Kings Cross access: sign the petition today!

Last chance to sign the Kings Cross access petition!

Why the petition?

The Kings Cross station redevelopment will see the current entrances from the Islington (east) side, which give access to and through the station, close. The only entrances will be on the Camden (west) side.

A new platform/track is being built on the east side of the station to increase rail capacity, so the current entrances there cannot be retained. The community lobbied for Network Rail to provide a footbridge or foot/cycle bridge across the station instead.

Camden Council made investigating such a bridge a condition of Network Rail’s planning permission. The company did a feasibility study on a bridge within the station – and found it was not feasible. Camden Council reviewed the feasibility study, agreed with it, and gave the permission to go ahead without a bridge. So now we want Network Rail, plus other agencies, to investigate a proper pedestrian/cycle bridge over the railway rather than one wholly within the station.

The issue is not just about slicing 5 minutes off a commute to the west end. As it stands, the rebuilt station will turn its back on Islington. It will be a barrier, not a bridge, to community links and regeneration in the area. The regenerated Kings Cross will be less accessible to the poorest communities in Islington than ever before: that’s not right.

Lib Dem Islington has now agreed to put some money towards a fresh feasibility study. Now we need national Government and Network Rail to accept the case for maintaining access to and through the station from the Islington side. More on the campaign here and here.

Please sign up. It would be great to get the number of signatures up to 1,000 – there’s just a handful to go!

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  1. […] I’ve blogged before, this isn’t just about slicing 5 minutes off a commute to the west end. Without a bridge, the […]

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