The transformation of Old Street roundabout and surrounding areas in London will help to transform the safety record in the area.
Set for completion at the end of next year, the work will see a switch to two-way traffic at the roundabout, to remove the dangerous and outdated structure from the 1960s.
Roads in the area will be replaced by Transport for London (TfL), and this particular junction has one of the worst safety records in the capital; in its place, there will be roads that are more welcoming to pedestrians, cyclists and those using public transport.
The northwest arm of the Old Street roundabout will be permanently closed to all traffic, with new public space created instead that provides improved walking and cycling access to Old Street station.
Segregated cycle lanes will be introduced in due course along the new junction, along with new pedestrian crossings.
Nick Fairholme, TfL’s Director of Project and Programme Delivery, commented: “Our work at Old Street will transform journeys for thousands of people in the area and make it much easier and safer to walk, cycle and use public transport.
“The switch to two-way traffic is a major milestone for the scheme.”
It is yet more evidence of the capital’s commitment to eradicating collisions that cause deaths and serious injuries on London’s roads.
Through the Vision Zero commitment, the Mayor and TfL are working to eradicate those collisions by 2041, with initiatives such as Direct Vision Standard also set to help.
A major strategy is identifying junctions where collisions, injuries or worse occur, and the transformation of the Old Street roundabout will bring greater safety to vulnerable road users.
Kevin O’Leary, Islington Council’s Corporate Director of Environment, added: “We’re working with the Mayor of London, TfL and Hackney to transform the outdated Old Street junction to give more priority to people instead of vehicles, creating a much better environment for pedestrians and cyclists.”