Huge boost for London cyclists after judges back Sadiq Khan’s scheme

Mayor of London vows to press ahead with ‘bold measures’ to reduce traffic in the capital after the Court of Appeal decision, writes Rory Sullivan

Thursday 17 June 2021 17:44
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<p>Mayor of London Sadiq Khan cycles down a new Streetspace bike lane in London on 23 July 2020 </p>

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan cycles down a new Streetspace bike lane in London on 23 July 2020

Sadiq Khan’s decision to close roads in London for a pandemic cycling scheme was lawful, the Court of Appeal has ruled, which could pave the way for an expansion of the “low-traffic neighbourhoods” plan.

Lord Justice Bean and two other justices overturned a January High Court judgment, which determined that Transport for London’s (TfL) measures should be “substantially amended”. An explanation of their ruling will be published soon, they said.

In the earlier hearing, Mrs Justice Lang had sided with two taxi groups, the United Trade Action Group (UTAG) and the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association (LTDA), which disputed the legality of the mayor’s “Streetspace” plan. Under this scheme, pavements were made wider and temporary cycle lanes were created.

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