Reacting to the Mayor of London’s launch today of his ambitious plans for an 18-mile ‘Crossrail for the bike’, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has said that access for freight movements and deliveries must be maintained.
FTA’s message to Boris Johnson is that whilst it supports the development of infrastructure which improves safety for cyclists, the Association is also asking him to remember that the people of London depend on goods being delivered and collected.
Natalie Chapman, FTA’s Head of Policy for London said:
“FTA supports the development of new cyclist infrastructure which is targeted on improving safety for cyclists, and believes it can provide real benefits. But cyclists are only one user of the road and the needs of all must be considered – Londoners depend on the goods our members supply every hour of every day. It is important that these schemes are carried out in such a way that does not unduly disrupt traffic flow or prevent kerbside access for deliveries to businesses and homes.”
FTA added that it must be recognised that delivery and servicing activity does not only take place in high street locations but on many different street types including residential streets, therefore, full segregation in these locations may hinder access for deliveries. In such areas, FTA favours the use of other measures such as ‘armadillos’ or giant cat’s eyes which provide partial segregation stronger than painted white lines, but at the same time enable vehicles to access the kerbside.
Ms Chapman added:
“Transport for London has engaged well with the freight industry on the CS5 route and detailed sessions on this proposed new north-south-east-west route are already planned, which is good. FTA wants this new scheme to work for all road users, so it is important that the right conversations take place with industry to ensure that new road layouts achieve this aim.”