First road in 100 years to be ‘car free’ but not taxi free

From the Standard:

“The first major new road in London for a century is set to be car-free.

A “boulevard” through the heart of the King’s Cross redevelopment will be lined with small shops, a “concept” Sainsbury’s, department store and hotel.

But only buses, taxis and cyclists will be allowed to use the road, believed to be the first new major link since Kingsway opened in 1905. Planners want to create a “continental feel” and it is due to be finished by the end of next year.

The road is part of a further £50 million investment in the 67-acre scheme, now known as King’s Cross Central. It is vital in connecting King’s Cross and St Pancras stations with the northern half of the development site on the opposite side of Regents Canal”.

Hmm, surely Sainsbury’s need to unload their lorries here? They aren’t telling us everything. Come out with it Boris, come clean. This is a gimmick.

And with all the zilllions of taxis, it won’t end up like Europe, it will end up like Asia, such as Hong Kong.

Will cyclists have to share the road with buses and taxis? Why don’t they use bicycle rickshaws for this instead? If they really want a ‘continental feel’, why don’t we have trams? And let’s get rid of dreary Sainsburys and let’s get the Swiss Centre back with the clock and make it into a ‘continental market setting’ not a highway.

7 responses to “First road in 100 years to be ‘car free’ but not taxi free

  1. alexwarrior1

    We have a street downtown like that in Vancouver, Granville St. Busses, taxis, and bikes only. The only time I’ve seen a lot of taxis is when the bars close, a time I probably wouldn’t be there with my bike anyway. Never been to London though so I don’t know how our street compares to that one.

  2. I was in Vancouver in ’89 but things may have changed. I remember the roads being very busy with fast cars. I remember standing outside a small ramshackle hotel , Granville Hotel – wonder if it is still there, by a Porsche. It is good to know that it seems to be working over there. Here, using a taxi ie black cabs is ‘like a status symbol though, they are distinctive and expensive. I used to know someone, a lawyer, and he never used the tube or cycled at all, always used a black cab. Sometimes provincials get very nervous in London so they take a taxi ie older people. London may be different, we shall see.

  3. By the way, what is the speed limit for your road? I bet our continental road will be nice and fast! Nice and
    relaxing too.

    I bet there will be outside cafes and we will have to breathe in all the fumes too.

  4. alexwarrior1

    Yep, lots of fast cars. Only there’s more of them now, so sometimes they clog up the streets and can’t go very fast. I think that hotel is still there, there’s an older hotel, the Chateau Granville, on that street.

    All roads in the city are 50 km/hr, except if specially signed to be otherwise. Areas like parks and universities have some 30 km/hr roads.

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