Boris confirms Elephant roundabout will go

By Jim Dunton - Thu 27 February 2014, 5:00 pm

London Mayor Boris Johnson has detailed his plans to remove Elephant & Castle's notorious traffic island as part of a £300 million programme to transform the capital's "biggest and nastiest" road junctions.

The gyratory system is one of 33 interchanges that will be redesigned to make them safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

Johnson said the Elephant & Castle roundabout was the capital’s worst blackspot for accidents involving cyclists and that detailed designs for the schemes would be published next month.

“These road junctions are relics of the Sixties which blight and menace whole neighbourhoods,” he said.

“Like so much from that era, they’re also atrociously-designed and wasteful of space.

“Because of that, we can turn these junctions into more civilised places for cyclists and pedestrians, while at the same time maintaining their traffic function.”

Councillor Barrie Hargrove, Southwark Council’s transport lead, said the authority had been working with Transport for London (TfL) and the Greater London Authority (GLA) for some time on transforming the northern part of the roundabout.

“Cycle and pedestrian safety is a hugely important issue for Southwark and improving the transport network around Elephant has been central to the £3 billion regeneration plans for the area, which will also see new homes, better shopping, a brand new leisure centre and park space,” he said.

“We're pleased to be working with the GLA and TfL on the next steps, and we are of course delighted with the investment.”