Spurred by the apparently indefatigable Cyclists in the City’s post about the plans for Blackfriars Bridge, I wrote a very quick email to the relevant people highlighting my concerns. I also cced in Val Shawcross, chair of the Transport Committee, because she also happens to represent the area in which I live (Lambeth). I have just had a reply from Val Shawcross’s assistant. This is what it said:
Blackfriars Bridge scheme
I am writing on behalf of Val Shawcross AM concerning your email about the Blackfriars scheme. Val met with Richard Shirley, Senior Communications and Consultation Manager for Cycle Superhighways and Cycle Hire for Transport for London (TfL) on your behalf today to express your concerns.
Val was informed by Richard, that TfL have recognised the concerns from both cyclists and pedestrians about the new scheme. Furthermore, the consultation period has now been extended for concerned individuals to highlight their concerns. Val would like you to know that she will continue to liaise with TfL about this on your behalf and that she will stay involved until she gets the best possible outcome for cyclists and pedestrians .
TfL have also promised to keep her updated with the situation and we will email you with any updates Val receives.
I hope you will feel reassured that your concerns are being taken seriously.
Please do not hesitate to contact me using my details below if you require further information.
I will write a reply either later tonight or tomorrow night. First question will be how long the consultation period has been extended for, and whether they can confirm that this period is in fact only about the right-hand turn, with the rest of the plans already decided. If this is the case, I have no idea how Ms Shawcross can with a straight face claim to stand for “increasing the amount we walk and cycle”, as she does on the front page of her website.