Olympic Park as a haven from motor traffic

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-03-16
Session date: 
March 16, 2016
Reference: 
2016/0999
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

In a recent television interview you said 'I still get on my bike and I just go off and cycle around the Olympic Park and I remember what it was like. It still has magic in that place'. Won't the magic be lost for all Londoners if the Monier Road Bridge is converted to a general traffic bridge, thus flooding the Park with vehicles?

Answer

Answer for Olympic Park as a haven from motor traffic

Answer for Olympic Park as a haven from motor traffic

Answered By: 
The Mayor

No, the Park will continue to be a great place for cyclists. Outline planning permission for the conversion of the Monier Road (H14) bridge to a vehicular bridge was granted, as part of the Legacy Communities Scheme, in September 2012. This forms part of a wider series of proposals for infrastructure enhancements to help improve future connectivity between Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Fish Island, as identified in the LLDC Local Plan (adopted 2015). These network enhancements are required to support future development in and around the Park (including the new neighbourhood at Sweetwater), and has been identified as a potential future bus route. An element of these wider infrastructure enhancements will be the provision of an additional bridge (H16) which will be provided a little further to the south, and which will be for cyclists and pedestrians only. These proposals therefore collectively help reduce barriers the two sides of the Lee Navigation for users of all modes, and ensure that cyclists will continue to have access to the excellent cycle routes throughout the rest of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.