The Tottenham Hale gyratory is a relic of the past and going back to two-way would make simple common sense
Transport for London (TfL) has begun detailed design work for the Tottenham Hale improvement scheme, after 80 per cent of people who responded to a public consultation supported plans to remove the gyratory system.
The scheme, which will begin in autumn 2012 and take 18 months to complete, would remove the one-way system, restore two-way traffic in the area and provide better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. A larger bus station and a new public square would also be created at Tottenham Hale station.
More convenient bus stops, particularly at Seven Sisters station, and improved access to properties for residents and businesses will also be installed as part of the scheme, which will make a major contribution to the continued regeneration of the area.
The improvements contribute to the Mayor's 'Better Streets' strategy for the Capital. This outlines plans to revitalise London's network of streets, paths, passages, broadways, squares and other paved spaces in a bid to encourage people to walk and cycle and breathe life into densely populated areas.
Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor of London's Transport Advisor, said: 'The Tottenham Hale gyratory is a relic of the past and going back to two-way would make simple common sense.
'It should greatly smooth the flow of traffic through the area and contribute to the Mayor's aim of making London's streets more attractive and life easier for road users.'
In light of feedback from the consultation, which was held during November 2009, TfL has made some minor changes to the proposals.
These include allowing lorries to continue turning left from Markfield Road into Broad Lane, and reviewing the proposed cycling facilities around the scheme to ensure they are adequate for demand.
Dick Halle, Director of Strategy at TfL, said: 'As well as removing the current gyratory system, TfL's improvement plans for Tottenham Hale will also create a new public square, a new bus interchange and a safer environment for pedestrians, cyclists, road users and the local community.
'More than three quarters of local residents who responded have said they were in favour of the scheme and we are now working on detailed designs, based on the feedback from the consultation, so we can start work on the scheme in autumn 2012.'
Advance works will begin later this year.
The results of the consultation, as well as TfL's responses to the most common issues raised, are available to view at www.tfl.gov.uk/tottenhamhalescheme.
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