The experimental road closures were part of a wider vision to improve the public space in Loughborough Junction, make it a safer and more pleasant place to live and help the area become a destination in its own right, rather than a busy through road for traffic to and from central London.
Whilst it appeared that a majority of residents remain opposed to particular road closures, that ambition to make Loughborough Junction a better place is clearly shared. For this reason, in December 2015 Councillor Jenny Brathwaite (Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport) invited local businesses, ward councillors, community groups including LJAG, Loughborough Estate Management Board, Loughborough Estate TRA and the newly formed LJ Road Madness to become part of Public Realm Steering Group to begin the design work for public space improvements.
The group started with a very open mind and welcomed all ideas and contributions, where there is a Transport for London budget of £400,000 to spend in 16/17 and a further £350,000 of Council funding to spend in 2017/18.
Since the groups inception they have met once a month to develop a coherent design for Loughborough Junction that incorporates the aspirations and views of the many different residents of the area. The group has organised events, public exhibitions and workshops to assist in engaging people to tell us what the priorities are for them – the results of which can be found on this website.