City of London’s new transport plans will make Embankment congestion even worse

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The City of London Corporation has just unveiled its new draft transport strategy. And it’s bad news for Embankment road users.

Over the next few years the City plans to ban cars from half its roads, impose a 15 mph speed limit and build a 2-metre wide cycle superhighway all over the City.

This will put more pressure on roads around the City – including the Embankment – as traffic is displaced off City streets and forced to take alternative routes. It will mean worse congestion and more exposure to pollution from drivers struck in traffic.

And will put further strain on the bus network, with the boss of bus operator Go-Ahead London, warning that passenger numbers are falling because of delays caused by London’s endless traffic schemes. That means less revenue for TfL and ultimately fewer buses.

There has to be a sensible balance between the needs of all road users and the City’s plans do not strike that balance. Something’s got to give. We strongly urge the Corporation to reconsider their strategy.

Embankment cycle lane “really added to traffic” says Tory mayoral hopeful

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Wannabe Conservative mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey this morning said that the cycle super highway on the Embankment hasn’t worked and really increased congestion.
The current member of the Greater London Assembly was answering questions on Nick Ferrari’s LBC breakfast radio show alongside fellow tory candidate hopefuls Andrew Boff and Joy Morrissey.
Bailey went on to say that he wasn’t sure if he would have put the cycle lane in place and raised concerns about the road space it takes up.
He rightly added that protecting cyclists was a must, but the effect cycle lane routes have on London should be looked at.