that would have transformed the Kings Cross gyratory into a safer, healthier and better environment. Most Kings Cross residents approved the plans in a consultation in 2016. We wanted it all, and we still want it! (Click here to support the vision)

One of the impressions of the transformation published in 2016

The plans were crafted after several people had died on our roads and much lobbying by Boris Johnson when he was still London Mayor.

Sadiq Khan has promised to upkeep the plans, subject to funding, but no funding to support the vision has been available five years on. Now TFL wants to change a few junctions only. In 2020 TFL quietly shelved the transformative vision for Kings Cross.

The fatalities that are not that long ago seems to be forgotten, bit only in November 2021, this year, a serious collision between a bus and cyclist reminded all what is at stake, when safety investments over a plan that already went through planning and consultation stages, based on the recognition and study of all identified shortcomings of the Kings Cross roads are withheld. Alongside the fact that Kings Cross roads were and still are amongst the more polluting streets of London, at one stage amongst the highest in London and by implication in teh UK and Europe. Money was spent already over these plans. By shelving them, TFL is in fact admitting that they have been wasting public money.

Those who called for and drafted the 2016 vision were however right. Millions cross through Kings Cross whilst people also live here, many have families with children, some are elderly. Some cross major roads just to go grocery shopping or to school. The Kings Cross gyratory may also be the first bit of London people travelling to London from the North of Europe will experience. It is where the best British traffic and road management should be showcased rather than a solution crafted out of shoestrings.

Acton Street would have seen an extra cycle lane and general calming, whilst other streets would have become slow-moving two-way streets, overhauling all crossings and junctions.

Even if money is in short supply, Kings Cross deserves a full holistic vision that addresses the shortcomings of the one-way gyratory system once and for all.

You can show you care but adding your name to this petition. Click here:

Meet Camden’s Waste Collection Manager on Mo 14.9.2020

9 Sep

Camden’s Senior Area Monitoring Officer Manager Fraser Valdez and the Manager of the Collection Service will be on Acton Street on Monday 14th of September 2020 at 11.00 am to learn more about the waste in the area. To meet them and share your experiences simply come to Acton Street at that time.

Car Speeds in Acton Street, Swinton Street, Kings Cross Road and the rest of the gyratory

3 Sep

Daniel from Acton Street has asked councillors and TfL to look into the question of the outstanding changes, in order to calm and humanize streets affected by the decades old gyratory system.

A consultation in 2016 suggested several changes, but so far, they were not implemented, with the argument that it could not be done due to HS2 construction. Amongst others some of our streets were to become emergency parking lots for HS2 construction site lorries.

Meanwhile traffic has been slowed to 20 Miles an hour on the Southern edge of Kings Cross Road, but not elsewhere. Changes were also implemented in relation to the cycle path link from Farringdon up to St. Pancras and the Tavistock Place cycle lanes. But on the main roads of the gyratory, motor traffic continues unchanged to often exceed the existing 30 miles speed limit, such as on Kings Cross Road, Pentonville Road, Acton Street and Swinton Street, with stretches used by some for brief bouts of speeding, regardless of the fact that in some of the streets residents live, amongst them children and elderly persons. The width and straightness of parts of the streets attracts drivers and riders to do so.

During the pandemic the mayor of London has taken some unexpected traffic reducing and calming steps across London including in Camden, but the gyratory system has been left almost untouched, in spite of the consultation and ready to implement suggestions by TfL itself.

TfL has now been asked why Kings Cross residents have to continue to wait for the smallest of all improvements, an extension of the 20 miles speed limit in this very built up area,where there there are many people also on their feet and bikes. The question will also be posed by AM Andrew Dismore to the mayor, most likely in an assembly session in October 2020.

The Islington councillor Paul Convey, also supports the asking of these questions, given the more recent changes on streets such as Euston Road.

