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Old Posted Jan 29, 2017, 12:08 AM
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Seems like they should go one more stop to Clapham Junction.


Clapham Junction next for Northern Line says London Assembly member

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- The UK’s busiest station is not connected to London Underground, but with the planned extension of the Northerrn line to Battersea, discussions are under way to create a huge transport hub at Clapham Junction.

- The first is a ‘phase two Northern line extension’, which would see the new tunnel extended further to reach the Battersea interchange. “We are also pressing for the proposed Crossrail 2 tunnel to include a stop at Clapham Junction and have asked TfL to consider how this new underground line would connect with the Northern line extension.

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As I recall it, the reason the new extension doesn't go via Vauxhall is to prevent even more pressure on both Victoria Station and on parts of the Northern Line. I.e. these lines/stations are already very much at/near capacity.
With Crossrail2 in the works, having the new branch of the Nothern line go to Clapham Junction makes sense tho.

Looking at google maps I'm thinking it'd kinda make sense to extend the other branch one station so it would end on an interchange at Morden South. I guess the line is crowded as is and the area is too low density to warrant such an investment tho. I guess we'll see how it all goes after the Camden Station re-build that will hopefully give that station large enough capacity for transfers that the Northern line can be split and thus have a set up that allows for more trains and more operational stability.
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Iconic London Tube Logo, Map to Be Licensed for Global Branding

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Transport for London announced an agreement to license its Tube logo and map for use on clothing, toys and homeware around the globe, amid pressure to find new sources of revenue. The five-year deal with TSBA Group will see the brand licensing company paid through royalties rather than any direct payment from TfL, according to an emailed statement Tuesday.

- In its budget published at the end of March, the net cost of operating the network for the 2016-2017 financial year was forecast to be 907 million pounds ($1.17 billion). The organization currently generates just under half a million pounds in licensing revenue per year, a TfL spokeswoman said by phone, declining to comment on how much revenue the new deal could yield. In December, London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s TfL Business Plan said the organization must generate new revenue streams if it is to remain affordable. A spokesman for Khan did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Crossrail
The BBC have released two episodes of the second series of The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway discussing the latest developments of the Crossrail project.

The first episode in series two follows workers as they complete 26 miles of tunnels, install permanent track under the Barbican, construct the new ticket hall at Whitechapel and welcome Her Majesty the Queen to Bond Street. The episode also follows archaeologists as they uncover a Roman road at Liverpool Street.

Episode two looks at the construction of the new stations at Tottenham Court Road and Paddington, the design heritage of London’s transport network and visits Bombardier Transportation in Derby with Transport for London where the new state-of-the art Elizabeth line trains are being manufactured.


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Shenfield Station
Works have now completed on expanding the capacity of the north-eastern terminus of Crossrail at Shenfield. A new platform (6) has been added to the station, whilst platform 5 has been lengthened. The approach tracks, signals and overhead power cables were rebuilt, and three new carriage sidings were constructed to manage trains starting and ending their service on the line.


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Crossrail to Heathrow Terminal 5
Crossrail was originally planned to serve just two of the three stations at Heathrow: Terminals 2 & 3, and Terminal 4, replacing the current Heathrow Connect service to runs into London Paddington. Crossrail would not have run to Terminal 5 (served by the Heathrow Express and Piccadilly Line), but that has now changed with Crossrail now officially due to call at Terminal 5, as visible in the following new map diagram. Of the six Crossrail trains that will run on the Heathrow branch, 4tph will run to Terminal 4, and 2tph will run to Terminal 5. The frequency of Crossrail trains stopping at Ealing Broadway, Southall and Hayes & Harlington will also increase.


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25% Increase to Off-Peak Services
Prior to the above news, the service pattern through the core tunnel section was 24tph peak, and 16tph off-peak. It has now been announced that the off-peak service will be boosted by 25% to 20tph. Of the additional four off-peak trains, two will run from Paddington to Shenfield, and a further two will run between Paddington and Abbey Wood. You are now guaranteed a Crossrail train every 150-180 seconds throughout the day. Additional trains have been ordered to facilitate the enhanced service. Source: http://www.crossrail.co.uk/news/arti...elizabeth-line

Another announcement made was an increase in frequency on the Reading branch. 6tph will run to Maidenhead, whilst 4tph will carry on to Reading.

