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TfL ramps up cycle efforts despite superhighway criticism


Transport for London (TfL) is pressing on with cycle superhighway plans at Nine Elms in south London despite recent criticism of its cycle network.  

TfL has based its plans on the results of a recent consultation, with 930 responses considered. The 2.5km stretch of Nine Elms Lane and Battersea Park Road will be completely redesigned to make them more people-friendly. 

The redesign will include a new substantially segregated cycle route connecting to Cycle Superhighway 8, which runs between Wandsworth and Westminster. It will include signals and junctions designed to separate cyclists and motor vehicles by time or space. 

New wider pavements will improve accessibility for pedestrians ad there will be 23 new or improved pedestrian crossings. The project is split into seven sections, with the first four ready for construction and the other three being redesigned. 

TfL director of strategy and network development for surface transport Ben Plowden said: “Our ambitious proposals to transform the streets around Nine Elms support the major regeneration of the area, which is bringing new homes, jobs, shops and parks to the local community.

“The improvements are part of our commitment to create healthy streets across the capital and include a new substantially segregated cycle route, newly designed junctions and transformed public spaces, for all to enjoy.” 

Taxi drivers oppose the new cycleway. In September the Licensed Taxi Divers Association (LTDA) urged  London mayor Sadiq Khan to rethink the cycle superhighway scheme, claiming that it will increase congestions and result in more pollution. 

But London’s Walking and Cycling commissioner Will Norman, said:  “I’m pleased that the plans for the eastern section of Nine Elms will be progressed including wider pavements, new and improved crossing points and segregated cycle lanes. 

“Feedback from the consultation will enable us to improve proposals for the western section, bringing further benefits to pedestrians and cyclists. This scheme will enable more people to walk and cycle, reducing car use which is crucial to cleaning up London’s toxic air.” 

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