Search

Downton Abbey star Jim Carter backs Boris Bikes for Hampstead and Highgate

12:56 20 January 2012

Jim Carter has backed calls to bring Boris Bikes to Hampstead

Jim Carter has backed calls to bring Boris Bikes to Hampstead

ITV

Downton Abbey star Jim Carter has added his voice to growing calls for the next Mayor of London to bring Boris Bikes to Hampstead and Highgate.

West Hampstead resident Mr Carter, who plays lovable butler Carson in the television drama, said the popular rental bikes are a “wonderful invention” and should be extended north from King’s Cross into the rest of Camden.

The keen cyclist told the Ham&High: “They are very popular and anything that gets people out of cars and on their bikes is good.

“I had a feeling that the reason they weren’t in Hampstead was because the hill might put people off, but the bikes might encourage people to cycle down the hill and to work.”

He spoke as calls for iconic bikes to come to the “Northern Heights” of Hampstead and Highgate have reached a new high.

The bikes are docked in King’s Cross and there are plans to bring them to Camden Town.

But so far London Mayor Boris Johnson has not extended them further north.

Frank Harding, of the Heath and Hampstead Society, said: “As a personal view I think it is an excellent idea to extend the bikes. I have been complaining quietly that they haven’t been up in Hampstead for some time.

“There will be a lot of people who use them. I am not sure that many people will ride back up the hill but they will certainly ride down.

“In Paris people get up to the top of Montmartre on their bikes, so it we shouldn’t let the hills put us off.

“You cannot park a car in Hampstead, so maybe you can park a bike.”

Richard Webber, whose acclaimed Highgate tourist booklets Northern Heights have been named the best printed publication by the influential civic society group the London Forum, said: “I think it is a great idea. It would draw more people to the area.”ghts have been named the best printed publication by the influential civic society group the London Forum, said: “I think it is a great idea. It would draw more people to the area.”

Will the London Mayoral candidates bring Boris Bikes to Hampstead and Highgate?

* Jenny Jones, Green Party

“Yes we are in favour. We want to start by making the London scheme as big as the Paris scheme. At present it is a third of the size. We think one of the aims needs to be to spread the scheme so that it is used more by Londoners rather than tourists and commuters.

“Through our work in the London Assembly the Green Party are pushing for the extension of the cycle hire scheme around London, and this includes Highgate and Hampstead.”

* Brian Paddick, Liberal Democrat

“Lynne Featherstone (MP for Hornsey and Wood Green) and the Liberal Democrats first advocated a bike scheme for London way back in 2001, but Ken Livingstone rejected the idea during most of his years at City Hall.

“It is a shame that it has taken so long to achieve even a limited scheme for London.

“I believe the bike hire scheme needs to be better run, obtain far more revenue from its sponsor and needs to be expanded in many directions. As the finances of the scheme improve, its expansion to places such as Hampstead should be possible.”

* Ken Livingstone, Labour Party

“The bikes cost £12,000 each, and to extend them across London would cost £1billion. We have got to find a way of bringing the price down.

“We want to bring it up to Hampstead and London-wide, but we have got to get the price down.

“If you put the cost of paying for it onto the buses then people aren’t going to be happy

“It is a bit of a hill up there, but there are some fit people in Hampstead. The main issue holding it back is cost.”

* Boris Johnson, London Mayor, Conservative Party

A spokesman from Boris Johnson’s campaign team said: “The bikes have been a huge success and we want as many people as possible to enjoy them.

“At the moment the focus is on the current expansion plans in east and south London.

“We will consider approaches of interest in expanding the scheme in other parts of London where feasible.”

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 08:00
Camden People's Theatre. Picture: Google Streetview

Dartmouth Park resident Benedict Cumberbatch has been at pains to remind his audience how distracting mobile phones can be during performances.

Sunday, August 30, 2015
Robert Stephenson-Padron with pet parrott, Coco Lee

Robert Stephenson-Padron, 30, is managing director of Penrose Care in Belsize Lane, Belsize Park. He also lives in Belsize Park. His company provides homecare to the elderly and gained national attention for paying its employees the London Living Wage, one of only four out of more than 1,000 organisations in the London homecare industry to do so.

Saturday, August 29, 2015
Three dogs have been poisoned

Three dogs have reportedly died after eating poison in Coldfall Wood in Muswell Hill

Friday, August 28, 2015
Michael McIntyre switching on Hampstead's Christmas lights in 2011  Picture: Polly Hancock

Funnyman Michael McIntyre has upset members of the Heath and Hampstead Society for crudeness - not of his jokes but plans to renovate his home.

Most read news

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder