Thursday 3 November 2011 2.39pm
It's called Bricklayer's Arms roundabout, in honour of the pub which stood, along with many houses, in the way of this 1960s road scheme.
There have been many ideas to make better use of this space; although the relatively recent implementation of crossings on the level (before you had to use the highly unpleasant underpasses) has made life much easier, the flyover remains a massive block to crossing the NKR or OKR, as well as being ugly. And without doubt the area of land here could be more productively used if the roundabout was removed - there was an idea (see here http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/3671
) on this basis a few years ago.
It's a TfL road, which means that whilst Boris is in power there is probably little that can be done, but I think it is important that we keep pressure up on local politicians to ask them to help us work towards removing this major barrier to commerce and movemment. There is one major possible ally in this - the flyover, as with most roads of this vintage, is now deteriorating and long term structural repairs (it was recently closed for minor repairs) are likely to cost enough to make replacement a viable alternative...