Majority support CS11 despite fierce opposition
- By SimonM on at 12:51pm 5 April 2016
- Posted in: News and blogs, Westminster, Camden
- Tagged with: tfl, consultations, cycle superhighways, Sign for Cycling, CSH, #signforcycling
- Boroughs: Westminster, Camden
Two-thirds of respondents to TfL’s public consultation on Cycle Superhighway CS11 from Swiss Cottage to central London, via Regent’s Park, supported the proposals. So, thanks to hard campaigning from London Cycling Campaign and our borough groups in Camden and Westminster, the plans should go ahead – including the most controversial element of the plans, the closure of four of the park gates most of each day. But we still need your help to make sure these plans definitely become a reality.
CS11 met with strong opposition from taxi drivers, local drivers, the actor Tom Conti and sadly, London Zoo. 4,000 people signed an online petition calling it to be halted and saying it would lead to “total gridlock”, despite nearby main roads paralleling the park. But only around 2,000 people bothered to respond to the public consultation objecting to the plans; compared to over 4,000 positive responses, according to the Evening Standard.
Opposition focussed on the proposal to close four of the eight gates ringing the Outer Circle in the park daily, except 11am – 3pm. This element was also supported by 61 percent of respondents. According to TfL, around 5,000 vehicles use the Outer Circle as a through route each day.
As a result of the positive consultation, it should be the natural next step for TfL and the next Mayor to move forward with amending the plans and construction. But there is a catch. Mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith recently spoke at a meeting in Camden, saying that if elected he would “require TfL to adapt their plans to the community, in such a way that they meet the overwhelming support” and rerun the consultation entirely. Goldsmith has yet to commit to the three-point agenda LCC has set out in the Sign for Cycling campaign. You can see who has signed up here.
If we want CS11 to happen, that means we need to keep the pressure on Zac Goldsmith, along with all the other candidates, to Sign for Cycling. And that means you, your friends, your family, your neighbours – everyone you can marshal – also need to #signforcycling – to show the Mayoral candidates how strong the calls are for a better London, where cycling is safe and enjoyable for people of all ages and abilities. You can sign the petition at www.signforcycling.org