Going Dutch

MQT on 2013-10-23
Session date: 
October 23, 2013
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Despite your promise to Go Dutch, you are currently allowing unsafe, badly designed road schemes to be consulted upon that have minimal, or non-existent cycling provision, such as: Tottenham Hale, Cobden Junction and Tottenham Court Road. Nor do the plans for Aldgate roundabout deal with all the safety issues.  When will you start to make cyclist safety a priority in all road redesigns?


Answer for Going Dutch

Answer for Going Dutch

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My £913 million Vision for Cycling sets out my hugely ambitious cycling programme, with safety being a priority. A huge amount has already been done to make cycling safer and there's much more in the pipeline.

In all schemes that you mention, specific consideration has been given to provision for cyclists and it is therefore untrue to describe them as unsafe and badly designed.

In the case of Tottenham Hale, gyratory removal is a key aspiration of cyclists, which has been fulfilled by this scheme. Cyclists will no longer have to filter into the middle of fast-moving traffic to travel south on the A10. Separated tracks will be retained on Broad Lane, which will form the northern end of Cycle Superhighway 1.

TfL has worked closely with LB Camden to make Cobden Junction safe and attractive for pedestrians and cyclists, while maintaining the effective operation of the road network at this location. The proposed east - west cycle facility is not currently viable at this location, based on the severe negative journey time impacts for the very large numbers of bus passengers travelling through this location. Alternative east-west routes for cyclists, including significantly higher levels of provision, are under active consideration on Pratt Street and Delancey Street and via Oakley Square.

Tottenham Court Road, which is being promoted by LB Camden as the relevant highway authority, has not yet been subject to public consultation.  However, the design development process has involved input from local cycling representatives, TfL and my Cycling Commissioner. 

In respect of Aldgate, which is a City of London proposal, following the recent public consultation, a number of revisions to the scheme design have been proposed to further improve conditions for cyclists.