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Hampstead actress Janet Suzman lambasts cycle superhighway CS-11

PUBLISHED: 10:32 22 August 2016 | UPDATED: 10:32 22 August 2016

Actress Janet Suzman has spoken out against CS-11 and said that ordinary cycle lanes would be a better solution

Actress Janet Suzman has spoken out against CS-11 and said that ordinary cycle lanes would be a better solution

Polly Hancock

Hampstead actress Janet Suzman has blasted Transport for London (TfL) for its determination to press ahead with Cycle-Superhighway 11 (CS-11) without factoring the likely construction of High Speed Rail 2 (HS2) into their modelling.

Mayor Sadiq Khan has told TfL to press ahead with CS-11 - although it could yet be modifiedMayor Sadiq Khan has told TfL to press ahead with CS-11 - although it could yet be modified

The actress, who lives in Keats Grove, is best known for her theatre work, and has now directed her dramatic turn of phrase onto TfL.

She said: “Their model is faulty.The government is forcing this stupid railway through against all sensible opposition and what with CS-11 and HS2, we will all be dead with dust emphysema if we’re not already dead from exhaust fumes as the whole are grinds to an angry halt.”

Ms Suzman suggests a less drastic scheme to improve cycling than CS-11, which proposes to remove the Swiss Cottage gyratory, narrow the roads for motorists and partially close Regents Park to vehicles.

She said: “This northern gateway into London is so very busy that common sense demands a simpler and this less vindictive solution.

“Those who pass through it on their merry way should have cycle lanes commensurate with the width of their machines – narrow enough not to squash a highway to a standstill. Regents Park should not become a velodrome. The gyratory should not be undone.”

She urged TfL to work with what is already there in order to achieve the same ends as CS-11 and provide a continuous cycling link between Swiss Cottage and the West End.

Ms Suzman suggests: “Take a little more space from a too-wide pavement and marry it with a little space from an existing road. Find parallel roads to main arteries for the bikers where possible.

“Don’t make a three-lane road a two lane road – it leads to congestion, cardiac infarctions and death-dealing pollution, and then how would the great Royal Free cope?”

Ms Suzman said it was disingenuous of TfL to count more than 3,700 signatures against CS-11 as a single objection in its consultation results.

She said: “Those partially supportive, and I hazard a guess here, would prefer everyone to be fitter and the pollution levels to drop, but not to the total detriment of residents who don’t – or can’t – bike.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has not yet said the scheme will definitely go ahead – and has indicated he may yet be prepared to modify the proposal.

Ms Suzman said: “Mayor Khan is an honourable and sensible man. He should properly review the worst excesses of this scheme and quell them – he’s the boss. We don’t just pass through – we live here.”

Ms Suzman’s comments were made as it was revealed the O2 Centre car park is one of seven sites under consideration by HS2 Ltd for a lorry holding area – which could bring hundreds of lorry movements a day into the area for years to come.

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