Deputy mayor agrees London Bridge Station redevelopment plans don't provide for cyclists

London’s deputy mayor, Sir Edward Lister, has hit out at Network Rail’s plans for London Bridge station as “not complying” with the Mayor’s London Plan.

Failure to provide adequately for cyclists both during construction, and after the station is rebuilt, are among the reasons given by City Hall for objecting to the planning application.

We highlighted the problems with the application several weeks ago and sent in a comprehensive objection along with others from Southwark Cyclists (our local group) and the Better Bankside organisation.

In City Hall’s 29-page response to the planning application, the deputy mayor says that cycle parking should be three times higher (1600 spaces) than the number proposed by Network Rail (500 spaces).

It also recommends that 500 spaces should be provided during the construction period.

In line with our criticisms, City Hall points out that the project will remove a popular cycle route (Weston St and Stainer St will both be closed) and does not provide a satisfactory alternative.

The City Hall response however doesn't address the important issue of cycling conditions on Tooley St, Borough High St, St Thomas’s St and London Bridge itself, all of which will be affected by the development.

This is of particular relevance given that the Mayor plans to implement a Cycle Superhighway along Tooley St by 2015.

The London Bridge planning application is for a £1.2 billion redevelopment of the station, which is due to be completed by 2018.

While City Hall says the current planning application doesn't comply with the London Plan, it suggests a range of remedies, including further work on the impacts on pedestrians and cyclists, which might make it compliant.