Transport for London (TfL), has given the new North-South Cycle Superhighway 11 (CS11) the go-ahead, providing cyclists with a continuous journey from Chalk Farm to the West End.
New Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has said that the route “will play an important role improving the quality of our toxic air, improving Londoners’ health, and make thousands more people feel comfortable cycling.”
The TfL backing follows the publication of the results of its consultation on CS11, held earlier this year. While 60% of the 6,000 responses supported the plan, the works involved have already sparked anger from some local residents.
The 37% who actively oppose the scheme claim that the closure of four out of eight gates in Regent’s Park during the works will cause chaos for motorists.
Nevertheless, TfL claim that “proposed changes to road layouts and junctions would make them safer for pedestrians as well as cyclists and encourage more active travel for people living, working or passing through the area.”
The Mayor has asked TfL to continue progressing the plans and continue to speak with stakeholders to address any outstanding issues, particularly about the impact on motorists and local traffic. He has also asked TfL to ensure any plans for construction take on board all lessons learned from the previous routes in terms of minimising disruption.