TfL and Boris Accused of Reneging on Congestion Promises

Ruth Cadbury says calls to reduce Hammersmith flyover related congestion ignored

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Labour Councillor Ruth Cadbury has accused Transport for London of “reneging” on their promises to prevent congestion in Chiswick and Brentford as a result of the problems with Hammersmith flyover. She claims that TfL, under Boris Johnson, is not interested in local roads, and their recent actions have made the situation worse.

Cllr. Cadbury said at a recent meeting, TfL had promised to direct traffic away from the A4 but had failed to do so.

“The Hammersmith flyover is now operating with one lane each way, and is closed to heavy vehicles, but the congestion levels have not eased. TfL have removed warning signs that were previously advising drivers to avoid the A4 into London so now the A4 is at a standstill in the mornings as far back as the M4 and traffic is diverting to the Chiswick High Road, and other local roads” she claims.

“HGVs and large coaches unable to use the flyover are adding to the problem, and TfL have reset the traffic signals back to normal settings, meaning north/south links such as Sutton Court Road are completely solid at peak hours."

Councillor Cadbury, who attended the recent meeting in Hammersmith and put forward some proposals for easing congestion, said “TfL, led by Boris Johnson, seem to have no interest in the impact their actions have on local communities and businesses, and have reneged on specific promises road users are safe. Their response to this situation suggests their priorities are elsewhere”

She added, “They promised at the public meeting on 14th January, to divert traffic away from the A4, and to improve their communications. They have ignored their commitment. To add insult TfL’s websites continue to promote First Great Western as the only public transport option and ignores their own tube, and other rail services. Boris Johnson, who is ultimately responsible for TfL’s actions, should consider all travellers, and not just car drivers using major through roads.”

Hounslow Council say that they need to continue with the emergency measures imposed in Chiswick such as 24 hour bus lanes and Sunday parking restrictions to help combat the extra congestion due to the limited operation of the flyover.

We have asked TfL for a response to Cllr. Cadbury's comments but have yet to receive a reply.

January 25, 2012