Week 3 Blog: Getting vox pops for a news story

Pic: Jaz Watson: Big Issue trainee questions Green Party assembly member at Old Street roundabout

Pic: Jaz Watson: Big Issue trainee Carl Byrne questions Green Party assembly member Darren Johnson on safety improvements at Old Street roundabout

Trainee journalists from the Big Issue online journalism course ventured out on assignment from to Old Street roundabout in east London to canvas opinion on the proposed redevelopment due to be consulted on this summer.

TFL are holding consultation plans on replacing Old Street roundabout with work expected to commence next year, according to a TFL spokesperson.

TFL and the mayor’s office have proposed removing old street roundabout with the aim of making the junction safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

Between 1994 and 2012 there have been 70 accidents there: with one fatal and 17 serious.

Plans to redevelop the junction of Great Eastern Street and Shoreditch High Street have been suspended. On Friday, we met Darren Johnson, Green Party Assembly Member, at Old Street roundabout to discuss the proposals.

Pic Jaz Watson: Reporter Carl interviewing a cyclist about the proposed Old Street roundabout development.

Pic Jaz Watson: Reporter Carl interviewing a cyclist about the proposed Old Street roundabout development.

We also canvassed opinion on the proposed redevelopment plans with various members of the public. Those who were willing we asked a number of questions: what do you think of the redevelopment of Old Street roundabout, is the current flow of traffic a danger to cyclist’s?

We also spoke to a number of business owners asking if they were aware of the proposed redevelopment and if or how it might affect their business.

The following morning we returned to Old Street with our tutor to meet Darren Johnson, a Green Party assembly member, to discuss the proposals. We interviewed him at the cycle rank as he himself is a keen cyclist.

Mr Johnson was joined by a Cllr Caroline Russell, who was recently elected a Green Party Islington councillor.

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