Finally, TfL set about improving Elephant and Castle congestion

(11 August, 2016) Editorials

Public and politicians have drawn attention to increased congestion since the redesign which began last year

11308The Bend in Elephant and Castle, by Richard Reynolds

At last an effort is to be made to reduce congestion at Elephant & Castle’s roundabout – London’s finest example of a traffic redesign that ended up being worse than the problem it replaced.

Transport for London has announced that ‘The Bend’ will have a new sensor-led traffic light system by October – and that this should reduce waiting times at each junction by eighteen per cent. You have to wonder why this system wasn’t installed in the first place, at such a busy intersection that historically has caused so many traffic problems, and why it took questioning from politicians to get TfL to act.

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