Two miles of one-way streets in Tottenham Hale to return to two-way
photo The Tottenham Hale scheme will return over two miles of one-way streets to two way
Works have started on the A10 High Road, Haringey, which will return streets to two-way traffic, though campaigners say no enough is being done to encourage walking and cycling.
The removal of the gyratory comes after years of lobbying by cyclist and walking organisations who argue that London's multi-lane one-way systems are detrimental to the safety and enjoyment of anyone not using motorised transport.
The initial works will upgrade footways, clear street clutter and plant larger trees, and will be completed in the summer of 2011.
LCC's Mike Cavenett said, "We welcome the demise of London's gyratories, but unfortunately high volumes of motor traffic will still have a hugely detrimental effect on people who live and work in the area.
"Having five lanes in the High Road and mostly five lanes on Monument Way will do little to encourage people to walk or cycle."
"The plans show several segregated cycle lanes, but they look disjointed and narrow, so aren't likely to encourage mass cycling."
The £35 million improvements are being funded by by Transport for London, the London Borough of Haringey, and the Homes and Communities Agency, along with local developer contributions.
Work on removing the gyratory system will start in autumn 2012, timed to start after the Olympics, and will also see the construction of a larger bus station and a new public square at Tottenham Hale station, with completion for the whole project in 2015.
Maps of the improvements can be found at www.tfl.gov.uk/tottenhamhalescheme.