I have today heard from Richard Tracey, our GLA Member for Merton (and Wandsworth) that the Mayor has not been swayed by the arguments the Tory GLA members as a body put to him.


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 Charles Barraball
287 West Barnes Lane, New Malden Surrey KT3 6JE
020 8949 0708 land / 075 900 77 44 5 mobile 

From: "Richard Tracey" <>
To: "Charles Barraball" <>
Sent: Thursday, 16 June, 2011 12:46:26 PM
Subject: RE: Blackfriars

Dear Charles
I have seen the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor - Transport several times this week. In fact, I have now spent many hours discussing the whole Blackfriars Bridge cycling issue, and cycling in London in general, with the Mayor and his advisors, my GLA colleagues, TfL, and a number of people in the cycling body in London. TfL have of course drawn up t he traffic modelling of the junction for the Mayor, and the officers are proceeding with their studies of that modelling. As I understand it, the junction must reopen by the end of the year when there will be many thousands of pedestrians emerging each hour to the pavements and roadway from the new Blackfriars Station, as the quoted statement suggests.
We soldier on!
Good wishes


From: Charles Barraball []
Sent: Wed 15/06/2011 22:27
To: Richard Tracey
Subject: Blackfriars

Dear Richard,

When the Mayor allegedly said this,he clearly hadn't considered the points you were to make to him on behalf of London and your constituents.

When are you seeing the Mayor, please?

Quotation from the Mayor's report this morning:

"Cyclists' concerns about proposed changes to the junction outside Blackfriars station hav e been addressed in revised plans released by Transport for London on 18 May.

Changes need to be made to the junction to take into account an increase in people using the area later this year when improvements being made by Network Rail are complete and the station reopens. The views of cyclists who were concerned by the original plans have been taken into account in a new design that will allow every road user to navigate the junction safely.

Transport for London reconsidered the plans on behalf of Network Rail's consultants and concluded that changes could be made to the layout that would safely allow the northbound cycle lane outside Blackfriars station to be widened to 2 metres and retain the 1.5 metre southbound cycle lane outside Blackfriars station.

I am very pleased that Transport for London has taken the feedback from cyclists who use this junction into account and used their comments to deliver the best scheme possible. The changes they have ma de support my desire to improve the facilities for cyclists right across the Capital.

The junction at the north end of Blackfriars Bridge is extremely complex and a lot of work has gone in to try and balance the needs of all road users to ensure they can pass through the junction safely.

Transport for London, working on behalf of Network Rail, will begin work on the changes in June 2011 ahead of the reopening of Blackfriars station at the end of the year."

Charles Barraball
287 West Barnes Lane, New Malden Surrey KT3 6JE
020 8949 0708 land / 075 900 77 44 5 mobile

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