Bankside Urban Forest and Travel Planning jointed hosted a breakfast briefing on Tuesday 18 June to talk about the urban realm and how we can balance our living and moving needs. The event brought together Ben Plowden, Director of Planning, Surface Transport, Transport for London, Des Waters, Head of Public Relam Southwark Council, David Leam, Director of Infrastucture London First and local businesses. At the event, the audience got a taster of what to expect from the upcoming Mayor’s Roads Task Force report.
Ben Plowden, Director of Planning, Surface Transport, TfL said
‘London’s road network moves 80 per cent of people and 90 per cent of goods, and is crucial to supporting jobs, unlocking growth, and accessing all that areas like Bankside have to offer. The Roads Task Force report, launching in July, will make recommendations on how we meet both our ‘moving’ and ‘living’ needs’.
During the discussion, Better Bankside members welcomed the focus on ‘living’ as well as ‘moving’. Specific comments included the hope to see 20 mph speed limits as a option for major TfL roads in the area, as well as those controlled by Southwark Council. There was also a plea to find better ways to engage with local smaller delivery businesses.
Donald Hyslop, Chair of Better Bankside who facilitated the discussion said:
‘The Mayor’s Road Task Force report comes at a critical time for Bankside. Here, we are continuing to see rapid rates of development which challenges how we allocate space on streets and in public spaces for the additional employees and residents coming to the area. Bankside is also about to launch a joint resident and business Neighbourhood Plan which sets out how we want to see Bankside streets look in the future.’
The breakfast briefing gave participants the opportunity to try out Better Bankside’s new Travel Tool – which gives uses realtime information on all modes of transport within the neighbourhood, and to learn more about London’s first free on-street pitstop for bikes which opened in Bankside in the spring.