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£26m deal will 'transform' Tottenham Court Road

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Development

26m deal will 'transform' Tottenham 26m deal will 'transform' Tottenham

Camden Council has unveiled a £26 million plan to transform the Tottenham Court Road area of the West End.

The local authority's aim is to make the area safer and more attractive for residents, boost business and create new public spaces - ahead of the opening of the new Crossrail station in 2018.

The project will replace the one-way system on Tottenham Court Road and Gower Street with two-way tree-lined streets.

Wider pavements and safe and direct pedestrian crossings will be installed on Tottenham Court Road and New Oxford Street, whilst Gower Street will have protected cycle lanes and a new extra wide crossing outside University College London.

The project will create four new public spaces, including a new pedestrianized plaza at the foot of Centre Point next to the new Crossrail station. In addition, a new park will be built in the heart of the West End in Alfred Place.

The project will address issues which have affected the area for some time, including traffic congestion, narrow and cluttered pavements, and a lack of public space.

Cllr Phil Jones, cabinet member with responsibility for transport, said: “Our ambitious West End Project will transform the Tottenham Court Road area into one of London's premier commercial, cultural and academic districts.

"We’re aiming to make journeys quicker and safer, as well as creating a more attractive place for people to enjoy.

"We want to hear from local residents and businesses as part of our consultation to help us deliver a project which everyone can benefit from.”

The council is currently seeking views on the proposals, with a public consultation from 9 June until 18 July.

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