On the positive side, Chris Gardener, who is Camden’s responsible officer for the electric vehicle charging point infrastructure, has written to Daniel, that Acton Street may receive an extra fast charging point on the Southern side of the Street. It is not a guarantee, but a need has been recognised. The lanterns on the streets at Kings Cross are apparently mostly unsuitable for the slower charging points. New EV charging points on the Camden side get currently erected in accordance to need and demand. There are more charging points at the moment in the Islington administered zones near Kings Cross than in the Camden zones.

Waste Policy – Flower /Plants Thefts

20 Aug

There has been another meeting with a senior officer of Camden Environment and local residents on Waste disposal in Acton Street. Results are pending, the notes from the resident’s perspective can be read here.

In the last weeks flower theft occurred on Acton Street, where first roses and then sun flowers were torn out of their flower beds late at night or early morning.

Sign up to Kings Cross Forum

5 Mar

This is letter from the Kings Cross Forum : http://kingscrossneighbourhoodforum.com/2013/03/05/neighbourhood-forum-danger/

The changes do not affect Acton and Swinton Street, except you should sign up with the Kings Cross Neighbourhood Forum if you have not already and encourage others do do so!

Dear KX Fans, members, signatories and supporters (you should be members by now!!)

The political pressure is on to reduce the proposed boundaries of The Neighbourhood Forum FOR KINGS CROSS…
We have tentatively taken the advice of Islington Council not to include the ‘Cally Team’ area north of the canal formerly our northeastern area up to York Way, and also a pocket south of Pentonville Road – formerly the southeastern corner of our reach, up to Penton Rise and Kings Cross Road, and down to Percy Circus.
A decision and clarification has yet to be included in the amended application for the area to the north of Pentonville Road – the King’s Cross Ten Estates area – from the lower Caledonian Road to Penton/Rodney and Muriel Streets and to the south of the canal.

English: Grays Inn Road, King's Cross Traffic ...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

LET US KNOW IF YOU WANT TO BE PART OF THE KX NEIGHBOURHOOD – WHERE DO YOU LIVE OR WORK? The intention of a Neighbourhood Forum under the Localism Act is simply to be legalised where no Parish Council exists and thereby become the vehicle for the Neighbourhood Plan – an important new opportunity for local folk, those who reside or draw business in that area, to bring local, site specific ideals and innovation together in planning. There is no limit to its size laid down in the Localism Act. (see Neighbourhood Planning for more info)Democracy and effectiveness is surely lost if we are ‘diminished’ from an EXTRAORDINARY AREA LIKE KINGS CROSS, in order to suit Local Authority manageable aims – or are we just being too cynical???
I want to be sure we are representing everyone and are including the broad range of citizens that dwell and work in what has been outlined as ‘Our KX’ – I do not want to feel any dis-service has been made by the steering team* towards the locals in our voluntary roles as stewards of this project for the wider community. YOU NEED TO LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK!GET IN TOUCH NOW!
On Facebook/Twitter/Email via this website or personally to me in reply/Make comment below/Attend the NEXT MEETING on Thurs March 7th…


The Impact
Without a committee and pan-KX representatives at this critical stage the project may, sadly, be over… If you can help in even the smallest way….come along on Thursday – it looks like we will be having a discussion around various solutions. If you cannot make it – let me know and, as ever, I will take your views forward. Do your bit in spreading the word and urging neighbours, colleagues, community group members and the like, to join. Put info on your own website with a link to this important community facility.

with such a large and vibrant community in King’s Cross, there should be 100′s vying to become Chair of such an important project, or desperate to take the honour of Secretary. Remember Planning affects everyone’s lives everyday! In an ideal situation, we would have a huge publicity campaign going, but it seems until we have legalised status many are laid-back in approach when they should help get the ball rolling. One day you might need to draw issues to your neighbourhood forum & plan and it simply won’t be there unless you support it at this crucial stage! Zannthie, Chair (for one more month – come on King’s Cross, its over to you)

*(we are only the ‘steering team’ because we came together with a common interest and commitment – anyone welcome! See About Us)