Monday, 28 February 2011

Blackfriars - response from Jenny Jones A.M.

"Dear Danny, 

Thank you for your email.

I share your concerns about the proposed changes to the layout of Blackfriars Bridge, which appear to make the situation worse for cyclists and many pedestrians.

I do not want to see any changes which will recreate the conditions which led to the death of Vicki McCreery, a cyclist who died on Blackfriars Bridge in 2004 as a bus changed lanes by going across her path

I have written to the Mayor asking him to immediately put on hold the TfL plans for Blackfriars Bridge and to give them his personal attention.  I have given the Mayor four suggestions:
* Make the bridge a 20mph zone and ask TfL to re-design it accordingly;
* Install bike lanes north and southbound – this will probably make the current plans for multiple lanes unworkable;
* keep the well used pedestrian crossing on New Bridge Street;
* consider changes to other central London bridges, such as banning cars from  Southwark Bridge and only allowing buses, taxis & licensed mini cabs;

I will let you know what response I receive from the Mayor, and will continue to publicise the issue.

If you would like to be kept informed about my work on cycling then please reply to this email and we will add you to our email circulation list (emails are sent approximately once a month).

Kind regards,


Jenny Jones AM Green Party Group