Crossrail Trains
Whilst work on the Crossrail tunnels and station fitout continues, the first commercial operation of Crossrail trains has commenced on the Liverpool Street to Shenfield stretch of the Crossrail route. Initially seven carriages long, they will be extended to nine carriages from 2019. As well as being air-conditioned, they are walk-through, have intelligent lighting and temperature control, and capacity for 1,500 people. Further details : http://www.crossrail.co.uk/news/arti...travel-arrives

66 trains had been ordered to operate on the Crossrail route, but with the (above) announcement of higher frequencies and services running to Heathrow Terminal 5, the order has been expanded to 70 new trains.


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Northern Line Extension
The tunnel boring machines to be used on the Northern Line Extension to Battersea have now been lowered into place.

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Camden Town Station Upgrade
One of the busiest tube stations on the network; Camden Town is both a destination (for tourists arriving and departing the markets in the neighbourhood) and an interchange (between the two Northern Line branches). Currently everyone crams into a very small ticket hall and the limited escalator and step-free access creates a significant issue at peak periods. A previous plan a decade ago proposed redeveloping the current station site, but that was thrown out as being unworkable.

TfL have proposed a new plan: the creation of a new far larger ticket hall to the north will triple station capacity, provide step-free access to all four platforms, and increase interchange between the two branches. Once finished, the long-mooted proposal to split the Northern Line into two distinct lines would become a legitimate possibility as the projected crowds interchanging between both lines would be unworkable with the current station layout.


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Holborn Station Upgrade
TfL want to drastically increase capacity at Holborn by building a new ticket hall and extensive new passenger tunnels to ease congestion for all passengers using the Central and Piccadilly lines. The current ticket hall will be rationalised to increase capacity, as well as for the first time, step-free access to all platforms. To further ease congestion, a long disused platform tunnel would be requisitioned as an interchange corridor for passengers changing from the Piccadilly line.


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Victoria Station Upgrade
The new Cardinal Place ticket hall has now opened, creating new access down to the Victoria, Circle & District line platforms.


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Ilford Station Upgrade
Ilford is a station on the Great Eastern Main Line, and the future Crossrail line. Late last year plans were unveiled for its complete redevelopment to cope with the higher passenger volumes. In advance of this rebuild, a disused secondary entrance has been restored and brought back into use.


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Northumberland Park Station Upgrade
Located on the West Anglia Main Line, Northumberland Park is in the process of being rebuilt to accommodate a third track for express services (namely to London Stansted Airport and Cambridge), which will include a new island platform. The project is due to be completed in Autumn 2018.


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Lea Bridge Station
Going back to May last year – I forgot to add that another station opened, this time north of Stratford on Lea Bridge Road. It replaces a formerly disused station (1840-1985) of the same name.


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Waterloo to Reading Line Upgrade
Work has now been completed on extending all of the platforms on the Waterloo to Reading Line to enable 10-carriage train services to run across the entire route.

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South West Trains - New Class 707 Trains
Associated with the above completion to extend platforms on the Waterloo to Reading Line, are the brand new ten carriage class 707 trains; of which 30 are being built in five-carriage formations. They are sister-trains to those manufactured being used on the Thameslink line (class 700) and will be used for services running out of Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside and to Weybridge via Hounslow. Trains that currently serve these routes will be beef up services on the now 10-carriage route out to Reading.

The class 707 trains like their Thameslink counterparts offer detailed train information boards, metro-capacity seating, and walk-through train carriages. Oddly though, despite being brand new, due to a change in the ownership behind the South West Trains franchise, all of the class 707 trains will be ditched in favour of Aventra trains manufactured by Bombardier. They won’t be scrapped, but they will be relocated to other train lines across the UK from 2019.


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South West trains – New Aventra Trains
The new operator behind the South West Trains franchise announced an order for 750 carriages produced by Bombardier, built on their Aventra platform which is the same family of trains running on Crossrail. There will be 60 ten-carriage trains, and 30 five-carriage trains.

As mentioned above, the operator intends to replace the brand-new class 707 trains, as well as replace its fleet of class 455, 456 and 458; built between 1982-1985, 1990-1991, and 2013-2016 respectively. Replacing the entire suburban commuter fleet with one makes a lot of sense from an operation perspective, they will also be far easier to maintain, and are cheaper than the class 707 trains. They will be operating by the end of the decade.


