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Monday 19 December 2011 10.28am
Hi all,

Wanted to alert you to the imminent removal of the cycle lane on Heygate Street, detailed here:

The document is easily missed as it was advertised as a 'minor public realm improvement', rather disingenuous if you ask me!

The plan is to remove the compulsory cycle lane on this route in order to build out a new pavement while the existing walking route is blocked by the redevelopment.

I've spoken with Cll Colley about it, it is not the Councils preferred option, which would be to narrow the road to two lanes, but TfL are being intransigent.

The lane is part of the existing Elephant and Castle bypass, the London Cycle Network and will be all the more important and the tipper trucks for the demolition start their work.

If you can email quoting reference PR/PD/TMO1112-028 by 22 December and object on these grounds, and support the councils preferred option, that'd be great.

Wednesday 21 December 2011 12.03pm
Pleased to report the council have looked again at this and found a way to keep the cycle lane:

Further to consultation responses to plans to remove 100m of cycle lane at the above location (in order to introduce a footway where there currently isn't one) our officers have now produced a plan which will allow the retention of the cycle lane. The width of the bus lane will be reduced to the minimum allowed. TfL have been consulted and have no objection. In addition the carriageway on the northern side of Heygate Street will be increased by 1m. In total this will provide the 1.5m that is need for a cycle lane along the full length of Heygate Street.

We are delighted to confirm the Council will be able to find the money for this vital improvement to our plans to make Heygate Street accessible and safer for both cyclists and pedestrians.

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