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Walking Under Old Street Roundabout – 4th September 2021

On Saturday, I walked under Old Street Roundabout from North to East.

Note the green line leading to Moorfields Eye Hospital.

September 6, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , | Leave a comment

Silicon Roundabout – 31st August 2021

The builders did it. Or at least these sections of the project.

  • Getting the roads open.
  • Opening the Cowper Street entrance.

These pictures show the roads in the area at around 09:30 this morning.

The traffic seemed to be moving freely, but there weren’t many cyclists.

This second gallery shows the new Cowper Street entrance to Old Street station.

I was able to enter the station, through the new entrance.

August 31, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , | 5 Comments

Silicon Roundabout – 30th August 2021

I took these pictures today on a 43 bus going from Liverpool Street to the Angel.

Note.

  1. These pictures were taken around midday today.
  2. Old Street to the East of the roundabout seems to have been resurfaced.
  3. There still seems to be work to do on the South-East corner of the roundabout.
  4. The last two photographs show the new staircase to Subway 1. It needs finishing.

I suspect that if they work all night, the new entrances could be open tomorrow.

August 30, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , | Leave a comment

Silicon Roundabout – 29th August 2021

I went back this morning to see what was happening.

I took these pictures walking around the South-Eastern side of the roundabout.

Note.

  1. I left the station though Subway 1 (North East exit), crossed over Old Street at the lights and then walked to Moorgate station.
  2. Most of the work I could see, seemed to be concerned with resurfacing the road surface.
  3. The advertising screen seems to be stuck on Hamilton. Is that an omen for Lewis at Spa or is the play sponsoring the works?

There certainly seems a lot to do before Tuesday morning. Let’s hope the weather holds.

August 29, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | Leave a comment

Silicon Roundabout – 28th August 2021

The big push started today to open the new entrance to Old Street Station in Cowper Street.

According to this page on the TfL web site, which is entitled, Old Street Roundabout, these changes will happen on the 31st August 2021.

  • The new entrance at Cowper Street will open and will provide direct access for customers to the station.
  • Subway 1 (northeast exit) will be permanently closed. Subway 3 (southwest exit) will remain open
  • The staircase at Subway 4 (northwest exit), will re-open and the ramp at Subway 4 will permanently close. The green line leading to Moorfields Eye Hospital will be reinstated along the stairs

I took these pictures from a 21 bus, this morning.

Note.

  1. The first four pictures show the North-West exit, which is Subway 4.
  2. The sides of the steps at Subway 4 seem just to need application ofsurface finish and handrails.
  3. In the last picture, it looks like the contractors are getting ready to resurface the South-East corner.

I also took this picture of the Cowper Street entrance yesterday.

The entrance looks to be not far from finished behind the hoarding.

If I get a chance, I’ll go back and have a look sometime in the weekend.

 

 

August 28, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , | Leave a comment

Silicon Roundabout – 18th August 2021

It’s been some time, since I took pictures of the progress of the remodelling of Silicon Roundabout and Old Street station.

I took these pictures this morning.

It seems to have moved on since I took the last pictures in Silicon Roundabout – 10th April 2021.

This page on the Transport for London web site, is now saying this about changes to station access.

New and permanent changes to station access at Old Street will be in place from 31 August 2021.

    • The new entrance at Cowper Street will open and will provide direct access for customers to the station.
    • Subway 1 (northeast exit) will be permanently closed. Subway 3 (southwest exit) will remain open.
    • The staircase at Subway 4 (northwest exit), will re-open and the ramp at Subway 4 will permanently close. The green line leading to Moorfields Eye Hospital will be reinstated along the stairs.

That sounds like the end of Phase 1 to me!

August 18, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , | Leave a comment

Silicon Roundabout – 10th April 2021

This time the images were taken going from home to Moorgate.

There doesn’t seem to have been much progress since I wrote Silicon Roundabout – 8th March 2021.

If you compare what still exists of the old station and the visualisations of the new, there still appears to be a lot of old concrete to remove, like the big curved structure in the middle, which is shown in the last picture.

April 10, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , | 6 Comments

Silicon Roundabout – 8th March 2021

I took these pictures from the top deck of a 21 bus going North from Moorgate to home.

Note.

  1. Pictures 3 and 4 show a large hole, which is probably for the main station entrance.
  2. Picture 5 shows how the ramp is being modified to be stairs to create the North-East entrance by the Shoreditch Grind.
  3. See Silicon Roundabout – 6th January 2021 for an earlier pass through on the same route.

This visualisation from TfL, shows the main entrance with the North-East entrance and the lift behind,

Note.

  1. The lift tower with the tree behind it.
  2. If the Shoreditch Grind was shown, I think it would be partly behind the lift tower.
  3. The stairs for the North East entrance to the right of the lift with the totem indicating the station.

I suspect that given that the station needs to be kept open during the works, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the North-East entrance and the lift open before the main entrance.

I also think, that the Cowper Street entrance on the other side of Old Street roundabout will open before the main entrance for the same reason.

March 9, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , | 1 Comment

Digging The Central Entrance To Old Street Station – 27th February 2021

This map from Transport for London shows the future layout of Old Street Roundabout.

Note the new entrance to the station in the middle of the roundabout.

The contractors are now digging a big hole for the central entrance, with a digger in an unusual turquoise colour.

Note.

  1. The central and the two other entrances will be steps.
  2. There will also be a lift, close to the Shoreditch Grind, in the North-West area.
  3. There will also be a service lift for the shops in the station.
  4. Particular attention has been given to the use of natural light.
  5. The central entrance features a green roof.

Some won’t like the design, but I think, its simplicity like some of London’s 1930s Underground stations will endear it to the majority of passengers.

February 27, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , | 2 Comments

Cowper Street Entrance To Old Street Station – 21st February 2021

These pictures show the start of the works to create the new Cowper Street entrance to Old Street station.

Note the large frame, which had been delivered the previous day.

This map from Transport for London shows the future layout.

The Cowper Street entrance will be in the South-East corner of the roundabout. The map says it will have stepped-access only.

This TfL image is a visualisation of the entrance.

I wonder if it should be step-free with a lift, as walking across to the lift in the centre, could be some way in bad weather.

 

February 26, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , | 1 Comment