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Paddington Station Upgrade
With construction of the Crossrail station well underway on the western side of the terminus, to the east, the developer behind the Paddington Cube project has unveiled plans for a new ticket hall to provide easier access to the Bakerloo line, as well as the other subterranean lines serving Paddington.


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Waterloo Station Upgrade
Waterloo is the busiest station in the UK and is forecast to experience substantial growth in traffic in the coming years. To tackle this issue, a substantial reworking on the station and the approach tracks is planned.

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Former International Platforms
Platforms 20-24 were initially built back in XXXXXXXXXXX as the original London terminus of Eurostar trains, but were mothballed when Eurostar services relocated to the refurbished St Pancras in XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Works are due to be complete on bringing these back into use this summer, and include a new passenger bridge to the main concourse level, ticket-line, and a new retail concourse (where the old departure lounge was located beneath the tracks).

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Other Work
Platforms 1-4 will be lengthened for 10-carriage trains, but this will require a temporary closure of some of the approach tracks over the Autumn school holiday to enable substantial track remodelling.


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Camberwell Station
Closed since 1964, Camberwell station is one of two disused stations (the other being Walworth Road to the north) on the Thameslink line between Elephant & Castle and Loughborough Junction in south London. The local borough councils, TfL and Network Rail have been progressing various ideas on reopening the station as its opening would ease pressure at neighbourhood stations and provide greater access to new developments in the Camberwell area. Pictures of the disused station and how it once looked can be viewed here: http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/c...ad/index.shtml


Aldgate Gyratory
On the eastern edge of the City, work has been progressing for several months to remove the last part of the much-derided Aldgate Gyratory. In the absence of the one-way system, a new public space has been built


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Waterloo Station Cycle Superhub
With the boom in cycling, TfL are proposing to construct a large cycle hub offering a variety of cycle services as well as parking beneath Waterloo station.


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Night Tube Expansion: London Overground
In the wake of the successful launch of the 24-hour Night Tube – which currently covers the Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines – TfL have announced that 24-hour service will operate on the East London (Overground) Line between New Cross Gate and Dalston Junction this December. A further extension to Highbury & Islington to interchange with the Victoria Line will go live in January 2018.

24-hour service to the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan (the old sub-surface) lines will commence in 2023 when a current modernisation project including new signalling is completed. Crossrail and other routes could follow in future.


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Cambridge North Station
In May, a new station opened to the north of Cambridge to serve suburban areas and the business and science parks associated with the university city. On the Fen line, trains run south to King’s Cross and Liverpool Street, or north to Ely and Norwich.


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Lambeth Bridge
Located to the south of Westminster, both ends of Lambeth Bridge have roundabouts which have proved problematic for cyclists and other road users. TfL are proposing to remove these and make the layout more conducive.

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Waterloo Roundabout
As part of the ongoing work to make major junctions in London cyclist-friendly, the large roundabout outside Waterloo station is being rebuilt


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Oxford Street Bus Changes
With the arrival of Crossrail, and other substantial rail upgrades, TfL are proposing to drastically reduce the number of bus routes that run along Oxford Street, one of the busiest bus corridor in the developed world. TfL and the Mayor of London have an ambition to one day partially or fully pedestrianise Oxford Street, so this would be a first step in that direction.


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Willesden Junction Upgrade
Willesden Junction, located directly on the northern fringe of the giant Old Oak Common development zone is an interchange station for two London Overground lines and the Bakerloo Line. The arrival of the London Overground several years ago led to a significant increase in the number of people who use the station, despite the area being mostly industrial. That increase has however underlined the dilapidated state of the station and the unsatisfactory layout for interchanges between the lines. Options have been presented to rebuild the station to increase capacity.


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As part of an aim to increase walking and distribute passengers away from busy interchanges, TfL have unveiled walking maps measuring the number of steps and minutes between stations on the same line.


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World’s First Ultra-Low Emission Zone
A core part of the Mayor’s proposed Transport Strategy is a dedicated plan to drastically reduce exhaust emissions from vehicles across London. To achieve this, the Mayor has proposed that in September 2020, all vehicles entering Central London that don’t meet strict standards will be charged a levy, in addition to the current Low Emission zone levy and the Congestion Charge fee.


