Public Realm Improvements – An attractive and sustainable environment for those to live and work in.
Old Street’s edgy location as a major thoroughfare and gateway to the City means the area has long been dominated by vehicular traffic, contributing to a poor quality environment. Key to the repositioning of Old Street as one of London’s most attractive locations will be significant improvements to the built environment and public realm improvements.
The partnership will work closely with both Islington Council and Hackney Council to look at how we can improve wayfinding in the area, by looking at signage, walking maps to celebrate those hidden gems and stunning green spaces of Hoxton Square, Finsbury Square, Bunhill Fields and many more to explore.
The cleanliness and feel of Old Street, is a high priority for the partnership. We will work together with local boroughs to build on a programme of activity that will improve and support improvements on the public footway, looking at the de-cluttering of street furniture, fix times of highway repairs and better cycling provisions for those working in the area.
The Old Street Partnership will drive forward at a strategic level, major infrastructure projects for the area. Working with Transport for London, Greater London Authority, Islington and Hackney Council – the partnership will support and leverage in further funding to ensure delivery of fundamental projects in the area.
What is proposed Above Ground for Old Street
It is proposed that the north western ‘arm’ of the roundabout is closed.
The remainder of the junction would be redesigned to be simple and straight-forward to use. We would provide new cycle lanes and crossings throughout the junction, some of which would be segregated from vehicles, and would install cycle-only signals.
The Partnership will work with TfL to improve conditions for pedestrians with new pedestrian crossings as an alternative to the existing subways, one of which would be closed. This would provide greater footway space and remove obstructive street furniture wherever possible.
The remainder of the junction would be redesigned to be simple and straight-forward to use with new cycle lanes and crossings some of which would be segregated from vehicles and would enable the installation of cycle–only signals.
With such a diverse mix of businesses coming together, the partnership wants to build a strong social and economic vision for the area. We will work with business and partners on local employment, education, skills, small businesses support, charity engagement and wellbeing within the area.