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  • "@ bug eye...

    Indeed - leave the roundabout alone. That's the point - I'm making - there's very little one needs to change bar a few road signs and a few tins of paint.

    But I do have to disagree with you regarding the reasons to give priority to vehicles...

    on the whole priority given to cars in an urban space is fair enough if that urban space was devoid of pedestrians. But in this context the Seven Dials is/should be a community hub.

    One that has had its soul undermined by dividing it up with heavy traffic flow - both can co-exist in the same space without the need to give the motorist the upper hand... there are plenty of examples in other urban sites dotted around the country... and you can't get a better example than the center of London with my Regents/Oxford street junction example? Where the sheer volume of traffic, both on foot and on wheels dictates a more even-handed approach... diagonal crossing - brilliant idea... taken from Tokyo and New York and other fast-paced urban environments...

    As a species we should look around us and learn from others... not keep trying to re-invent the wheel!

    You are right though, in fairness, in the case of the dials I'm sure there are more vehicles passing through on an hour by hour basis compared to foot fall, particularly compared to Tokyo/London & New York... :) , but then we're missing the community factor - which has to be taken into consideration in this context.

    Plus, your point regarding congestion...? Well, the traffic stops regularly anyway does it not... each time a pedestrian uses a crossing? - so it will make little to no difference.

    More can be done to redress the balance and give equal right of way to both users who deserve equal flow and rights...

    ...and in my opinion speaking as both pedestrian, cyclist and motorist who uses this junction on a regular basis in all these roles I for one wouldn't complain if I got stopped by a traffic light... I do anyway... so it'll make no difference to my journey what so ever.

    So, as you say, pretty up the space, add some planting, remove the street furniture... then if the traffic is slower and occasionally the space is punctuated by no traffic giving locals a chance to cross and from wherever to wherever - then In my mind I see a far better environment for everyone.

    Win Win..

    Gets my vote."
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Seven Dials roundabout row

Campaigners at Seven Dials

Campaigners at Seven Dials

First published in News

Community campaigners are opposing town hall plans to revamp a roundabout.

Brighton and Hove City Council is currently asking people for their views on the Seven Dials junction, north-west of Brighton station.

The local authority believes steps can be taken to ease congestion and make it safer for pedestrians and road users.

But members of the Dials North West Community Association believe it will create extra traffic in neighbouring residential streets.

Millie Ferguson, of the group, said: “There is room for improvement at Seven Dials. But we do need to be concerned about the primary intention of the plans – turning the clock back 30 years, prior to any proper consideration of the affect this would have on the surrounding area.

“If we return to the old layout, we are surely faced with a recurrence of the old congestion problem and attempts to return the Dials to its present state will be tremendously difficult.”

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