Council & TfL miss another chance to improve Balham roads


key_AG_bike_tooting_bw.jpgThe local Liberal Democrats are delighted to read about our new Mayor's support for clean air routes to schools. Perhaps both the Mayor, the local Labour team and the Conservative led council could be more supportive of the series of safer streets petitions that the Lib Dems have run in recent years. 

Just one example is Tooting Bec Road, which is currently being resurfaced. Yet again, the opportunity to maximise the return from funds used on maintenance by also implementing on-going improvements as our understanding of road design grows has been missed.

Motor traffic volumes have almost halved 2000-2014 between Tooting Bec and Streatham, surely with that drop in motor traffic, there must be the space for proper cycle lanes similar to the ones which now grace Vauxhall, Oval and Embankment.

Alex Glassbrook, Liberal Democrat by-election candidate says:
In a similar way to our approach to the NHS, we need to take the long-term view. Too often our political system gets caught in short-term actions and loses sight of the direction we are heading in, which makes us all the poorer. Air pollution needs urgent action at all levels of government. Safer streets giving people real alternatives to driving where possible, is a big part of the air pollution solution which can be acted upon locally.


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