Meeting with TfL on the Cycle Superhighway

March 16, 2016 at 2:36 pm / by

TFL Meeting Tulip Siddiq MP

In recent weeks, I have been contacted by a number of local residents about Transport for London’s proposals to bring Cycle Superhighway number 11 (CS11) to North London.

CS11 is the proposal to provide a continuous cycling route from Brent Cross to the West End. To the north of Swiss Cottage, the route is proposed to run along Finchley Road and Hendon Way, as far as Brent Cross. From Swiss Cottage, it takes route southwards along Avenue Road, towards the Outer Circle of The Regent’s Park. It is anticipated to end at the junction with New Cavendish Street where it would link in with the planned Central London Grid.

On Monday, I was pleased to invite constituents to Parliament to discuss these proposals with representatives from TfL.

In attendance were Senior Programme Sponsors from TfL, representatives from residents’ associations, local constituents and local councillors (past and present). Car drivers and cyclists both had their say, and I would urge those holding similar meetings to offer an inclusive space for all affected commuters.

A central aim of the meeting was to relay the strength of feeling held over these proposals, to seek further information and to gauge the anticipated impact of CS11 in Hampstead and Kilburn.

The meeting was a constructive, with views exchanged frankly and fairly.

Transport for London (TfL) highlighted their aim to improve conditions for cyclists in London and to confront the troubling levels of air pollution in our city. They acknowledge that this will result in changes to traffic behaviour and parking facilities.

A number of residents highlighted the need for greater information and transparency if they are to arrive at a fully informed view on the anticipated impact of CS11. They made it clear that more consideration must be given to the effects on traffic levels of surrounding roads, the school run, and access for emergency vehicles.

This meeting was an extremely helpful start, however I believe that TfL must renew the consultation process following the Mayoral election (May 5th 2016).

Further, I believe the creation of a working group for key stakeholders, including both cyclists and car drivers, will be necessary to continue dialogue when a new Mayor is in place.