TfL unveils ‘radical’ new plans for Swiss Cottage gyratory
PUBLISHED: 11:05 17 November 2014 | UPDATED: 11:05 17 November 2014
Councillors behind a 10-year battle to radically overhaul Swiss Cottage gyratory have revealed their excitement after being shown the first designs.
Transport for London (TfL) officers offered about 30 key stakeholders a sneak peak of the plans at Swiss Cottage Library the week before last.
It follows a decade of campaigning by community figures and four years of work by TfL planners.
The current plans, due to be consulted on fully next year, involve a complete reworking of the junction outside Swiss Cottage Tube.
The gyratory would be removed, returning Finchley Road to two-way traffic where it is one-way going north, and closing Avenue Road between Finchley Road and Adelaide Road to cars, making it part of a Cycle Superhighway from central London to Brent Cross.
The left turn from Adelaide Road into Avenue Road would also be prohibited and Adelaide Road would become two-way where it is now one-way.
Cllr Andrew Marshall, who has called for the removal of the gyratory for about a decade with fellow Swiss Cottage councillors Roger Freeman and Don Williams, said he was “broadly supportive” of the plans, describing them as “exciting”.