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Elephant & Castle roundabout set for revamp

Elephant & Castle

Construction of a new roundabout design in Elephant & Castle in South London will start next year after backing from consultation respondents.

Southwark Council said that more than 80 per cent of residents, businesses and other local stakeholders that were consulted backed the plans for the northern roundabout area.

Developed by the council and Transport for London (TFL), the plans involve converting the roundabout into a peninsular.

This chosen “Option B” design will provide a northbound off-carriageway cycle path and improved bus stop facilities. Following concerns raised during the consultation, the originally proposed plans for a segregated cycle lane southbound on Elephant and Castle Link Road have been replaced with a 4.5m wide bus lane.

New road markings will highlight to cyclists the location of potential conflict points where buses will be pulling out of the bus lane.

Councillor Mark Williams, cabinet member for regeneration, planning and transport at Southwark Council, said: "Transforming the roundabout at Elephant and Castle is a significant step towards making the area safer for all our road users, particularly vulnerable ones like pedestrians and cyclists.

He added: “I am also happy that TfL are looking into making the road 20mph, which complements the council's own roll out of a 20mph scheme on our roads across the borough."

Construction is expected to start in late spring next year with the main highway works scheduled to be fully completed by summer 2016.