Amidst the controversy raging around the Cycle Superhighway (CSII) scheme one aspect seems to have been largely overlooked – not the least by Transport for London. At a time when TfL is about to reduce the numbers of bus routes using the Finchley Road, it is ensuring by the proposed new road arrangements at Swiss Cottage that the remaining buses will be subject to delay.
I have challenged TfL over these delays which they admit will affect northbound buses by an "up to 2 minutes" delay (which in my book means at least twice as much!) So why would anybody choose to switch from their car to a bus?
I also think it is unwise to proceed with the scheme until the question of the HS2 traffic is sorted or there may well be the sort of traffic overspill chaos the scheme’s opponents are predicting especially in view of the unknown effects of the monstrous Avenue Road development.
Everyone wants pleasant safe green travel but at the moment I'm not sure the left hand of TfL knows what the right hand is doing. They need to sort it out for the sake of all of us, particularly the unfortunate residents in the vicinity of Swiss Cottage.