London mayor Sadiq Khan’s transport ambitions today suffered a further blow when the High Court blocked a new bike lane.
Setback for Sadiq Khan as court blocks new bike lane
The future of Cycle Superhighway 11 is now unclear after Westminster City Council accused Transport for London of failing to carry out a proper consultation process.
London Mayor, Sadiq Khan
Work on CS11 linking Swiss Cottage, Regents Park and the West End was due to start in July but is now on hold indefinitely.
The setback for City Hall follows Westminster Council’s decision to withdraw support for a controversial plan to pedestrianise Oxford St and a decision to delay the launch of Crossrail.
It’s clear from today’s outcome, TfL have not completed the due diligence that our residents deserve and the current CS11 proposals need to be assessed in more detail. TfL must consider the effects of the entire route before an informed decision can be made. As a result, we’re happy with the judge’s decision and call on TfL to work collaboratively with us and other stakeholders to ensure all impacts of CS11 and similar projects are fully assessed for the benefit of everyone, including residents, before they go ahead.
– CLLR TIM MITCHELL, WESTMINSTER COUNCIL
Cycle Superhighway 11 will play a crucial role in making the area safer for cyclists and pedestrians, removing the outdated, dangerous, and traffic-dominated gyratory at Swiss Cottage.
There is an urgent need for more safe cycling and walking routes into central London, and once again Westminster Council is obstructing plans that will improve the local environment and road safety for all Londoners.
Cyclists, pedestrians and Londoners desperate to see improvements for cycling and walking will be disappointed by the stance of Westminster Council.
– WILL NORMAN, WALKING AND CYCLING COMMISSIONER