Greens launch King’s Cross safety campaign

A CAMPAIGN to make King’s Cross more pedestrian-friendly has been launched by the Green Party.

Jean Lambert, Green MEP for London, met local party members on the pedestrian island straddling Gray’s Inn Road, Euston Road and Pentonville Road, to kick off the Walk King’s Cross campaign.

They want to see the roads around the station made safer for all users.

Ms Lambert, whose office is in Gray’s Inn Road, said: “I am horrified that the millions of commuters, tourists and Londoners using the King’s Cross, St Pancras and Euston stations every year face an obstacle course of railings, short-term “green men” that trap pedestrians in the middle of roads, and even crossroads on which there is no pedestrian provision whatsoever. As somebody who works in the area it’s an issue that affects me and my staff daily.

“Given that Transport for London has declared 2011 the Year of Walking it is disgraceful that a major entry-point to the city is so difficult to navigate by foot. Pedestrians with disabilities are likely to find the area particularly dangerous and difficult.

“But this is also an opportunity. The changes to be made need not cost a great deal of cash. Simply removing some of the railings, appropriately phasing traffic lights and improving signage could make a huge difference.”

Caroline Russell, of Islington Green Party added: “It should be a fundamental principle that main transport corridors function for pedestrians as well as cars. Pedestrians have effectively been ‘designed out’ of this space. Walking is free, healthy and requires no specialist equipment, making it an ideal transport choice in difficult economic times.”