Andrew Gilligan, the Mayor’s Cycling Commissioner, attended the Dulwich Community Council meeting in November 2015. After animated discussion, it was announced that the various drastic plans to redesign the traffic flow around Dulwich, in order to accommodate the Quietways route, have been shelved.
However, some ‘tinkering’ at the bottom of Court Lane was required, he said. No such plans yet existed nor had any appropriate traffic displacement research been carried out. He said that new plans would be available for public consultation in January 2016 and that he remained open to suggestions from residents.
He shocked the meeting by saying he had the huge sum of £½ billion to spend on Quietways. Many suggested that this money would be better spent on hospitals and schools in London.
Andrew Gilligan seemed to lack knowledge of our existing traffic problems—a point noted by several attendees. When asked, he estimated that 4,000 children went to school each morning in the Dulwich area—the number is in fact nearer to 15,000.