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Objections to road restrictions in Central

Reported via desktop in the Streetspace Feedback category anonymously at 11:52, Thu 22 October 2020

Sent to TfL less than a minute later. TfL ref: FMS2352520.

I'm writing to complain about the road closures for cycle lanes and especially about the closure of two lanes in Marylebone Road close to Euston and Kings Cross. I own a car but use it very little in London - I use it mainly when I'm working outside London. However, my mother is dying of pancreatic cancer and I have been driving across town to Chiswick to help her with shopping, care and to start the process of clearing the house. In other words - I drive across London in a car because I need to. Recently you have closed two lanes on the Marylebone Road which has caused very long tail backs. I believe it is unreasonable to close two lanes on a principal route through the city, especially when they are partly closed for bicycles which could reasonably be expected to use quieter streets parallel to the central thoroughfares. I support the installation of cycle lanes - although I don't use a bicycle and never will for health reasons - but I do not support the use of principle thoroughfares for cycle lanes. Sitting in those unnecessary tail backs has made me livid, and I'm not alone. In fact if Sadiq Khan could hear the vitriol on the streets he might reconsider his policies. The stress of driving in London is now worse than ever, and because so many local councils are closing roads local traffic is also funneled through the main streets. I understand that post lockdown councils are thinking about making their local environments greener, but closing streets has not reduced traffic or pollution - it has simply concentrated traffic and pollution in smaller areas. We do not live in the leafy fields of Suffolk. We live in a very big city and people in this city need to use vehicles for work, for weekly shops, for moving house, for deliveries etc - that is the reality. Post Covid people are avoiding public transport - not least because you are not policing the trains or buses and fewer people on public transport are wearing masks. Traffic will not reduce overnight unless systems and incentives are introduced that allow it to reduce. Also, because you're all restricting the routes that traffic can take, certain residents, schools, and offices are now having to live with traffic queues outside their house for many more hours in the day. Perhaps only the rich residents have a right to quiet streets - which is how it seems to most of us?

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    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by TfL at 14:24, Thu 22 October 2020

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