Friday, October 03, 2014

No Money For New Taxi Ranks Or Taxi Upgrades To LPG, But Mayor Finds £57m For Crazy Cycle Schemes

SEVERAL ROADS have been closed in the London borough of Waltham Forest as the first stage in an ambitious plan to create cyclist-friendly routes in the London borough. The council is improving its cycling infrastructure thanks to £27m of ‘mini-Holland’ funding from London mayor Boris Johnson. Kingston and Enfield councils have also been awarded ‘mini-Holland’ grants of around £30m each.

During the trial which will run from 26 September until 13 October, eight roads will be closed to through traffic. The measures are designed to reduce rat-running and encourage cyclists of all abilities to use the quieter streets.

The trial will also involve free cycle training (much needed by th minority if London cyclists), maintenance and free accompanied cycle rides through the area.

A council spokesman told LTT: “The expected reduction in traffic within the area will benefit the entire community, not just cyclists. Air quality will be improved, noise levels will be reduced and we want local residents and businesses to be able to reclaim their streets.”

The council has created an “enhanced town square” at the junction of Eden Road and Orford Road to encourage parents to let their children play in the streets.

Monitoring of traffic and speeds before, during and after the trial will demonstrate the impact on traffic levels, the council said.

“After the trial period is over, we will run a number of meetings and workshops to gather feedback on how the trial road closures operated, if there are any changes that should be made and whether the closures should be made permanent,” the council’s spokesman said.

He added: “We have spoken to businesses in the area and will continue to engage with them during the trial. We are continuing to meet and speak with residents and residents groups to discuss the trial scheme, what they like and dislike in their road/area and what would make them feel comfortable in cycling more.”

As part of the proposals for a Cycle Super Highway along Lea Bridge Road, the council is set to introduce a largely segregated cycle route. Where this is not possible, for example where road widths do not allow it, the council will use ‘armadillos’ or other means of semi-segregation.

The two-mile Lea Bridge Road cycle route will run from Whipps Cross to the border with Hackney. The Whipps Cross roundabout is also to be re-designed to make it more cyclist friendly – options include a contraflow style system and a T-junction.

Clyde Loakes, Waltham Forest’s deputy leader and cabinet member for environment, said: “One of the key ways the ‘mini-Holland’ project is aiming to improve cycling in the borough is by reducing the amount of rat-running in particular areas. Not only will the road closures make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians and improve air quality, but we also anticipate it increasing footfall in the area, giving the local economy a boost. 

“Monitoring of the situation before, during and after the trial will also help alleviate any issues that may arise, but I am confident this will prove very useful and help greatly with the implementation of mini-Holland.”

Editorial Commit:
So there you have it.
BoJo has found a spare £57m lying around and given it to cyclists who do not contribute 1p towards cycling scheme in the Capital.

The 25,000 Taxi drivers who between them contribute nearly £10m every three years in licence fees alone, are told:
"No money for new Taxi ranks, no Taxi scrappage scheme payments and no help to convert deisel engines to cleaner LPG".

Campaigner for a CarFreeLondon Rosalind Readhead said:

"Carfreelondon is a campaign to free up London’s streets for the majority of London householders who do not own a private car. I want to redress the balance of London’s streets to truly represent the changing face of London, where more and more people living here choose to cycle, walk or take public transport, or use all three modes!"

Rosalind doesn't say if she regards London's Taxis as public transport. 

But what a great start I would be to ban all private hire vehicles within a three mile radius of central London. Think of all the extra space that would free up and how much that would ease pollution. This is a measure that could save lives.

Considering the amount of support the Mayor, TfL and Number 10 have recently given to a certain Dutch based private hire company, can't see them doing this thought. 

    Source: TransportXtra


Rip Van Hendy said...

Double Dutch.

Another expensive vanity project that means nothing long term.

Anonymous said...

this fella johnson and hendy and all the other people at tfl are proper doughnuts.