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 actually creating congestion. Civil servant Ben Plowden and our Mayor have an agenda to skew TfL into being a maker and marketer of places not a faciltator of movement and healthy living which is a secondary relic of their historic function. Where pedestrian safety is now good it will deteriorate in the pursuit of superficial press-release-friendly and developer-brochure-friendly spectacle. TfL forecast increased congestion for all users. Leafy space will be replaced by an enlarged ring road of up to 8 lanes of traffic. 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 almost entirely been ignored too. Ben Plowden hopes employing architects WWM will turn the pedestrian space adjacent to this seething congestion into a nice "place to be". History will judge him as poorly as they judge the designers of the 1959 scheme we see today for making a space unsuitable to all but the most car-like of cyclists.

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.

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


Transport for London Proposals August 2014 Elephant and Castle