Cyclists the big winners in Rådhuspladsen revamp
Copenhagen’s Town Hall Square, Rådhuspladsen, is going to look dramatically different in a few years, and it’s not just due to the new Metro station currently under construction.
A proposal has been submitted to the city planning board, Teknik- og Miljøudvalget, to eliminate the bus station at Rådhuspladsen and create an additional 1,000 sqm of space in the square. The proposal looks likely to gain the board’s approval.
“We’ve been briefed on the plan in Teknik- og Miljøudvalget and no-one has spoken out against the proposal,” the city’s deputy mayor for technical and environmental affairs, Ayfer Baykal (SF), told Politiken newspaper. “So I anticipate that it is sure to go through.”
The change will occur when the Metro station is completed, which is currently scheduled for June 2017. The bus station will then move from its current location across from Politikens Hus to above the entrance of the Metro station.
Baykal said that the plan would be “a clear improvement for cyclists” because it would allow for the planned conversion of Vestergade to a cycling road to continue over Rådhuspladsen to HC Andersens Boulevard.
Baykal said she’d like to see the plan go further in the future by shutting Vester Voldgade off to vehicle traffic.