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Monday 17 November 2014 6.45pm
Oh well, I'll be well dead by then....
Thursday 5 February 2015 10.28pm
Jules62 wrote:
An idea: perhaps the subways could be retained as cycle only routes?
The stairways could be replaced with ramps, and cyclists would be safe from the motor vehicle traffic above.

Does this make sense to you all?

That idea was not implemented, yes there is some traction with the concept of re-purposing redundant tunnels as cycle routes.

(James H: sorry for posting a news link from another source, but the story I have linked to does not relate to the SE1 postcode and has not been covered in this site's news section).
Tuesday 10 March 2015 7.29pm
Date set for start of work.

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Wednesday 18 March 2015 5.10pm
On the evening of Good Friday 2015 join us for a choral performance of a new composition by Danyal Dhondy written to mark the imminent demolition of the subways at Elephant and Castle Roundabout. We gather at the centre of the roundabout from 7pm for the performance to begin at sunset and walk the subways for a performance of seven stages. After 104 years of safe underground pedestrian crossings the Mayor of London and Southwark Council are ushering in an era of increased congestion, danger and pollution. Demolition commences on 9 April and the proposed Elephant Square will not be completed until the mid 2020s.

(This composition has been commissioned and staged by www.SaveOurSubways.org, a campaigning group that has utterly failed in its objectives, although we might get a cafe in one subway if we're lucky and another bit turned into a water feature! Let's hope others can learn from our failure and save their subways)

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/826705774044418/
Wednesday 18 March 2015 11.00pm
A cafe in one would be great!

Are surface level crossings being provided at the same time the subways close?
Thursday 19 March 2015 9.59am
The new pedestrians crossings will be inadequate ones like this local one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jm8O_J0pxLQ

A link to TfL's proposal (and their mooting of a cafe in response to our campaigning and my one to one with the design team) is available on http://www.saveoursubways.org. I've asked for the results of the consultation which ended on 22/12/14 but have not heard back.
Saturday 28 March 2015 3.13pm
Some bright spark at TfL decided to print the legal notice about the forthcoming banned turns etc double-sided - and then post the notice in such a way that the second page (giving details of how to object) cannot be read:

https://twitter.com/se1/status/581766790893723649

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Sunday 29 March 2015 5.28pm
James Hatts wrote:
Some bright spark at TfL decided to print the legal notice about the forthcoming banned turns etc double-sided - and then post the notice in such a way that the second page (giving details of how to object) cannot be read:
https://twitter.com/se1/status/581766790893723649

Other than this and a few other notices informing the imminent arrival of traffic humps on some side roads Transport for London and Southwark Council seem incredibly quiet about the detail of what's about to happen. There was a second round consultation which ended in late December. Nothing's been published since then, and work has commenced ahead of schedule, several surface level pedestrian crossings have been closed for hours in recent days with people directed into subways instead (how wonderful we have subways to facilitate such convenient alternatives). Isn't anyone in TfL or the council obliged to let us know what they're doing? It would at the very least enable people to anticipate disruption rather than just deal with a 54 week ever-changing obstacle course.
Sunday 29 March 2015 6.15pm
I was wrong about the consultation report. I've learnt that TfL have just published the results of their second consultation on the roundabout. The full report is here, but it's from page 33 where they actually outline what they're going to do.
https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/elephant

What's still missing is the timetable of disruption and completion between now and summer 2016, but that wouldn't have been part of this document, we need a work schedule.
Sunday 29 March 2015 6.29pm
This Friday 3 April at 7pm come and hear a performance of Requiem For The Subways, a choral piece I've commissioned from Danyal Dhondy to be performed by a small choir. We will be marking the imminent demolition of the seven subways by processing through them, pausing for a moment of music and contemplating on the waste of sealing off this precious space.

We will meet at the centre of the roundabout at 7pm. More info as the Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/826705774044418/

It's sad that the idea of a cafe in a subway, something TfL's even included within their designs last December, has been rejected. They claim it's for lack of support - but I it wasn't support they even invited comment on in their woefully manipulative survey, I doubt many who took part in the survey even spotted the idea of a cafe because it was barely legible within their wishy washy maps.
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