London Cycle Network route 41 Ealing Common

MQT on 2018-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2018
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


When the London Cycle Network (route 41) reaches the Ealing Common section of the Uxbridge Road, cyclists must either cycle across two lanes of traffic or dismount to use a pedestrian crossing at the junction of the A406. Transport for London (TfL) informed Ealing Council that due to the need to "minimise impacts on bus journey times" they should remove a toucan crossing from their original mini-Holland bid.

Under your Healthy Streets approach could you confirm that TfL will no longer take decisions like this which prioritise bus journey times over providing safe, joined-up cycle routes?


Answer for London Cycle Network route 41 Ealing Common

Answer for London Cycle Network route 41 Ealing Common

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have asked Transport for London (TfL) to put the Healthy Streets Approach at the heart of its planning. This means prioritising active, sustainable and efficient modes of transport such as walking, cycling and public transport over private motorised vehicles.

As part of this approach, decisions on schemes must balance the outcomes for bus travel alongside those for walking and cycling. Bus travel has a key role to play in meeting my aim of 80 per cent of all journeys being made by walking, cycling or public transport by 2041.

Where TfL needs to strike a balance between different road users, it uses data and stakeholder feedback to determine the priority of outcomes on a case-by-case basis. The safety of all road users will always be paramount in the design of new schemes, in line with Vision Zero.

TfL's evidence-led and collaborative stakeholder approach to planning allows it to identify the key outcomes to be realised for any new scheme, taking every opportunity to achieve benefits for walking, cycling and public transport where possible.