Elephant and Castle roundabout to be "transformed", but missed opportunity at Euston Circus junction

Elephant and Castle graphic

The London Cycling Campaign welcomes Transport for London's promise to "transform" the horrendous Elephant and Castle roundabout, but says the junction design must be much better than the new Euston Circus redevelopment.

TfL has today announced how it is going to spend the £4 billion allocated in it's budget for major new road developments, with the redevelopment of Elephant and Castle among the most eye-catching of the new projects (see the graphic above).

This news follows hot on the heels of the announcement last week, also welcomed by LCC, that £300 million will be spent on making 33 of the nastiest junctions in London safer for cycling, in line with the best cycling design standards seen internationally.

Responding to today's announcement, LCC Chief Executive Ashok Sinha said:

"The Elephant and Castle is a terrible place for cycling and walking, and totally out of tune with what a modern town centre in a world-class city should be like.

"It's fantastic news that it is going to be redeveloped, and a golden opportunity for the Mayor to show he really means it when he says he wants the capital to be second to none for getting about by bike."

Today's statement from TfL also includes announcing the completion of the junction redevelopment at Euston Circus (see below).

Unfortunately, while intentions are good at Euston, delivery on the ground at this location falls short of the international quality standards local campaigners have been calling for.

In particular, the use of ASLs at a very busy junction like this is no substitute for measures such as protected lanes alongside separate traffic light phases for cyclists and motor vehicles.

We're calling on the Mayor to make sure the new schemes at Elephant and Castle and other major junctions provide genuine protected space for cycling in order to 'design out' the risk of collisions, and ensure safe and inviting conditions for anyone to cycle.

Euston Circus - before and after