19 May 2010
London's major development opportunity areas are being wasted on out-of-date development schemes that fail to tackle transport problems, according to new research from Campaign for Better Transport.
In a report – 'Missed Opportunity Areas' (1) – Campaign for Better Transport shows how the planned development of two of London's largest remaining sites, Brent Cross / Cricklewood and Battersea Power Station, ignores emerging best practice and threatens massive congestion increases at the sites themselves and in the surrounding areas.
The report singles out Brent Cross / Cricklewood development in Barnet, north London, for particular criticism. It will have no significant new public transport but will provide parking for almost 20,000 cars, generate around 29,000 additional car trips a day and lead to even worse congestion on the local road network. Plans for Battersea Power Station in Wandsworth in central London are better, being based on a new extension of the Northern Line, but still include over 3,000 parking spaces and will have a severe traffic impact.
Richard Bourn, London Campaigner at Campaign for Better Transport, who conducted the research, said "These developments are a key test of Boris Johnson's commitment to making London 'the best big city on earth and the best big city to live in'. By giving his approval for Brent Cross, he has failed this test. More progressive, modern cities elsewhere insist on new public transport services for major developments and on creating urban environments which are not traffic dominated."
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has approved the plans for Brent Cross. Campaign for Better Transport is now calling on Eric Pickles, the new Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to call in the application for a public inquiry and on the London Borough of Wandsworth to refuse permission for Battersea Power Station until effective controls on demand for car travel are in place.
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