Section 4: Old Street / Great Eastern Street

Closed 29 Mar 2015

Opened 16 Feb 2015

Overview

 

Section 4: Old Street / Great Eastern Street

Where CS1 crosses Old Street and Great Eastern Street, there would be improvements to roads, footways and crossings to make cyclist and pedestrian movements safer and more convenient. Closure of the southern end of Pitfield Street would provide space for enlarged footways and a new two-way cycle track, as well as public realm improvements such as new seating and paving. Proposals include:

  • New two-way cycle track within enlarged footways
  • Improvements to pedestrian and cyclist crossings
  • New banned turn for motor traffic, with partial road closure of Pitfield Street
  • Improved to cycling facilities on Old Street, Great Eastern Street and Rivington Street
  • Loading bays moved
  • Logos and signs would help wayfinding for cyclists
  • New trees, with some trees removed
     

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Section 4: Old Street / Great Eastern Street PDF

 

CS1 Old Street junction visual

 

Enlarged footways and closure of southern end of Pitfield Street to motor traffic

  • Pitfield Street no longer accessible to motor traffic south of Charles Square and Boot Street.
  • The closure would provide space for enlarged footways and a new cycle track, and significant public realm improvements such as new seating, trees and paving
  • Motorists would still be able to access Pitfield Street from the north, with the road made two-way for all traffic north of Boot Street / Charles Square (see Section 5 and Section 6)
  • The footway between Old Street and Great Eastern Street would be enlarged, making more space for pedestrians, new trees, and a segregated two-way cycle track, separating cyclists and pedestrians
     

Safer junctions

  • New two-way cycle track and signalised crossings, separating cyclists from pedestrians, would provide a safe and convenient route across Old Street and Great Eastern Street
  • Cyclists heading east along Old Street would benefit from a section of segregated cycle track west of Pitfield Street
  • Cyclists turning right into Great Eastern Street from Old Street would benefit from a cyclist-only traffic light phase, no longer having to cross a general traffic lane
  • Cyclist-only traffic phase for cyclists turning right from Rivington Street, with raised table to reduce traffic speeds
  • New raised table and enlarged footways at junction of Old Street and Singer Street
     

Pedestrian crossings

  • Existing pedestrian crossings over Old Street and Great Eastern Street would be made wider and no longer be shared with cyclists 
  • Crossing points would benefit from enlarged footways and tactile paving
     

Parking and loading

  • Loading bay removed from Pitfield Street
  • New inset loading bay on Charles Square
  • New inset loading bay on Old Street
     

Trees

  • 4 non-mature trees removed from central reservations on Old Street to allow realignment of general traffic lanes
  • 10 new trees (subject to investigation)
     

Resurfacing roads

Where Pitfield Street forms part of CS1, it would be resurfaced to make journeys safer and more comfortable.
 

Impact on journey times

The proposed route for CS1 is expected to have minimal impact on other road users, including general traffic and bus passengers because, for much of its length, CS1 would run along residential streets, away from the majority of car, freight and bus traffic.

However, some changes in journey times for general traffic and buses are expected at the junction of Mildmay Road and Boleyn Road/Crossway, where CS1 crosses Old Street and Great Eastern Street, and at Balls Pond Road if option B is chosen.

For details, please read the CS1 traffic impact statement.

 

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Public
  • Stakeholders
  • Local residents
  • Local businesses
  • Schools
  • London Boroughs
  • Coach Operators
  • Taxi trade
  • Transport for London
  • Taxi customers and other stakeholders

Interests

  • Cycling