Will Norman speaks out on 9 Elms
- By SimonM on at 2:49pm 15 August 2017
- Posted in: News and blogs, Lambeth, Wandsworth
- Tagged with: london assembly, cycling, city hall, walking, mayor of london, commissioner, Sadiq Khan, Walking & Cycling Commissioner, Will Norman
- Boroughs: Lambeth, Wandsworth
We will ensure that the final designs for Nine Elms Lane and Battersea Park Road offer a safe, high quality cycle route that can be used by all Londoners to travel between Battersea and Vauxhall."
Following on from our blog attacking the recent set of poor quality proposals from TfL, like Nine Elms, that will do little to enable more people to cycle in London, we’ve been contacted by Dr Will Norman, the Walking & Cycling Commissioner, to clarify City Hall’s position these schemes.
We reproduce his response to LCC’s action on Nine Elms in full below. We are very heartened to hear Dr Norman and the Mayor are listening to our concerns, although it has yet to be explained why such poor proposals were allowed to get to public consultation in the first place. Dr Norman encourages LCC members and supporters to make their views known, and it remains vital that we continue to voice strong opposition to the current plans for Nine Elms as well as defend genuine steps forward such as at the key Lambeth Bridge junctions.
Dr Will Norman, Walking & Cycling Commissioner:
“We’re absolutely determined to make cycling safer and easier for all Londoners. That’s why we’ve secured record levels of investment for cycling and launched a Healthy Streets approach that puts walking and cycling at the heart of a huge range of our policies.
“We are committed to improving cycling right across London and I want to assure you that we will only take forward projects that will bring real benefits. We will ensure that the final designs for Nine Elms Lane and Battersea Park Road offer a safe, high quality cycle route that can be used by all Londoners to travel between Battersea and Vauxhall. The proposals we published are not finalised designs, they are ideas for consultation and I strongly encourage you to have your say. We want to hear views from as wide a range of people as possible as the plans are developed. We need both your support and your criticism, and I can assure you that your voice will be listened to and reflected in the changes that will be made to the design for this route following the consultation.
“I also want to invite you to have your say on our other cycling proposals. We are consulting on a long-overdue transformation of Waterloo IMAX, closing off one arm of the roundabout to create a tree-filled public square and segregated cycle lanes. And a little further up the river, we have developed proposals to make walking and cycling safer at the northern and southern roundabouts of Lambeth Bridge. On the bridge itself, our plans include two-metre wide cycle tracks in both directions.
“I can also tell you that we’re looking forward to sharing our plans for the next two major cycling routes – Cycle Superhighways 4 and 9 – in the autumn. As you’ve seen from our Strategic Cycling Analysis, we’ve got big plans for the future of cycling in London. Our Cycling Delivery Plan, to be published later this year, will set out more details on which of these routes we will be prioritising for investment and I encourage you to keep making your voices heard so that that we can take these projects forward.”
Please spend two minutes using our super-easy consultation responses to:
- Send a message to TfL and City Hall we won’t tolerate schemes as poor as 9 Elms.
- Support Lambeth Bridge to remove two terrible roundabouts, a big improvement on the current situation, while suggesting how the weakest links could be better.
It's clear our response to these schemes is being heard loud and clear at City Hall. Let's keep the pressure on.