Removing cycle lanes in Richmond

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-09-19
Session date: 
September 19, 2012
Reference: 
2012/2465
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Are you aware that the consultation by Richmond Council on the Twickenham street scene and Highways scheme could lead to the loss of cycle lanes as the footpath is widened. Do you still maintain the Transport for London policy of not allowing council's to spend Local Improvement Plan money on schemes that remove cycle facilities?

Answer

Answer for Removing cycle lanes in Richmond

Answer for Removing cycle lanes in Richmond

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I welcome the news that Richmond is planning to revitalise Twickenham town centre and particularly, in the light of the fantastic success of London 2012, that it aims to do so in time for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. I am aware there are elements of the draft proposals that have raised some concerns locally and that these have been flagged with the Borough under the recent consultation exercise.

However, I am also aware the Borough has moved swiftly to address these concerns and is now recommending cycle lanes be introduced to link to the Advanced Stop Lines that are also proposed at every junction within the area covered by the scheme. In addition, a proposed 20mph speed limit to be introduced across the whole town centre will bring benefits particularly for cyclists and pedestrians.

It remains the case that Local Implementation Plan funding cannot be used for measures that would compromise my Transport Strategy objectives. Consequently, TfL officers continue to work with colleagues at Richmond to ensure their scheme delivers real and achievable benefits for all who live, visit, shop and do business in Twickenham.