GLA Transport Committee questions the Cycling Commissioner on cycle superhighways
The GLA's Transport Committee met this morning (14 October 2014) with Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan to discuss the cycle superhighways - including what action is being taken on the conflict of interest highlighted by LCC and others in the last few days.
You can watch a webcast of the meeting here, but we popped along and took a few notes - we've tried to summarise below.
Gilligan was first asked about the response to the cycle superhighways, and his thoughts.
Gilligan responded that the scheme pales by comparison with other projects that TfL have undertaken. Of the 1450 miles of road that make up the Transport for London Route Network (TLRN), the Strategic Road Network (SRN) and the Borough Principle Road Network, the NS/EW schemes and the upgrade of CS2 combined represent about 9 miles.
Gilligan added that the only way it doesn’t pale by comparison with other projects is in terms of capacity. He said that Bus Plus in 2003 created capacity for an extra 10,000 users in the busiest hour; these three routes will create the capacity for 9000 users every hour, and said it was a huge amount of transport capacity for not very much money. 3000 cyclists an hour - the capacity of each of the routes - is the equivalent of running 41 extra full buses every hour.
Gilligan explained a bit more of the detail on the plans - and how they represent a step change in cycling provision for London. He said that the scheme provides continental style cycling facilities for London for almost the first time, which will link to the existing CS3 and create a continuous largely segregated route all the way from Barking and Canary Wharf in the East out to Acton, eventually, in the West. And, he added, it will link with the north-south route at Blackfriars from Elephant and Castle to King’s Cross, and that in turn will link with CS7 at Elephant. He said that a huge number of journeys across central London will be makeable largely or entirely on segregated tracks, and added that the scheme going in through the Vauxhall gyratory would mean that no cyclists will have to go round the gyratory anymore. He also gave a bit more information on the upgrade to CS2, where the proposal is to introduce segregation and floating bus stops.
He added that there are a couple of others which are being delivered as part of Mini Holland or Quietway type programs although they’re on main roads. He said CS9 is going ahead on Hammersmith and Fulham and Hounslow parts of the route. He also said that there's going to be a new superhighway on Lea Bridge Rd in Waltham Forest as part of their mini Holland bid which will link with a new route into central London through Hackney. He said that the timing is in the gift of the boroughs on those, but North-South, East-West, the CS2 upgrade and CS1 (City to Tottenham) would be by 2016. He added that CS11 would probably be by the end of 2016, and that two upgrades on CS5; the big scheme at Vauxhall Cross and an upgrade on CS7 at Oval starting imminently are due by 2016.
The Transport Committee will be meeting to look at the Cycle Superhighways plans in more detail in December.