A survey of drivers has found that the Elephant & Castle traffic system is the fourth most feared road junction in the UK.
The notorious Hanger Lane Gyratory System gained first place in the survey conducted by GfK NOP for Highway Insurance. Birmingham's Spaghetti Junction and Marble Arch took second and third place.
The two terrifying roundabouts at the Elephant & Castle will eventually be replaced with junctions controlled with traffic lights – and surface-level pedestrian crossings – as part of the major regeneration of the area.
The southern roundabout is due to be the first to be removed – but the timetable for the remodelling of the junction has slipped considerably since Southwark Council announced the project nearly two years ago.
Work was originally due to start in mid-2006, but as of December 2007 there has been no change to the experience of pedestrians and motorists.
The latest indication is that plans for the new junction of Walworth Road and Newington Butts will be agreed between Southwark Council, Transport for London and the London Development Agency in early 2008.