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Cyclists Amongst the Many Beneficiaries of the Council's Plans to Transform Sloane Square

Published on January 26, 2007 at 5:04 AM

Cyclists will be among the many beneficiaries of the Council’s plans to transform Sloane Square, according to the country’s largest cycling organisation.

In a letter to the Council, The Cyclists’ Touring Club’s (CTC) representative for Kensington and Chelsea, Philip Benstead said: “I wish to offer my support on behalf of the CTC for the Council’s Sloane Square proposals. The reconfiguration will offer increased opportunities for less conflict between traffic on the carriageway and pedestrians on the pavement. The staged crossroads will also ameliorate speed and aid lane discipline for both cyclist and motorist traffic.”

This latest endorsement comes as the Council is about to embark on a third and final consultation on its much-publicised plans for the famous square.

The Council’s plans for Sloane Square involve creating a large public open space by introducing a staggered crossroads. The proposals already have widespread support, from, amongst others, the Evening Standard, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, English Heritage, leading architect Lord Rogers, Transport for London’s new heritage advisor Edmund Bird, London TravelWatch, Lord Colwyn and the Royal Court Theatre.

The reintroduction of the crossroads would replace congested pavements with two spacious paved areas at the east and west sides of the square connected to the frontages of Peter Jones and the Royal Court Theatre. Removal of the gyratory would result in an increase of over 50 per cent in the public usable space, the equivalent of five tennis courts.

Mr Benstead continued “With the congestion charge being extended into this area there is likely to be a reduction in motorised traffic movement and this scheme will enhance the experience for non-motorised use of Sloane Square.”

Cllr Daniel Moylan, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Planning Policy and Transportation, said: “CTC is the latest in a long line of prominent organisations to publicly back the Council’s Sloane Square proposals. The plans will dramatically improve the pedestrian environment and will also make cycling in and around the square a more pleasant experience. I look forward to residents and businesses supporting the redevelopment scheme at the forthcoming consultation.”

The Council’s plans to redevelop the square have been well publicised and two consultations have already taken place. A further consultation will be taking place in February when members of the public will be able to consider the Council’s preferred option and an alternative proposal based on retaining the current gyratory layout.

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