Shoreditch High Street

MQT on 2000-12-20
Session date: 
December 20, 2000
Question By: 
Meg Hillier
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Does the Mayor support the campaign for two way traffic in Shoreditch High Street? Will he earmark cash from the £1m set aside for work to minimise the impact of congestion charging for this important scheme?


Answer for Shoreditch High Street

Answer for Shoreditch High Street

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am aware of Hackney Council's aspirations to improve the street environment and provide better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists on the Shoreditch Triangle. I fully support these laudable objectives, and can understand their wish to see the one-way system revert to two-way flows. However, it is regrettable that Hackney did not offer Transport for London or the Traffic Director for London any sight of their current proposals prior to approving them. Although keen to assist, now that sufficient detail has been supplied TfL has identified a number of serious shortcomings which would adversely affect buses and local access for shoppers and businesses. TfL's Street Management is working with Hackney Council officers to seek a solution which balances the competing demands of all the users of the Shoreditch Triangle, while still achieving much-needed streetscape improvements. Whatever scheme eventually emerges from these discussions would be a candidate for funding from congestion charging, but it is too early to give a decision on this.