HL Deb 26 November 1997 vol 583 cc119-20WA
Lord Marlesford

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will encourage the Chief Executive of the Royal Parks to extend the facilities for cyclists in the Royal Parks generally, and in St. James's Park in particular, as recommended by the Royal Parks Review Committee chaired by Dame Jennifer Jenkins, beyond those indicated in the letter dated 5 March 1997 from the Chief Executive to Lord Taverne.

Lord McIntosh of Haringey

The Chief Executive of the Royal Parks is fully aware of the desire of Ministers to see additional provision for cycling in the Royal Parks. Cycle tracks have now been completed in Hyde Park on North Carriage Drive and alongside West Carriage Drive, creating a link for cyclists between Bayswater Road and Knightsbridge and allowing people to cycle all the way round Hyde Park. Further cycle tracks are proposed in Greenwich Park and Bushy Park as soon as funds are available.

In St. James's Park the Royal Parks are considering whether there is scope to put a cycle track along The Mall, as the review group report proposes, but the special nature of that area means there are a number of issues that need to be settled before a decision is reached. The World Squares for All proposals, which are currently the subject of public consultation, propose creating a cycle track along Horse Guards Road. The Royal Parks are also considering whether it would be feasible to install a cycle track along Queen's Walk in The Green Park and are consulting interested parties.