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transport for london

23 petitions

Started 2 months ago

Petition to Transport For London, Sadiq Khan, Kate Hoey, Cllr Jen Mosley, Cllr Kevin Craig, Cllr Ben Kind, Leonie Cooper, Caroline Russell, Jenette Arnold, Shaun Bailey, Tony Arbour, David Kurten, Cllr Jenny Brathwaite, Sue Foster, Val Shawcross

TfL - rethink Waterloo Imax roundabout proposals without destroying our trees

Transport for London (TfL) wants to create a poorly placed 100m cycle lane that would destroy these mature tree amongst others, in the process.  It’s part of TfL’s plan to provide a concrete pedestrianised area by closing off part of the IMAX roundabout in Waterloo SE1 i.e. an essential transport route in south London and forcing traffic into quiet residential streets, thus causing more pollution and grinding London to a halt. The air quality in Lambeth is some of the worst in London. Our magnificent trees help to absorb carbon dioxide. The few lollipop trees that TfL propose to replace them with, would be nowhere near as big. This ill-conceived idea must be challenged. The proposed new 'public realm' that TfL wants to create would gain us only around 1065m2 of pedestrainised space compared to what we have now - that's less than 1/6 of a football pitch!  Most of this new space would be concrete and the handful of new trees TfL want to plant instead, would be mere saplings. Our existing trees are over 30m high and have stood on this public space for over 40 years, providing vital respite in the shade as well as being a home to many birds/wildlife. These changes would also mean TfL closing off a vital right turn into Stamford Street, a major eastbound link. No alternatives have been offered to reduce the pollution and disturbance that this would inevitably cause and residential streets would become congested rat-runs as a result. Green spaces should not be created by causing havoc in closing off roads. TfL are also proposing to close valuable pedestrian-only space i.e. the underpasses that surround the roundabout, thus forcing everyone to share limited road-level space and unnecessarily exposing pedestrians to vehicles and bicycles.  And creating random short cycle lanes that do not link to other cycles lanes is sheer madness (but it ticks London Plan boxes, right?) There must be a better layout for cycling. No one asked for this 'new public realm' that TfL wants to foist upon us; several pedestrian realms/spaces already exist e.g. outside St John's Church in Waterloo (King's Plaza) which is now under threat. This proposal would be an environmental disaster and a money-making scheme for TfL who want to put retail kiosks on the new pedestriansed space. Please spread the word about this petition to prevent TfL's misguided attempts to 'green' our city by creating more concrete and bottlenecks.

Treedom Fighters
380 supporters
Update posted 9 months ago

Petition to the mayor of london

Sadiq Khan - Stop TfL from imposing an unworkable cycle lane scheme on Enfield

Transport for London and Enfield Council want to inflict a catastrophically ill-planned cycle lane scheme on Enfield, in North London. They say that it would “transform our high streets and town centres, improve our health and create safe and secure cycle lane routes for everyone”. The first phase of the scheme along the A105 (Green Lanes, Ridge Avenue, Village Road, Park Avenue, London Road), from Enfield Town to Palmers Green has been approved by TfL. We want to stop Enfield Council from bulldozing through this scheme, in the face of overwhelming opposition from the majority of residents, businesses, the nine churches along the route and numerous community and business groups. The Council have said that it is “It’s about more than cycle lanes”.  Please read what is being proposed and see if you agree that this scheme would disadvantage the vast majority of the local population. What is being proposed? The two metre wide cycle lanes would run along both sides of a busy main road, through local shopping centres and residential areas. * This would lead to increased congestion and thus pollution. These risks are being ignored, even though they have been identified by the Council’s consulting engineers. * Bus lanes would disappear; more traffic lights would be introduced; traffic would no longer be able to pass vehicles turning right at several junctions and buses would hold up other traffic by stopping in the only traffic lane to allow passengers to get on and off. * At 22 bus stops passengers would have to use a section of pavement (called a “bus boarder”) which would also be part of the cycle lane cycle to get on and off buses. Since elderly people, young families with buggies and school children account for a large proportion of our local bus usage, this is a major concern. * These roads would become more dangerous for pedestrians. Whilst some new zebra crossings are planned, many traffic islands would disappear. Many of these are located in heavily used sections of the road, in our local high streets, outside churches, a large dance school and retirement flats. * Residents and businesses would lose parking spaces which are currently heavily used by people going about their daily lives. Mini cabs would no longer be able to drop off elderly people, some with disabilities, at GP surgeries, hairdressers, community centres etc. * Deliveries and collection of goods would become difficult or impossible for many businesses along the route. * Enfield Council’s economic consultants have told the Council that the scheme would NOT “transform our high streets” in any positive way; indeed they say it could lead to fewer shoppers and people using restaurants and takeaways and could put many businesses at risk. * Neighbouring routes would become rat runs. * Emergency service response times would take longer. TfL and Enfield Council have refused to consider an alternative route. Save Our Green Lanes campaign group are urging the new London Mayor Sadiq Khan to halt this highly unpopular scheme. Before the election he reassured our campaign group that "the needs of local residents affected by the cycle schemes must be paramount. It must be a workable scheme that takes into account the needs of disabled users among others”. If you believe that local councils should be accountable to their residents, please sign this petition and circulate to your local friends and neighbours. Thank you for your support! This petition will be delivered to:Mayor of LondonEnfield Council Transport For LondonGreater London Authority More information can be found at saveourgreenlanes.co.uk

Save Our Green Lanes campaign group
1,594 supporters