Less than two months after it was announced by the Mayor of London, the giant trampoline ‘Bounceway’ planned for the Southbank appears to have been quietly scrapped by TfL, Labour London Assembly Member Val Shawcross AM has learnt.
The proposal, included in TfL’s £1.8m 'Future Streets Incubator' plan and described as “the world's longest urban trampoline”, was announced on 26th November last year and would have seen a giant trampoline installed close to the London Eye on London’s Southbank. Less than two months later it appears to have been scrapped despite TfL previously describing the scheme as ‘iconic’.
Under questioning from John Biggs AM at a recent GLA Budget Committee meeting the Mayor admitted the Bounceway had been dropped stating “I was very disappointed to see the fatwa issued by Sir Peter against the trampoline who decided, who gave a statement, that it wasn’t a mode of transport.” The Mayor continued “it doesn’t seem to me at first blush to serve any immediate transport purposes.” All mention of the Bounceway has also been removed from the TfL ‘Future Streets Incubator'project website.
At the time of the launch Labour’s London Assembly Transport Spokesperson, Val Shawcross AM welcomed the creativity of the project but questioned whether substantial funding from the transport budget could be justified on what was “more a tourism attraction than a transport project”
London Assembly Labour Group Transport Spokesperson Val Shawcross AM said:
“It was obvious from the start that whilst the Bounceway proposal was good fun, it was clearly of a tourist attraction, not a serious transport project.
“Whilst it’s a shame it has been axed entirely, it was never an appropriate use of hundreds of thousands of pounds in transport funding, especially when that money could be used to limit fare rises and improve services. I’m glad that TfL have finally come to their senses and are not being bounced into yet another costly off the wall idea with very little benefit for Londoners.”