Two-way Stratford gyratory given the green light

Stratford gyratory could become two way

Stratford gyratory could become two way - Credit: Archant

Plans to convert the Stratford Gyratory into a two-way system have been given the green light.

Transport for London has awarded the scheme £1m to help fund improvements designed to reduce the dominance of traffic and make cyclists and pedestrians feel safer.

TfL has also agreed to spend a further £120,000 in the borough to created improved walking and cycling links around the Royal Docks.

The success in securing funding for the two-way gyratory plan comes after the design was resubmitted by Newham Council after only getting as far as the shortlist last year.

The existing layout is said to be seen as a huge deterrent to cyclists in the area and the gyratory has previously been included in TfL’s list of 33 junctions aross London earmarked for significant improvement.

The Newham Cyclists group was generally supportive of the design when the plans were resubmitted in the autumn.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said the funding in the borough, part of £148m of improvements set to be made across London, will help to “make the capital’s roads and open spaces safer, more pleasant places to be”.

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“Providing better cycling and walking routes, as well as a raft of major improvements to our streets will help to boost the quality of life of those who live and work in our great city,” he added.

Cllr Ian Corbett, mayoral adviser for environment and leisure, said concerns from residents and cyclists encouraged the council to bid for funding.

“The money will ensure that we can continue to regenerate Stratford and deliver improvements that will make the roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians,” he said.

“We are committed to making Newham a cycling borough and the funding will enable us to develop plans to take forward a network of high quality cycle and walking routes in and around Stratford and the Royal Docks.”