People in the King’s Cross neighbourhood are delighted by the news that you have asked your architects to re-work their design to make it even better.
We are writing to urge you to include a bridge for pedestrians, bikes and wheelchairs across the railway tracks on the line of the former bridge, Battlebridge Road.
This bridge would complete the East-West route which would enable people to move between Islington, King’s Cross, St Pancras and Euston Stations avoiding the danger, noise and rotten air quality of the A501, Euston Road. It would also make a much more convenient way for lots of Islington people to get to King’s Cross, and indeed to your offices. Your staff bike park seems to be in just about the right place too.
The bridge was something thousands of residents and businesses campaigned for and it was included in Camden’s and Islington’s Planning Brief for the area and also in Argent’s plans. It never got built because it’s on Network Rail’s land, they didn’t want to pay for it and Camden council lacked the guts to insist that they should.
It has the support of local politicians of all parties and of London Assembly members. If you build it you would be doing a lot for London, for safety, for the environment and for the locality. No evil. Good.
If you want to see how exciting it can be to have a public right of way snaking through an important building, go and look at the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart.
If you want to see how a green space (more than just a bridge) can be decked over the throat of a station go to Exchange Square at Broadgate.
PS We’d love to meet to share bridge dreams for King’s Cross!