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Regent’s Park gates row rumbles on as work starts on cycle superhighway

Construction has already been delayed nine months

11 May, 2018 — By Tom Foot

The proposed changes at Swiss Cottage

WORK on a controversial CS11 cycle superhighway is due to begin in a few weeks despite a row about closing entrance gates around Regent’s Park being unresolved.

Transport for London has announced it will be starting CS11 construction work in Swiss Cottage in July.

But the Royal Parks, Westminster Council, the Westminster Estates Paving Commission and TfL cannot agree on whether park gates should be closed to traffic.

On Wednesday a TfL spokesman said there had “still not been an agreement” between with the authorities and “so we have decided to press ahead with the northern end of the route”.

Andrew Gilligan, a “cycling czar” during Boris Johnson’s term as Mayor, has suggested the failure to close the gates renders CS11 “meaningless”.

This week, current Mayor Sadiq Khan’s walking and cycling commissioner Will Norman said: “Our plans will improve the environment around Swiss Cottage and make this busy junction safer for everyone who lives and works in the area.”

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