December 5 2013 Latest news:
by Else Kvist, Reporter
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
A cycling campaigner has hit out at Newham Council for approving roads around Westfield Stratford City, which he believes do not meet the required standards.
A cycling campaigner has hit out at Newham Council for approving roads around Westfield Stratford City, which he says do not meet the required standards.
Arnold Ridout, of the Newham Cycling Campaign, said Warton Road has a cycle lane narrower than the width required by Transport for London. Warton Road is another causing concerns for two-wheelers, he said.
Mr Ridout said: “Very poor cycle facilities were constructed by Westfield and the council is in the process of adopting these roads.
“The solution lies in Newham not adopting these roads until Westfield install proper Dutch-style cycle facilities.”
The drawings for Stratford City were approved in 2005 and work started in 2008 on building the Westfield site.
The council says the roads were designed to previous highway standards and that new standards for cycling facilities, including the widths of cycle lanes, have since been introduced.
A council spokesman said: “Since work began on Westfield Stratford City, we have worked together to improve cycle safety and access through revised standards for cycling facilities, including increasing the widths of cycle lanes.
“The council has worked with the development consultants of Westfield to upgrade a number of the centre’s roads and improve cycle facilities.”
He added that the council is now working with Westfield and the London Legacy Development Corporation, which oversees the nearby Olympic Park, to ensure all existing and new roads on and around the site meet these new standards.
Newham Cycling Campaign is the borough’s branch of the London Cycling Campaign.