Cycle Superhighways (2)

MQT on 2016-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2016
Question By: 
David Kurten
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What is the cost to London's economy of the traffic chaos caused by roadworks building Cycle Superhighways and the permanent loss of lanes for motorised traffic?


Answer for Cycle Superhighways (2)

Answer for Cycle Superhighways (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Congestion is a real problem in London and its causes are complex.  It is estimated that the total economic cost of congestion to London in 2015 was around £5 billion. I recognise the cost to London's economy associated with congestion, and that it is a real drag on London's competitiveness. That is why I announced a series of measures in November to tackle congestion in London and improve journey reliability for all users of our streets.

The only long-term solution to London's congestion problems is a shift towards the more space-efficient modes - walking, cycling and public transport. TfL has adopted the Healthy Streets Approach in order to achieve this, and this will be a central component of my forthcoming Transport Strategy.

There has been an 11 per cent modal shift over the last 15 years away from private transport.  While reallocating road space to achieve this shift has made motor vehicle journeys slower in some locations, it allows for an efficient road network as more people can travel on the same amount of road space. After the completion of works, we have seen the impacts on journey times for general traffic decrease in many cases.

The recently completed Cycle Superhighway and Quietway routes have led to significant increases in cycling. During peak periods, around 7,000 cyclists are using Cycle Superhighway 3 (East-West) on Victoria Embankment and around 8,000 cyclists are using Cycle Superhighway 6 (North-South) on Blackfriars Bridge. These early counts demonstrate how efficient cycle tracks are at moving people around London, and these works are vital if congestion in London is to be alleviated in the longer-term.