MQT on 2017-11-16
Session date: 
November 16, 2017
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What should local residents do to persuade you to reconsider the current plans for Cycle Superhighway 9?

Supplementary Questions: 


Answer for CS9

Answer for CS9

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Could I thank Assembly Member Arbour for his question and for his interest in this matter and the representations he has made.  We are grateful.


We will deliver on our long-term plan to encourage more Londoners to walk and cycle, by implementing the healthy streets approach and investing in our streets to enable more people to walk and cycle.  I want to make it easier for people in west London to use sustainable travel and lead active lifestyles.  I also want to make the streets in the proposed CS9 route healthier, safe, and more welcoming places for everyone.  If we are to meet the ambitious targets, we must get many more people cycling.  The number one reason people do not cycle is because they do not feel safe.  Segregated cycle tracks on main roads like CS9, are one of the ways we aim to enable more people to cycle in London.  In addition to providing new cycle tracks that are segregated from motor traffic, the proposals include five new pedestrian crossings and upgrades to over 20 others.


It is fundamental to me that the views of local residents are heard on this and other schemes.  A criticism of the previous administration was they never were.  I appointed Doctor Will Norman as my Walking and Cycling Commissioner precisely to support this engagement.  Transport for London (TfL) recently completed a consultation with residents, businesses and other stakeholders on these proposals involving 70,000 letters, over 230,000 emails and 11 public events.  This has been a highly valuable exercise and I am delighted with the amount of invaluable feedback received from a wide range of people.  I was particularly pleased to see that two of the biggest employers in this part of West London, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Sky, responded.


All the responses to the consultation are now being reviewed and analysed to decide how best to proceed.  I know that both Will Norman and TfL continue to engage with residents, businesses and road users to address concerns and in short the proposals are as good as they can be.


Tony Arbour AM (Deputy Chairman):  Thank you very much, Mr Mayor.  I am particularly concerned with the part of CS9 which goes through the Chiswick High Road.  Are you familiar with the Chiswick High Road?




Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Not as well as I am with Tooting High Road!




Tony Arbour AM (Deputy Chairman):  If I were to tell you, Mr Mayor, that the Chiswick High Road is the sort of beating heart of West 4 - it is made up of more than 600 businesses and although it is described and its name is Chiswick High Road, it is more appropriately a high street in TfL terms.  I would very much welcome, before any decision is taken, that you actually visit Chiswick High Road to see what a wonderful place it is.  You have gone through, in your answer to me, and I do not dispute, really, anything that you have said about encouraging cycling, but so far as the Chiswick High Road is concerned, many of the things that you have said which will be created by a segregated cycle path, will actually not happen at all.  TfL itself has said, for example, that traffic will be slowed down considerably, buses going through the High Road will take an additional five minutes.  Would you not agree that in a road which has a heavy amount of traffic, the more traffic there is that is going slowly, the likelihood is that you are going to get more pollution?  Would you agree with that?




Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Let me deal with the premise of your question, which is slower traffic.




Tony Arbour AM (Deputy Chairman):  Yes.




Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  What the briefing says, is that the CS9 proposals would change journey times: some would become quicker, some slower.  So, for example, driving from Goldhawk Road to Holland Road, would be 3-5 minutes quicker in both the AM and PM, but I accept what you say that some journey times may well be slower.




Tony Arbour AM (Deputy Chairman):  I am specifically here speaking on this matter, Mr Mayor, on behalf of my constituents who live in Chiswick not those who live in Hammersmith and Fulham, I do understand your responsibility is for the whole of London, but my primary responsibility is for my constituents.  One of the things that this cycle route will mean is that there will be no bus priority route.  That again, is against one of your own policies.  I have in front of me TfL’s policy for Healthy High Streets.  It is true that this road is called a high road but, in fact, it is a high street made up of many, many independent businesses and the things that a high street is supposed to do is to look after pedestrians and this is what TfL say, “A high street shall provide a high quality environment for pedestrians.  It shall provide good facilities for service vehicles to ensure local businesses can easily receive deliveries.  It should improve road safety and it should increase accessibility.”




Many of the letters that I have received say, so far as Chiswick High Road is concerned, these proposals are not going to do any of that.  For example, I have an undertakers in the Chiswick High Road who say they are going to have very considerable difficulty in parking hearses.  Further down the High Road, I have the local Catholic church which says that people who want to use the Catholic church for things, for example, funerals, they are going to find that exceedingly difficult.  Can I say, therefore, Mr Mayor, that you should be looking at the policy for high streets, and the viability of high streets should be significant as far as this is concerned.  Can I ask you, Mr Mayor, are you aware that the Chiswick High Road runs exactly parallel to the A4, which is a wide arterial road where there is adequate room for cycling, for a segregated cycle path, and it is not going to create the kind of disruption that local residents and businesses think will happen on the Chiswick High Road?




Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  I know that this is something TfL and partner boroughs have given a lot of thought to.  Volumes of cyclists on this CS9 alignment are significantly higher than those on the A4.  Connectivity onto the A4 is not good, and it bypasses town centres.  Cyclists are residents, business owners and customers and by transforming these areas we are looking to make them more pleasant places for everyone to enjoy.  Of course, that is all subject to the responses to the consultation which needs to be considered.




Tony Arbour AM (Deputy Chairman):  Yes of course.  You have already mentioned one response which is from big businesses which are actually on the A4 rather than on the Chiswick High Road.  You have commented on the support from GlaxoSmithKline and Sky Television but because they are not actually directly affected and they are not directly on the route obviously they are going to be in favour of that.  What I am suggesting to you is, Mr Mayor, so long as the proposal persists in having a segregated cycle way here, you will be killing the goose which lays the golden egg which makes Chiswick the attractive place that it is.  Can I ask you that you personally will visit Chiswick High Road, you will have an extremely pleasant time, an extremely interesting time there, and you will see London as it used to be with proper traditional high street with lots of thriving businesses, which you may well kill off.




Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  I know that my Walking and Cycling Commissioner, Will Norman, has been there on a number of occasions.  I am happy to ask him to go again to meet with you and others but, as far as Chiswick High Road is concerned, the intention is not to harm Chiswick High Road, the businesses, or to do any damage to it, but I will make sure that the points you have made today are added to the responses we have already received.




Tony Arbour AM (Deputy Chairman):  Thank you, Mr Mayor.




Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Thank you.