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Westfield shopping centre set to keep us in cars and out of local shops

29 October 2008
On the eve of the opening of the Westfield shopping centre in Hammersmith and Fulham, Campaign for Better Transport [1] is surprised that the Council is appealing to Transport for London for help in reducing the congestion the shopping centre is expected to generate. The Council itself gave planning permission for the development over ten years ago and was warned at the time that it would make conditions even worse on already congested roads. 

From the beginning, the developers have predicted that around 40% of those arriving at the shopping centre will travel by car, using the 4,500 parking spaces provided in the development.

Richard Bourn, London Campaigner at Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"Westfield is not only going to create additional traffic but will put small shops out of business over a wide area. If it's serious about tackling transport problems, Government policy should be encouraging local shopping facilities which people can reach on foot and by bicycle, not allowing massive schemes with large catchment areas and a largely car-borne clientele in inner-city locations."

 

Notes for editors

[1] Campaign for Better Transport works to secure transport policies and programmes that improve people's quality of life whilst reducing environmental impact.