Plans to build a segregated urban cycle lane through London have been confirmed, after the proposals received strong support at its consultation from local residents (with 84% of 21,500 respondents backing the plans). With full backing also coming from Mayor of London Boris Johnson, work is expected to start in just a few months and cost around £58M to complete.
The proposed cycle path will have both east-west and north-south routes, running between Barking to Acton and King’s Cross to Elephant & Castle. Transport for London (TfL) hope that these new routes will ease congestion on the roads and provide a safer option for London cyclists.
As with any London transport plan these proposals do not go without opposition, in this case from the Canary Wharf Group, the London Chamber of Commerce and the City of London Corporation. However Johnson has made amendments to the original proposals in order to suit them, with the revised route now causing “worst case” motorist delays of six minutes rather than the original sixteen.
Boris has explained that these new plans are accommodating of the changing London travel habits of the last decade, whilst vehicle traffic has fallen by 25% the number of cyclists has doubled. With cyclists now accounting for a quarter of all London rush hour traffic, it is seen as about time that this is responded to.
He went further: “We have done the biggest consultation exercises in TfL’s history. We have listened, and now we will act. Overwhelmingly, Londoners wanted these routes, and wanted them delivered to the high standard we promised. I intend to keep that promise. But I have also listened to those concerned about the east-west route’s impact on traffic. Thanks to the skill of TfL’s engineers and traffic managers, we have made changes to our original plans which keep the whole of the segregated cycle track and junctions, while taking out much less of the route’s motor traffic capacity- and so causing much shorter delays.”
These developments of London transport are important to us at Blueprint as many of our contractors work in and around the London area. Furthermore we are hopeful that this will bring new opportunities for our clients and contractors alike to work on this project.
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