Commenting on the launch today of the Mayor’s Transport Business Plan and its impact on Southwark residents, Liberal Democrat Transport Spokesperson Councillor Damian O’Brien said:
“This is a mixed bag for Southwark’s 3B’s: the Bakerloo line extension, the Bridge at Rotherhithe and the Bike hire scheme.
“It’s great that the Bakerloo line could come down the Old Kent Road earlier than planned. But the Labour council needs to fight for three stations in Southwark, including at the Bricklayers Arms, as well as a branch to Camberwell Green.
“The scale of regeneration that the Council is proposing for the Old Kent Road area will also require massive transport improvements before the new tube line opens. Yet the Mayor is silent on this key issue.
“It’s also good news that the long-running Liberal Democrat campaign for a new pedestrian and cycle bridge from Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf has the Mayor’s backing. Now he needs to pull the plug on TfL funding for the nonsense Garden Bridge idea and put the money towards the Brunel Bridge instead.
“It is hugely disappointing that there is no extra funding to expand the London Cycle Hire scheme in Southwark. Despite Liberal Democrat calls for action, the Labour council has sat on its hands for six years while other boroughs have raced ahead to deliver more bikes and docking stations.
“Southwark Liberal Democrats will keep fighting residents’ corner to ensure these key transport projects are delivered in our borough.”