|Traffic but not as we know it. Elephant & Castle as my |
grandparents knew it when they lived here.
During his defence of his anti-20mph policy, which you can watch in the video above, he often refers to advice given to him by his expert transport advisors. Let's just remember who these people are: In June, the man who is head of London's roads told us that there is no safety benefit to giving people two metres of space to cycle in, to protect them from larger motor vehicles. In saying so, he contravenes the Department for Transport and he also contravenes the guidelines prepared by his employer, Transport for London.
So far, so Boris Johnson. Anti-walking, anti-cycling, anti-tube users, even anti-developers. All in the name of 'smoothing the traffic flow'.
Almost all the commentary on Boris Johnson's statements yesterday has pointed out how dismal the future looks if you want to get about London in any other form than the private motor car.
When this rubbish scheme was first made public back in February I posted this article criticising the design of the scheme. Nearly 600 people took pen to paper and wrote to the Mayor to criticise the scheme. I've seen a large number of those letters. Most of them criticise the layout of the junction as well as the speed limit issue.
That volly of complaint resulted in some changes back in May. But note, I really only mean a handful of changes. You can review those amendments here.
If he doesn't come out and make a case for re-designing the urban motorway that TfL is planning here, then I agree with Crap Waltham Forest: It's war.