Courthill Road and Lewisham High Street junction (4)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-09-09
Session date: 
September 9, 2009
Reference: 
2009/2441
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The Courthill Road and Lewisham High Street junction is located in Lewisham Central Ward where at the last census 49.6% of households reported having no car or van and in the neighbouring ward of Rushey Green 46.6% of households reported having no car or van. In view of this, is it not time to give priority to pedestrians rather than traffic flow?

Answer

Answer for Courthill Road and Lewisham High Street junction (4)

Answer for Courthill Road and Lewisham High Street junction (4)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I do not believe there should be a predefined hierarchy of modes, as we use different modes for different journeys. In addition, the vast majority of streets, of which Lewisham High Street is a good example, have to balance the needs of different users, including pedestrians, but also bus, car, and freight traffic. Striking the right balance between users is the key to successful streets, and whilst I am keen to promote better alternatives to the car, we must ensure that London's streets cater for the different demands placed on them.

Please also refer to my answer to your question MQ2438 / 2009.