I have been contacted by a number of cycling organisations, who believe that TfL's plans for alterations to traffic arrangements at the north end of Blackfriars Bridge will make life difficult for cyclists and pedestrians. They also feel that consultation has been lacking. Please could you answer the following queries?
1. Please confirm which cycling groups you, or your officials, have been in contact with in order to consult them about the proposed changes.
2. Please confirm the details for the consultation on the proposals.
3. Please confirm that the current proposals involve the removal of the cycle lane from the junction of Queen Victoria Street southwards onto Blackfriars Bridge in order to facilitate a third traffic lane.
4. The cyclists have raised concerns that the lack of a left turn for cyclists from New Bridge Street into Queen Victoria Street would mean they would have to cross three lanes of traffic. Is this correct and if so what mitigation measures are TfL proposing to install to ensure cyclists are safe.
5. I also understand that a pedestrian crossing from Watergate Street to the north side of Queen Victoria Street is to be removed. Is this the case and if so how are pedestrians expected to safely cross the road?