Drivers warned of road chaos lasting a year as cycle superhighway work begins in London

TfL tells businesses to expect disruption

Transport for London has warned that the construction of the new cycle superhighways, championed by Mayor of London Boris Johnson, mean drivers could face rush-hour delays for the next year.

Work has already begun in several areas of central London, affecting roads across the capital.

The scheme will see the construction of safer, segregated cycle lanes, requiring “extensive construction”, TfL has warned.

The plans include a new North-South cycle superhighway running from Elephant and Castle to Kings Cross; an East-West cycle superhighway from Lancaster Gate to Tower Hill; major upgrades and changes to the CS2 route between Aldgate and Bow roundabout; and an extension for CS5 between Pimlico and Oval, including an overhaul of Vauxhall Bridge’s cycling provision, and changes to the Vauxhall gyratory.   

The works are to go ahead uncontested after the London Taxi Drivers’ Association dropped plans to bring a judicial review against the scheme.

According to the Evening Standard, the LTDA’s Steve McNamara said: “At the end of the day, does London need protected cycling? Yes it does.”

“What we don’t want to do is issue a judicial review and all we achieve is delaying that by a year, and some cyclist gets killed in Parliament Square. I don’t want that. I don’t want blood on my hands,” he added.

A TfL survey of 21,500 people last year found that 84% of respondents backed the plans.

TfL said the works will have an impact on London businesses.

READ: Five reaons why cycling to work is good business, and how your company can benefit

TfL’s advice for dealing with traffic disruption

To keep your business running smoothly, you could:

Change the times you make or receive deliveries to avoid the busiest times of day

Use alternative delivery routes to avoid the busiest roads and areas

Let your suppliers know the best place to make a delivery to or collection from your business

Encourage employees that have flexibility to consider travelling outside the busiest times

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