Olympic Lanes (1) (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
September 15, 2010
Question By: 
Kit Malthouse
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I wanted to ask specifically about the situation on the Marylebone Road which is causing consternation in that northern part of Westminster. I should declare that I live two blocks away from the Marylebone Road. As you will know, because you cycle it very often, the Marylebone Road is two lanes of normal traffic and one bus lane.

The plans under the Olympic Route Network are to put a lane outside the bus lane, therefore reducing the lane for normal traffic down to one lane. That will cause alarm, not least because obviously that will cause massive traffic jams at either end. That may well have the effect of impeding anybody who is trying to access the Olympic lane. It is all very well having the lane on the stretch of the Marylebone Road that is planned - which is basically from Euston Station west towards the flyover to the Westway - but if there are huge jams at either end then getting on to the lane is going to delay people in any event.

Would it be possible, feasible, to suspend the bus lane that is currently on the Marylebone Road - whose imposition caused massive traffic jams when it came in as well - and turn that into the Olympic lane for the duration? Then buses would have to, for the 17 days, fight their way through the other two lanes of traffic along with everybody else. That would have the effect of not causing a massive gridlock jam at either end, either at the Kings Cross end or, indeed, a tailback all the way up the M40.

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Answer for Olympic Lanes (1) (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Olympic Lanes (1) (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I understand the point you have made, however, the consultation is currently going on. It is a very valid reservation to enter into this consultation now. I propose that you do so and we will work together and see what answer we can give.