"Boris must act on Purley Cross traffic layout"

LibDem London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon has written to Mayor Boris Johnson demanding that he consults on an effective plan to reorganise the traffic layout at Purley Cross. In her letter Ms Pidgeon accuses Mayor Johnson of going back on an election promise to act on traffic chaos in the area:

“Despite having made a very public commitment in the run-up to the Mayoral election to divert funds from TfL's publicity budget into revamping the road network, you are now reported as saying that there is ‘little likelihood of substantial change’ unless Tesco steps in.”

Caroline Pidgeon, who is Vice-chair of the Assembly’s Transport Committee, slams the Mayor’s lack of effective action on Purley since he took office:

“Planning and parking policies which will stimulate the town centre and the local economy really should not depend on the whim of a major retailer. Local residents and business people look to you as Mayor to require TfL to take effective action.”

Ms Pidgeon goes on to point out that the best traffic schemes are those which draw on the knowledge and experience of local people. She urges the Mayor to ask Transport for London “to undertake serious local consultation to determine what the local community wants, and then develop a viable plan based on what they recommend.”