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You mean the island contributes to that?

I don't understand the obsession with islands and frankly whacky junctions here, I've lived for short periods abroad and road crossings and junctions seem so much simpler and straightforward. If you come out of Euston and head towards Euston Square tube, on the opposite side of UCL hospital, you'll come across the most pointless island ever as the road only has 2 lanes both ways and isn't especially busy. There is an annoying one further up near the British Library which makes you bump into those walking the opposite direction. It's just needless and bizarre, although at least I've noticed quite a few being removed and replaced by simple crossings.
 

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If the speed limit was lower then a reduction in the terror of being sued would lead to more pleasant streets. Street design is still based on separating pedestrians from the danger of traffic with the underlying concept of increasing traffic speed/flow. It is national policy handed down to councils and something that hasn't changed in 40 years.
 

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What the hell is the point of that weird island in the penultimate picture? Why can't they just create a straight forward crossing by moving it further up from the junction? And why so many traffic lights?!
Different sections of the crossing are on green at different times. Staggering the crossing this way allows for a more efficient junction. Wandsworth is on a major thoroughfare and there isn't a lot you can do about it.
 

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