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The transport strategy falls short

02 August, 2019

• ISLINGTON Council is having a consultation about its transport strategy, but I think it is very badly thought out.

It is very easy for Islington saying that they want to be “green” and stop pollution, however the plans are not the way forward for various reasons – getting to work where there is no public transport; or even getting cabs to go to hospital appointments; or disabled people who have mobility cars, or families with children etc.

And how will emergency vehicles get through? No mention of these in the proposals. In addition, businesses will suffer if they cannot get deliveries or customers. Archway is a prime example of this. Also, the majority of cyclists in Islington ignore the cycle lanes, and many cycle on the pavements.

Transport for London have changed the majority of bus routes in Islington where many now stop short of their old destination and some no longer cover routes.

The buses in Islington are constantly packed to capacity and there isn’t room for more passengers on them. I suggest you look at the chaos of Oxford Street where it is buses only that are tip to tail because there are so many.

An example is where a bus journey from Tottenham Court Road station to Warren Street used to take 10 minutes, but since plans similar to this proposal were introduced there, it now takes up to 30 minutes.

Can I please suggest that before you even consider spending horrendous amounts on this scheme – and I don’t believe any consultation will make any difference as it will go ahead anyway – spend the money repairing every pavement and road in Islington please, as you always say you never have the money for this?

And as for consultations… have you looked at the times when the drop-in ones are taking place, during the day, when many are at work, and the only evening one is at Archway which isn’t affected by this scheme? Why aren’t there evening or weekend ones at the Town Hall? Are you hoping for low turnouts so as you get what you want?

Finally, you are spending money, yet again, on cyclists – cyclists, who pay nothing whatsoever to use the road. How about making cycling helmets compulsory? Through our council tax we are all subsidising them. So how much is all of this costing please?

MARTIN RUTHERFORD
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