Southwark Liberal Democrats have launched plans for transport improvements locally and to make the borough cleaner and greener.
The main highlights of the plan would see:
- the London Cycle Hire Scheme extended across Southwark
- improved bus services to support local shopping areas and around the Rotherhithe peninsula
- three new tube stations on the Bakerloo line extension at Bricklayers Arms, Albany Road and Commercial Way/Asylum Road, as well as a branch to Camberwell Green
- funding switched from the proposed Garden Bridge to the Rotherhithe-Canary Wharf pedestrian and cycle bridge instead
- emissions-based resident parking permit charges and fines for drivers who leave their engines running when parked
- reconfigure the Rotherhithe roundabout to reduce congestion in Lower Road and Jamaica Road
Liberal Democrats would also ensure that local public transport capacity is a key part of assessing the viability of all regeneration schemes in Southwark, introduce a new walking strategy and audit the impact of TfL-led projects on traffic on residential roads.
At the last meeting of the council, Liberal Democrat councillors criticised the Labour administration’s lack of vision on transport, its unhealthy relationship with developers and its failure to get the best deal from its partners.
Residents complain regularly about the Council’s failure to hold Transport for London to account. Recent months have seen huge traffic jams caused by the new road layout at the Elephant & Castle and ongoing traffic chaos along Jamaica Road.
Liberal Democrats have also criticised the Labour council for its failure to tackle issues like air pollution. Instead Labour councillors prefer to just shift the blame on to others without taking any positive steps themselves to improve air quality for residents.
Southwark’s Liberal Democrat Transport Spokesperson, Councillor Damian O’Brien, said:
“Too many Southwark residents are suffering from daily traffic congestion and air pollution thanks to the Labour council’s complacency and lack of transport ideas.
“It’s not that the ideas aren’t out there, but the Council just lets Transport for London and developers walk all over them. Southwark should look to other London councils for innovative ideas to improve transport and air quality in the borough.
“Labour councillors also need to be tougher on developers before, during and after the planning process to ensure improvements to the local transport infrastructure are not left until after new homes or offices have been moved into.
“Southwark Liberal Democrats will keep fighting residents’ corner for cleaner, greener transport improvements to keep our borough moving.”