I have just received a very long email from Alexander Jackson, TfL customer service manager, about Blackfriars Bridge.
Going through the email line-by-line and responding is a pleasure I will save for later. Right now, I only want to isolate one sentence:
“TFL is not expecting to see an increase in the amount of traffic using this junction from the original levels in 2008 (prior to any station works).”
The question is not whether there will be an increase in traffic, but how much the trend of decreased motor traffic will continue.
A longitudinal view of TfL’s screenline data for Blackfriars Bridge northbound from 7-10am from 1988-2010 shows us the following:
Adding an extra motor traffic lane and narrowing the cycle lane is indefensible.