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Urban64® keeps cyclists and pedestrians safe during transformation of Old Street Roundabout

Urban64® keeps cyclists and pedestrians safe during transformation of Old Street Roundabout

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ChallengeThe challenge

Safety around the Old Street station has been of some concern to Islington and Hackney Councils and Transport for London (TfL) for some time. The roundabout was a collision hot spot and with cyclists making up almost a third of all vehicles, most accidents involved cyclists or pedestrians. With four subways to access Old Street station there was also concern for public safety, particularly at night.

Following a period of consultation plans were agreed to close the north-western arm of the roundabout, creating a new peninsula space with the existing central-island and introducing a two-way signal controlled layout. New cycle lanes and crossings would be created, some segregated from vehicles with cycle-only signals. To improve pedestrian conditions, one of the subways would be closed to create greater footway space and new pedestrian crossings.

SolutionThe solution

Morgan Sindall was appointed as contractor and Blue Arrow as traffic management contractor on this high profile, complex project.

With this long duration project, SRL’s Urban64® system was chosen as the best temporary solution during the construction phases.

We were delighted to bring Urban64® to this project and work alongside TfL, Morgan Sindall, Blue Arrow Traffic Management and Red Wilson Associates. Our combined design and technical expertise and experience working on temporary systems were invaluable. It was exciting to be able to fully utilise Urban64® unique features of incorporating cycle phases and signals into a temporary system, and to see it working so successfully.

John Cleary

Managing Director of Urban64® at SRL

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