Brent Cross - trunk road delay

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1380
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Will you confirm that you still want to delay the expansion of the trunk road system around Brent Cross until Phase Two of the development?

Answer

Answer for Brent Cross - trunk road delay

Answer for Brent Cross - trunk road delay

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As is the case with most major new developments, necessary changes to the road and transport network are linked to the statutory planning process. In the case of Brent Cross Cricklewood, the full development will see many more people using the local area, whether by train, underground, bus, car, foot or bike; and roads in the area need to change to support this. The planning consent specifies in outline these changes to the road network, which the developer will pay for. It also stipulates that the improvements to the strategic (trunk) road network necessary for the full development are delivered as part of the first phase, which is principally associated with the Brent Cross shopping centre. This means the strategic road capacity will already be in place prior to the subsequent phases of the development. It has never been the case that these changes would be delayed until phase two of the development.

The changes to the strategic road network include substantial upgrading to the grade-separated junctions between the North Circular Road and the M1, A5 & A41 plus reconstruction of the Templehof Bridge. The developer is undertaking concept design of these changes to secure TfL highway and traffic approvals. The intention is then for TfL to take over the detailed design and construction of these works.

Of course, as part of the statutory planning process, environmental impacts have been assessed and more information on this work and planned mitigation can be found here: http://www.brentcrosscricklewood.com/planningapps/2013/planningapp.htm

In addition, as concept designs come forward for approval, and during detailed design and construction, TfL, together with the other highway authorities, will seek to further mitigate any adverse environmental impact and congestion on both the strategic and surrounding local road network.

Much of the public transport improvements are provided as part of the first phase of development and include a new and expanded bus station, enhanced bus services, bus lanes and other bus priority measures. Later phases include a new mainline train station and step free access at Brent Cross LU station.

Additionally the developer is committed to area-wide walking and cycling improvements, including subway improvements, new footbridges and cycle lanes, so as to reduce segregation caused by the North Circular and knit the development into the surrounding area.