LTDA loses High Court challenge to East-West Cycle Superhighway


The BBC is reporting that the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association legal challenge to the east-west Cycle Superhighway has failed.

With work underway, the challenge attempted to halt construction of the £47 million city spanning route, with the taxi org challenging TFL’s right to the undertake the project without planning permission.

Mr Justice Patterson has now rejected the LTDA claim that the Superhighway would have the caused “adverse environmental effect” and permitted the works to continue.

Though this particular project has been allowed to proceed, the Judge did suggest that future installations won’t necessarily be automatically granted the same permissions, stating “each scheme will need to be judged on its own facts.”

Steve McNamara, the LTDA’s general secretary had labelled the Cycle Superhighways as the Mayor of London’s “last hurrah” before he leaves office ahead of this year’s mayoral elections – taking place on May 5th. 

Labour’s Sadiq Khan and Conservative Zac Goldsmith are considered the front runners. The former yesterday told The Standard that he wouldn’t presently allow his daughters to cycle in London.

He said: ““What is clear to me is that we need to make it easier and safer for people to cycle around London. I want to accelerate the progress we have made over the last few years. That means rolling out cycle superhighways but learning the lessons from the previous generation.” 

Last week, transport expert and cycling advocate Christian Wolmar’s exclusively detailed on CyclingIndustry.News what he believes the next London Mayor will have to do to further develop cycling’s modal share in the city.

Read the full story on the BBC.