Monday 23 January 2012 12.10am
Agreed, as discussed here before, the traffic currently flying around the one way system will instead be moving more slowly through a pair of two way routes. As done recently on Piccadilly and Pall Mall, this should make the road slower and easier to cross (as I think most agree was achieved on Great Dover Street
when that was reconfigured).
Of course, it has to be done right, and I'll be watching that closely. Southwark Living Streets
is too, and I believe also in favour.
The plan was quite closely tied to the cross river tram, and is unfunded, so there's no timetable for it's implementation.
Not sure where the 'no one lives there' quote is but having talked to Southwark and TfL about it (as part of discussions of the roundabout) this is planned as an improvement for pedestrians, cyclists, residents and businesses - not for through traffic flow.
Hope that reassures!