Campaigners lobby for more Boris bikes throughout Wandsworth

Campaigners lobby for more Boris bikes throughout Wandsworth

Campaigners lobby for more Boris bikes throughout Wandsworth

First published in Wandsworth by , Senior Reporter

Campaigners are lobbying the Mayor of London to bring the proposed expanded Barclays Cycle Hire scheme to the entire borough.

Last month Transport for London (TfL) released a map of potential sites for the docking stations, which included Battersea, Putney, Wandsworth Common and Northcote Road.

But the announcement provoked anger from people living south of the borough who felt they had been neglected.

There was also further disappointment when it emerged there were no plans to install docking stations outside Clapham Junction, with 60 docking stations coming to Wandsworth.

MP for Tooting, Sadiq Khan, has written to Boris Johnson this week in a bid to get the bikes in Tooting, Earlsfield and Balham.

He said: “The scheme has been fantastic in encouraging people to get active and tackling congestion, but if the Mayor really wants to change the transport culture in London, surely he needs to make the bikes more available?

“The decision not to extend the scheme throughout Wandsworth by 2014 has left many residents feeling forgotten.”

The Mayor has asked Transport for London (TfL) to prepare plans for a westward expansion of the scheme through the boroughs, as well as taking the hire scheme into Hammersmith and Fulham, Lambeth, Kensington and Chelsea

A spokesman for Transport for London said: “The Mayor would certainly be keen to take Barclays Cycle Hire to other parts of London if further funding becomes available.

“With about 30,000 journeys a day being made on our blue bikes, it is clear Londoners have embraced the Mayor’s scheme.”

MP for Battersea Jane Ellison, alongside councillor Russell King and campaigner Jon Irwin, are lobbying for docking stations outside Clapham Junction.

She said: “The biggest concern is the absence of planned docking stations at Clapham Junction. There is going to be a concerted push to get this changed.”

Consultation meetings took place across the borough from October 6 to 9 to help decide where docking stations will be put.

Email transportation@wandsworth. gov.uk for more information.

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