Shoreditch High Street (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
December 20, 2000
Question By: 
Meg Hillier
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

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I have been lobbying Transport for London myself purely as a local representative on this, so I am heartened to hear that they are taking it on board. I am also heartened that they have agreed at my behest to do a study of the impact of the congestion charging zone on this area, which is just outside. That raises a bigger point about the impact of the congestion charging zone on neighbouring streets, which are likely to take on more traffic, and the money that is available to ameliorate that impact. I hope that you can commit to doing similar studies, as Chair of TfL, on other areas of our constituencies that are affected in this way; so that, when congestion charging is introduced, as you are keen to do, these things are in place and in plan.

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Answer for Shoreditch High Street (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Shoreditch High Street (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

We certainly want to make sure that the surrounding areas at the boundary of the congestion charge do not suffer. Altogether, a total budget of £100 million is available over the next few years for works on GLA roads and borough roads to try to achieve that. Hackney's Council's prejudices are shared by me: I do not think that one-way systems are generally a good idea. They have not been terribly successful. I have just intervened to stop one at Crystal Palace, where the Triangle was to be made one way, which would have meant a 50% increase in traffic movement around the area. It was completely unacceptable. We will be sitting down to look at a different way of spending that money to gain benefits. I will be approaching most one-way systems with a similar scepticism.