MAYOR OF LONDON’S ‘BETTER JUNCTIONS’ PROGRAMME COULD BE SCALED BACK FURTHER’ – LABOUR
Labour London Assembly transport spokesperson Val Shawcross has raised “serious concerns” about the progress of Mayor Boris Johnson’s ‘Better junctions’ programme after requests for an update on the project’s progress were refused by the Mayor’s office.
The Better Junctions programme was established to assess 500 of the worst junctions in the capital but was later ‘refocused’ by the Mayor to only tackle 33 of the worst performing junctions and gyratories across London, says a GLA Labour group press release.
Val Shawcross asked the Mayor last month when he expected the work on each of the 33 dangerous junctions to be completed.
“The Mayor’s evasive response that ‘this information will be released within the coming months’ has prompted fears that after the programme could be scaled back further” the statement added..
Val Shawcross said: “London’s cyclists and road users will be deeply concerned that more than two years on from the Mayor promising to review these danger hot points very little seems to have been done.
“Despite originally promising to review the 500 most dangerous junctions the Mayor has scaled this back to only 33, and now he can’t, or wont, even say what, if any, progress has been made on those.
“It is staggering that Boris Johnson has adopted such a secretive, snail-pace approach to this problem, especially given the cyclists killed and injured which prompted this review.
“As we head into winter and road conditions become more dangerous for cyclists people will want to know what is taking the Mayor so long.”
Val Shawcross is the Labour London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark. (Source GLA Labour group press release)