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I was in London last month. The train service is fantastic. It's amazing what London is able to do, especially compared to the mediocrity of NYC (both quality and reliability).
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I was in London last month. The train service is fantastic. It's amazing what London is able to do, especially compared to the mediocrity of NYC (both quality and reliability).
Well London is the central focus of the UK and their political/economic capital. Of course it will have more funding for transport and infrastructure compared to the meager funds NY gets from the government.
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Clapham Junction next for Northern Line says London Assembly member

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Is Clapham Junction really the busiest station in the UK? Surely just for people passing through, not boarding/disembarking?
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Is Clapham Junction really the busiest station in the UK? Surely just for people passing through, not boarding/disembarking?
Yeah, it's the busiest by train movements, not riders, obviously.

Waterloo is busiest station in UK.
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Clapham Junction is the 10th busiest National Rail railway (i.e. not counting tube stations) station in terms of passenger entries and was used by 32.3mn as of the last financial year.

The station does hold two honours; the largest number of interchange passengers (30.4mn), and the highest number of trains running through (a commuter train every 20 seconds at peak). The high figures are down to the station being a junction for a wide array of commuter and intercity lines from the South West and South of England. A majority of trains heading towards London Waterloo and London Victoria – the two busiest National Rail stations in the UK – run through Clapham Junction.

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Following on from the earlier discussion on Clapham Junction, I’ll inject my two pennies. Last Summer, TfL released consultation feedback for their Crossrail 2 proposals, and this was their response to such a proposal:

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11.3.2. Suggestion that the Northern line should be extended to Clapham Junction at the same time as Crossrail 2 to reduce costs and disruption
There are currently no proposals to extend the Northern line from Battersea Power Station to Clapham Junction. Previous work by TfL suggests that if the Northern line were extended to Clapham Junction alone, overcrowding would increase significantly on Northern line trains heading into the West End and the City from Kennington.
Crossrail 2 will provide substantial relief, but the fundamental issue is that as noted in the first two paragraphs, Clapham Junction is a very busy station across the board. Significant developments are planned in the Battersea-Nine Elms-Vauxhall area before the arrival of Crossrail 2, and the number of people using the station has already ballooned dramatically in recent years. There has been some discussion that a potential path towards Clapham Junction should be safeguarded, but I can’t see that happening with the rapid growth in population. It would simply be overwhelmed and nobody would be able to get on further down the line.


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As I recall it, the reason the new extension doesn't go via Vauxhall is to prevent even more pressure on both Victoria Station and on parts of the Northern Line. I.e. these lines/stations are already very much at/near capacity.
With Crossrail2 in the works, having the new branch of the Nothern line go to Clapham Junction makes sense tho.

Looking at google maps I'm thinking it'd kinda make sense to extend the other branch one station so it would end on an interchange at Morden South. I guess the line is crowded as is and the area is too low density to warrant such an investment tho. I guess we'll see how it all goes after the Camden Station re-build that will hopefully give that station large enough capacity for transfers that the Northern line can be split and thus have a set up that allows for more trains and more operational stability.
Vauxhall is already a heavily used station and with the number of skyscrapers planned around the station, adding Northern Line transfers to the mix would be highly problematic. Building the new Nine Elms station further to the west of Vauxhall enables for intensified development south-west of Vauxhall, whilst relieving pressure on Vauxhall station.

TfL have proposed that the Northern Line Extension will operate 30tph, but one of the key developments will be the rebuild of Camden Town on the other side of Central London due in 2024/25. TfL will realistically then be able to completely separate the two Northern Line routes into distinct lines. With that comes drastically reduced potential for conflicts, and the potential to run at higher frequencies of say 36tph or more.

Going beyond Battersea Power station, I would bypass Clapham Junction and building a station in the vicinity of Battersea Bridge Road. The line would then briefly run under the Thames for an interchange station at Imperial Wharf, before heading south for another interchange station at Wandsworth Town. You could either split the line in two, or opt for one route heading south to Earlsfield and beyond, and/or a route towards Roehampton.

As for an extension beyond Morden, Sutton would make a logical destination, it is a junction station for five routes and an important regional centre with no Underground connection. Back in the 1920’s there were plans to run trains along what is now part of the Sutton Loop Line. A physical connection could be cheaply constructed as there is just a 50m gap between Morden depot and the Sutton Loop Line tracks. The primary issue over the Northern Line taking over the line to Sutton is whether you would operate Thameslink trains on the same route or whether to terminate Thameslink services at Morden South. Another option would be to simply carry the line south-east under the A24 towards Epsom.


