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Cycle superhighway scheme approved

Words: Laura Edgar

The Transport for London (TfL) board has approved plans for the construction of two cycle superhighways through London city centre.

Last week, The Planner reported on Mayor of London Boris Johnson setting out his final plans for two continuous cycle routes that will run from east to west and north to south.

Johnson explained that the revised plans addressed concerns about potential traffic delays caused by the east to west route.

As well the approval of the north to south and east to west routes, the board also approved plans for CS1 and the inner section of CS5, and upgrades to existing routes – CS2, CS3, CS7 and CS8. Work on the schemes will begin in March.

TfL said that the schemes will cost approximately £160 million to deliver between now and the end of 2016, transforming “London’s streets and spaces to places where cyclists feel they belong and are safe.”

British Cycling’s policy advisor Chris Boardman said: “This vision for large-scale, properly segregated cycle ways will make cycling a more attractive transport option, creating a more pleasant, healthy and sustainable London for everyone.”

Speaking to The Planner, Rosie Downes, campaigns manager at London Cycling Campaign, said: "High quality cycle superhighways were one of the key measures that the Mayor of London promised to deliver when he signed up to London Cycling Campaign's 'Love London, Go Dutch' campaign in advance of the mayoral elections in 2012. The new routes represent a major advance in creating streets that are safe and inviting for people of all ages and abilities to cycle.

“This is a huge first step towards what the Mayor promised the London Cycling Campaign and our supporters at the last mayoral election. We commend him for this bold move that will help tackle congestion, reduce road danger, improve our air quality and make London an even more fantastic city for everyone.””

TfL explained that a programme of communication and traffic management will be carried out alongside the works to minimise traffic disruption to London roads, including investing in “sophisticated traffic signal technology, which allows better management of traffic depending on differing conditions at any given time."

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