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TfL unveils ‘radical’ new plans for Swiss Cottage gyratory

PUBLISHED: 11:05 17 November 2014 | UPDATED: 11:05 17 November 2014

Andrew Marshall has been campaigning with fellow Swiss Cottage councillors Roger Freeman and Don Williams to have the gyratory removed

Andrew Marshall has been campaigning with fellow Swiss Cottage councillors Roger Freeman and Don Williams to have the gyratory removed

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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”.


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