Petition to: stop Transport for London's ill-planned Cycle Superhighway 11 scheme in Swiss Cottage, Avenue Road, St John's Wood and beyond.

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We the undersigned petition Westminster City Council to stop Transport for London's ill-planned Cycle Superhighway 11 scheme in Swiss Cottage, Avenue Road, St John's Wood and beyond. More details

Petition update from the council, 28 October 2016

Response to petition

This catastrophically ill-thought out scheme will cause massively increased congestion resulting in gridlock, increased air pollution and will bring a large part of London to a halt affecting many thousands of commuters, local residents, small businesses and will endanger lives by increasing emergency vehicle response times. This scheme must be scrapped or totally redesigned.

Traffic modelling, to assess the impact of these proposals, has only been carried out by Tfl for the section of the route between Swiss Cottage and Marylebone Road. No traffic modelling has been carried out for the Portland Place section of the route. Additionally TfL’s traffic modelling has not included known developments, including High Speed 2 (HS2) and the St John’s Wood Barracks.

It is unfortunate that the traffic modelling undertaken by TfL has not been shared fully with the public and stakeholders through the consultation process. TfL has limited the release of data, which sets out general traffic and cycle journey time impacts along the Cycle Superhighway 11 route, bus journey time impacts and pedestrian wait times at signal controlled crossing locations along the route. This level of traffic modelling data is not sufficient to enable affected parties to quantify the traffic impacts associated with the proposals, and to understand how TfL intends managing the traffic passing through the area. TfL has suggested that traffic will be controlled through its Active Traffic Management (ATM) strategy, however it has not quantified how it will do this.

It is essential that TfL undertakes additional traffic modelling and shares the modelling assumptions with the City Council and its residents and businesses. This will assist all stakeholders in understanding fully the traffic impacts associated with the Cycle Superhighway 11 (CS11) proposals. The City Council supports the strong local feelings that TfL should adopt a holistic approach by considering the combined impacts of several schemes and major redevelopments in its modelling of CS11. There is significant concern that TfL’s modelling needs to consider the redevelopment of the St John’s Wood Barracks and the potential traffic impact of HS2, albeit that the works for the latter will not happen for at least five years.

Due to the lack of clarity of the traffic impacts of the proposals, the City Council objects to the proposed closure of the four gates in The Regent’s Park (Macclesfield Bridge, York Gate, Park Square West and Park Square East). The City Council has been consistent in its advice to TfL and The Royal Parks Agency of the need to take measures to slow traffic on the Outer Circle for this scheme, rather than adopt gate closures.

Two options are presented in TfL’s consultation for the Portland Place element of the scheme, which comprise either advisory cycle lanes or segregated cycle lanes, yet TfL’s traffic modelling completed to date has not included Portland Place. The City Council cannot indicate a scheme preference without understanding the traffic impacts of both options.

The City Council’s position on Cycle Superhighway 11, as set out in the Cabinet Member Decision dated 24th March 2016 (refer to background papers) is that The City Council cannot at this stage support the proposals. The City Council therefore objects to the proposals being implemented on behalf of its residents and businesses who, together with the Council, have requested detailed information on the traffic modelling work undertaken on several occasions.

The City Council acknowledges the Cycle Superhighway 11 consultation report https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/cs-11/user_uploads/cs11-consultation-report-final.pdf-1, which was published on 3 August 2016 and is summarised below.

The Cycle Superhighway 11 consultation report received 6,270 responses from various stakeholders, residents, businesses and others to TfL’s consultation, of which 60% supported or partially supported the CS11 proposals. 37% did not support them, while 3% said they were not sure or did not give an opinion. Four petitions were also submitted to TfL regarding CS11; three in opposition and one for the proposals.
The main comments raised during the consultation were:

- Concerns of the negative impact on motor vehicle traffic, which will adversely affect congestion, air pollution and journey times.
- Concerns over the raised junctions proposed in The Regent’s Park and how they will impact the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.
- Support in principle of improved cycling provision, more segregation and extension of the scheme further north.
- Concern over the peak hour closures of gates in The Regent’s Park and the negative impact it will have on motor traffic.
- Concern the impact CS11 will have on motor vehicle dependant road users, such as, emergency service vehicles, disabled, elderly etc.
- Concern for the impact other developments in the vicinity will have on the CS11; for example, HS2.
- Support for the gate closures, as it will improve the park for all users and visitors.
- Support for Option B in Portland Place, which proposed segregated facilities for cyclist.
- Concerns over banned turns, such as College Crescent and Hilgrove Road, making motor traffic journeys longer, potentially displacing traffic (including HGVs) onto nearby minor roads.
- Comments expressing a view on the quality of consultation process, such as dissatisfaction with the consultation publicity; concerns about traffic modelling; calls for more information on the scheme’s benefits; dissatisfaction with the timing of the consultation.

No decision has been taken, as to whether TfL intends to proceed with CS11. TfL will continue to give proper consideration to the full range of issues brought to their attention through the consultation process. TfL will also continue to discuss the potential impacts of the proposals with key stakeholders through a series of meetings and plan to announce their decision later in 2016.

More details from petition creator

The Finchley Road, Avenue Road and Regent's Park currently act as traffic-calming filters allowing large flows of traffic travelling in from the M1 at Brent Cross and beyond safely and efficiently into Central London.

This catastrophically ill-thought out scheme will cause massively increased congestion resulting in gridlock, increased air pollution and will bring a large part of London to a halt affecting many thousands of commuters, local residents, small businesses and will endanger lives by increasing emergency vehicle response times.

This scheme must be scrapped or totally redesigned.

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