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Well London is the central focus of the UK and their political/economic capital. Of course it will have more funding for transport and infrastructure compared to the meager funds NY gets from the government.
It’s unfortunately not that simple. London retains just 31% of tax revenues raised, compared to 74% for New York. That means that historically the city has been more reliant on intergovernmental transfers than its international peers and has had far more hurdles to overcome to secure grants and funding from central government. Since 2013, that grant has been reducing year-on-year and having to be offset by levies generated in London. Ideally if London retained a similar share of tax revenues as New York, there would be even more infrastructure projects on the go.
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LONDON (Reuters) - London deemed Uber unfit to run a taxi service on Friday and stripped it of its license to operate from the end of next week in a major blow to the U.S. firm and 3.5 million users in one of the world's wealthiest cities.

The capital's transport regulator said the Silicon Valley technology giant's approach and conduct was not fit and proper to hold a private vehicle hire license and it would not be renewed when it expires on Sept. 30.

Uber [UBER.UL], which has 40,000 drivers working in the capital, said it would contest the decision. Regulator Transport for London (TfL) said it would let Uber operate until the appeals process is exhausted, which could take months . . . .
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^ What a fucking stupid decision. I've already signed the petition in support of Uber, obviously.
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Those Lambeth Bridge design changes that Nito posted above are fucking stupid too. It's way too long of a post to quote (really man, break those up into digestible pieces) but I'm referring to replacing roundabouts with intersections for the sake of cyclists.

Roundabouts are a VASTLY superior traffic management system. They shouldn't be changed because cyclists can't manage to navigate the. London has done way too much to accommodate amateurs on bikes already, and it's making traffic in the city worse and worse.
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^ What a fucking stupid decision. I've already signed the petition in support of Uber, obviously.
Just because they're the most popular ride hailing app, it doesn't mean that they should be above reproach. Concerns have been raised by several entities, including the Metropolitan Police, and Transport for London summarised their concerns for removing the licence as follows:

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- Its approach to reporting serious criminal offences.
- Its approach to how medical certificates are obtained.
- Its approach to how Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are obtained.
- Its approach to explaining the use of Greyball in London - software that could be used to block regulatory bodies from gaining full access to the app and prevent officials from undertaking regulatory or law enforcement duties.
If you want to blame someone; blame Uber. They were given a previous warning to rectify these concerns. They didn't, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that their licence has been revoked. They do have a chance to appeal, but there are competitors who are more than willing to fill the void vacated by Uber. Not that the licence issue is their only concern; Uber faces an employment tribunal appeal this week to define whether Uber drivers are self-employed which could potentially cripple their entire business model in the UK.

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Those Lambeth Bridge design changes that Nito posted above are fucking stupid too. It's way too long of a post to quote (really man, break those up into digestible pieces) but I'm referring to replacing roundabouts with intersections for the sake of cyclists.

Roundabouts are a VASTLY superior traffic management system. They shouldn't be changed because cyclists can't manage to navigate the.
This isn’t for the ”sake of cyclists”, it’s to drastically improve the public realm for all road users, provide a safer environment, and improve journey times. It is an accident hotspot for pedestrians, cyclists, and other vehicle users due to the constricted design of the roundabouts. I have personally used the southern roundabout a dozen times, and have witnessed several incidents (car-pedestrian, car-van, car-bike) which validate TfL’s concerns, especially after several serious accidents which have resulted in fatalities.

Roundabouts make a lot of sense in more suburban locales where they act at reducing traffic speeds, but in denser environments they can and have been counterproductive, hence why they are being phased out; Elephant & Castle, Old Street, Waterloo, Westminster Bridge, and so forth.

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London has done way too much to accommodate amateurs on bikes already, and it's making traffic in the city worse and worse.
In 2000, the ratio of cars to cyclists in Central London was 11:1, by 2014 this had fallen to 1.7:1, and during the course of the current year it is likely to have surpassed car traffic. On many roads, more than 70% of all traffic is cyclists. It doesn’t come as a surprise that TfL is accommodating this growth because it incurs very little cost in providing the infrastructure, and has substantial social, economic and environmental gains.
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