Shoreditch High Street (Supplementary) [4]

Session date: 
December 20, 2000
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I am really pleased that you are talking to them. It is regrettable if TfL officers were not approached, but TfL is so new that people may not have known who to go to.

Let me get back to the question about how businesses might suffer if the system went two-way. That is plainly idiotic. If customers are trapped on one side of the street and cannot cross to the other side, they will do half the business. If people can start crossing the road, they can go both sides and business will improve

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Answer for Shoreditch High Street (Supplementary) [4]

Answer for Shoreditch High Street (Supplementary) [4]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am not saying that the system cannot be finessed, but that proposed by Hackney precludes the introduction of measures to protect bus operations. Existing bus priority measures would have to be removed under the Hackney scheme. Similarly, parking and loading facilities for local business frontages are proposed for removal without appropriate replacement locally. The computer analysis of traffic flow performance, we believe, is unrealistically optimistic. Those are not irreconcilables, but they are clearly problems that must be resolved.

Where a borough council wants to make any major proposal like this, there is a lot to be said for just calling in TfL and discussing it with them first, rather than producing the scheme without discussing it with the traffic authority for London.