Thanks for your help! TfL consultations showcase LCC campaigning

A slew of the latest consultation results reports from TfL showcase how your help and LCC’s campaigning work have led to big wins for cycling in London…

Cycle Superhighway CS4

Over 3,000 people responded directly to the consultation, nearly 5,000 including campaign emails etc. And hugely positive they were - with 88% supporting the scheme including 1,350 London Cycling Campaign members and supporters. Some of the most common issues raised included the missing Lower Road section of the scheme, and wanting the scheme extended to Woolwich as soon as possible.

To read the full report, click here.

Cycle Superhighway CS9

Over 6,000 people responded to this scheme to run cycle tracks (as well as improve crossings) from OIympia to Brentford. 941 of you emailed TfL via our LCC response page, and over 65% of the responses supported the proposals, despite loud campaigning against the proposals, particularly in Chiswick High Road.

To read our blog on the consultation results (and/or click through to the full report), click here.

Canary Wharf – Rotherhithe Bridge

Support from LCC members and supporters meant a whopping 93% of the over 6,000 respondents supported the proposal to create a walking/cycling only bridge between the Isle of Dogs and Rotherhithe. On top of this, an overwhelming majority of responses allied themselves with LCC’s preferred option of a bridge (rather than tunnel or ferry) and the northern of three proposed alignments linking directly into Westferry Circus at Canary Wharf, enabling direct links to other planned cycle routes.

The bridge is now moving into detailed design phase, despite some local residents labelling it a potential “eyesore” and the London Assembly’s Conservative group saying (according to the TfL summary of their position) that there wasn’t a “strong enough business case for the bridge”, preferring instead to trial a ferry.

To read the full report, click here.

Highbury Corner

Thanks to our support, the Highbury Corner proposals have finally been announced to be moving forward into construction after the bridge replacement railway works are complete this spring.

Of nearly 3,000 respondents around 70% supported the scheme for improving conditions for those walking and/or cycling, and TfL have made improvements to the scheme in line with our response to extend some lanes away from the junction to reach a local school, and to improve links to Corsica Street.

To read the full report, click here.

Vauxhall Nine Elms

Thanks to you, nearly 80% of all responses opposed this scheme that suggested an area previous Mayor Boris Johnson said would be “better than Amsterdam” for cycling, yet featured cycling in part-time bus lanes and paint. As a result of our opposition, Walking & Cycling Commissioner Will Norman has said below-par sections of the scheme will be reworked to deliver “a continuous high-quality cycle route from CS8 to Vauxhall”. Of course, this does rather highlight the need to also go ahead and fix CS8 too.

Other stakeholders included London TravelWatch, who bizarrely suggested 4.5m bus lanes instead of separate cycle tracks would be fine for cycling in; and Wandsworth Council who wanted the hours of operation of the bus lanes cut so HGVs could get to New Covent Garden Market easier.

To read the full report, click here.

Croydon Fiveways

This horrific scheme is explicitly designed to improve motor vehicle capacity through this dangerous and difficult junction. This is most likely as a result of an impending Westfield shopping centre nearby, despite the fact that Westfield itself is ripping out car parking spaces at its Stratford centre to put in more shops, because it turns out most people don’t arrive by car there.

Action by LCC members and supports has meant that despite the scheme getting the go-ahead, TfL pledges to “improve the pedestrian environment and strengthen the cycling provision in support of the draft Mayor’s Transport Strategy and the Healthy Streets approach.” Many of the comments respondents submitted highlighted our concerns over safe and protected space for north-south cycling through the scheme and hook risks for cyclists at several arms of the junctions.

To read the full report, click here.

Waterloo roundabout

A thousand respondents from LCC swelled the consultation numbers for this hated roundabout to nearly 2,000 total. The result is that this scheme is set to move forward, taming this hostile gyratory with cycle tracks all round. And of our biggest concerns, the turn on Waterloo Road into the bus area is set to be redesigned. However, concerns over lack of cycling provision on Waterloo Road generally and links from the scheme onto the surrounding roads and bridge remain unanswered for now.

To read the full report, click here.

Mayor’s Transport Strategy

Thanks to action from LCC and other campaigning organisations, the Mayor’s Transport Strategy (MTS) was finalised without any weakening of its key pledges to change the mode mix of journeys to being done 80% by walking, cycling and public transport by 2041, to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on our transport network to zero by then, and to ensure 70% of Londoners live within 400m of a high-quality and safe cycle route by then too.

More surprising was how many boroughs, including such as Barnet, Bromley and even Kensington & Chelsea viewed the MTS positively. In contrast to its response to the bridge, above, the London Assembly Conservatives group supported the MTS, was “supportive of plans for cycling” and wanted bolder words on “road user charging” and “filtered permeability” (or low traffic neighbourhoods). A mere few boroughs wanted significant weakening of the MTS – primarily Bexley, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth. Oddest stakeholder response (as summarised by TfL) was Veolia, who suggested that encouraging walking might lead to overflowing street bins!

To read the full report, click here.

Still to come…

We’re waiting for results on Camberwell Green junction, Cycle Superhighway 4 and Lambeth Bridge among other major schemes that LCC has campaigned over.