Peckham High Street (2)

MQT on 2018-10-19
Session date: 
October 19, 2018
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In light of the latest tragedy on Peckham High Street, where a woman cycling suffered life-changing injuries after a collision with a lorry, will you use your influence to call for the Peckham Square development to be paused and for Transport for London (TfL) to offer funding for an urgent study into the viability of a cycle superhighway in this location?


Answer for Peckham High Street (2)

Answer for Peckham High Street (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I was saddened to hear about the incident you describe in Peckham High Street.

Together with Transport for London (TfL), I take road safety extremely seriously. As you know, I have committed to a ‘Vision Zero’ approach to make London’s streets safer for all.  My Vision Zero Action Plan sets out a series of bold measures to help us eliminate death and serious injuries from London’s roads by 2041, including bringing in a world-leading safety standard for lorries, alongside investing record amounts in building new infrastructure to make walking and cycling a safe option across the capital.

As set out in my Strategic Cycling Analysis, TfL has identified potential demand for a cycle route between Deptford and Oval, and will begin initial planning work early next year. While the alignment is still to be determined, the route will be planned to offer a safe and convenient route through Peckham to Deptford and Oval. TfL is also working with the London Borough of Southwark to develop plans for a new 4km cycle route linking Peckham with Rotherhithe. This would link Peckham with destinations such as Canada Water and Surrey Quays, and connect other cycling routes such as Quietway 1 and the proposed Cycle Superhighway 4.

The proposed Peckham Square development is a planning and property matter for the London Borough of Southwark. TfL has commented on the planning application as a statutory consultee. The application is not referable to me for a decision. 

I will continue to work with third parties, including boroughs and developers, to identify opportunities to make London’s streets safer for all.