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The original bridge. The 2004 Planning Brief Camden and Islington Joint Community Planning Brief 2003/4 page 59 3.3.20. A pedestrian and cycle bridge.

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1 The original bridge

2 The 2004 Planning Brief Camden and Islington Joint Community Planning Brief 2003/4 page A pedestrian and cycle bridge over the ECML tracks is considered important, aligned with Wharfdale Road and providing a clear link into the main north-south axis, and on to Pancras Road. page The railway lands currently present a barrier to east-west movement. Major developments must address this as a fundamental part of any masterplan proposals. The councils expect to see easy and safe routes through the Area and the Triangle, opening up and signposting links across the Area and the Triangle and making York Way more attractive Development at King's Cross should contribute to a new, high quality public realm, connecting surrounding areas firmly and positively, and softening the transition between established and new. The main elements are paving, lighting, street furniture, hard and soft landscaping treatments and other fittings, bridge improvements and signage, to create attractive and safe places that encourage the free flow of people to and from new developments. page Physical integration through improved linkages with the surrounding area is visually and psychologically very important, to encourage and underpin the commercial, economic and social investment that will settle the new part of London into the city. This will improve the sustainability of surrounding areas and spread the benefits more widely. An inward looking new development will fail to meet regeneration objectives.

3 The Argent scheme

4 Euston Library St Pancras Station Access King’s Cross This area will be a building site until at least 2012 The new Western Concourse. This will be the only entrance to the station Wharfdale Road/York Way entrance will close in Spring 2009 The Euston Road entrance will be restored to the original brick frontage and will be exit only. Pedestrian and cyclist route into the station Items marked on maps are approximate in scale and location. Additions and corrections welcome:

5 Euston Library St Pancras Station Access 2012 onwards King’s Cross Items marked on maps are approximate in scale and location. Additions and corrections welcome: The new Western Concourse. The only entrance to the Station Buildings on the new Boulevard The Euston Road entrance will be restored to the original brick frontage and will be exit only

6 The immediate community The area within a half mile radius of King’s Cross Station is very densely populated, and contains large and small businesses employing thousands of people. It is an area people travel to for a range of leisure and recreational purposes especially the many pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants here. As an example, the small area of King’s Cross marked includes 17,000 residents as well as: Items marked on maps are approximate in scale and location. Additions and corrections welcome: 100’s of small and large businesses employing at least 3000 people eg: Macmillan Press Phaidon Gratte Brothers Eurostar National Council for Voluntary Organisations and soon… The Guardian and Network Rail Restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs Schools, nurseries and playgroups Major cultural institutions eg: King’s Place Canal Museum Crafts Council London Dance Studio Caledonian Road major shopping and leisure corridor, very dense housing, ’town centre’ The Cally sports centre and pool Nido student accommodation home to over 1000 residents Health centres

7 Euston Library St Pancras King’s Cross The wider community The wider community faces many barriers in accessing King’s Cross Station. Only one bus route travels north on York Way. Buses have to use the King’s Cross Gyratory system, most passengers prefer to alight on Wharfdale Road and walk to the station from there rather than facing the frustration of traffic congestion on the Gyratory. Goodsway does not have a single satisfactory pedestrian crossing, and two that are potentially dangerous. Once construction on the Argent site begins, it will be in the middle of a building site with constant heavy construction traffic. When completed, Goodsway will be home to office blocks vacated in the evenings, once again becoming a lonely place to walk after dark. Camley Street is an alternative route to the station from Maiden Lane Estate. A large section of the street is an industrial estate, a lonely place to walk during the day and scary after dark. The crossing from Camley Street to Pancras Road is unsatisfactory. Despite continuous attempts by the community to get it improved, this is unlikely to happen as taxis travelling to St Pancras International receive priority. Items marked on maps are approximate in scale and location. Additions and corrections welcome: Market Estate Maiden Lane EstateIndustrial estate Bemerton EstateIslington Tennis Centre Priory Green EstateFreightliners Farm Barnsbury EstatePentonville Prison Caledonian EstateUnsatisfactory pedestrian crossings

8 Euston Library King’s Cross Walking and cycling routes Items marked on maps are approximate in scale and location. Additions and corrections welcome: St Pancras Existing walking and cycling routes The Wharfdale Rd/Battlebridge Rd link the community want built

9 Battlebridge Crossing Bridge designers out there – what an opportunity to create what will be a much loved bridge. This is your chance to create the most beautiful foot and cycle bridge in London.


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