Recently elected Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has given Transport for London the go ahead for planning to continue for the construction of Cycle Superhighway 11, which links Swiss Cottage and Oxford Circus.
CS11 has attracted some criticism due to the closure of four out of eight gates in Regent’s Park when the lane is in use, reports the Evening Standard.
Plans for CS11 were originally approved by previous mayor, Boris Johnson.
A public consultation relating to the construction of CS11 garnered over 6000 responses. Results published by TfL show that 53 per cent of respondents fully supported the scheme, with 37 per cent opposing it.
Some cyclists are among those opposing some of the plans, as they include raised junctions or ‘speed tables’ on the outer circle of Regent’s Park, which is used frequently by cyclists.
“Making cycling easier and safer benefits all of us,” said Khan. “Cycle superhighway 11 will play an important role improving the quality of our toxic air, improving Londoners’ health, and make thousands more people feel comfortable cycling.
“I am determined to learn the lessons from previous cycle superhighway schemes and I’ve asked TfL to continue to work closely with the local councils and stakeholders to ensure we minimise any disruption to motorists and other road users, both during the construction of the scheme and after it’s completed.
“This includes ensuring changes around Swiss Cottage gyratory benefit car-users who use that busy junction every day.”