Elephant and Castle Roundabout

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In 2015 Transport for London will be making a bad junction even worse. They have willfully ignored the facts and perpetuated misperceptions in pursuit of their dogmatic preoccupation with creating places to linger (and be stuck in congestion) rather than flow through safely and pleasantly. Civil servant Ben Plowden and our Mayor with backing from Southwark's Labour Council have an agenda to make Transport for London a maker and marketer of places more than a faciltator of pleasant, efficient movement around the capital. Pedestrian safety will deteriorate in the pursuit of superficial developer-brochure-friendly spectacle. The ring road will be enlarged to up to 8 lanes of traffic. TfL forecast increased congestion for all users. Risk taking behaviour will increase as users are frustrated by delays. Pedestrians will be forced to cross at surface level rather than use the efficient subways which, despite their neglected condition, are much safer than surface level - so say the Met Police crime figures - and faster than what is proposed. Cycle campaigners have almost entirely been ignored too. Two mature plane trees on the roundabout will be felled. Architects Witherford Watson Man are dressing up the new proposal with orchards and high maitenance greenery despite TfL's track record of neglecting the landscape here. Ironically some of their inspiration comes from the very guerrilla gardens we have created at the Elephant and Castle in the wake of official neglect! You can comment on the landscaping proposals TfL's here until 22 December 2014 - we recommend you e-mail your comments rather than complete TfL's poorly written, manipulative tick box survey.

Since 2012 this campaign has been challenging TfL's proposals, fighting propaganda, push polls and publicity budgets from their backers the Mayor of London, Southwark's Labour led Council and leading developers Lend Lease and Delancey. Despite finding like-minded support in many local residents, commuters, Tenants & Residents Associations, our local Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes and the Southwark Lib Dem councillors our campaign has failed - TfL's revised proposal makes the road even bigger and the cycle and pedestrian provision even less!

Our sole victory is saving three trees on London Road and potentially having one subway reused for a retail space.

Read TfL's detailed (but still artfully manipulative) consultation report.


Transport for London Proposals August 2014 Elephant and Castle