Challenge to Embankment Superhighway

Our last blog post was about rising congestion in London and the impact of road space reductions such as the cycle superhighway on the Embankment. But London taxi drivers are not letting the matter rest. They have now lodged an application for a judicial review in the High Court on the grounds that TfL should have sought planning permission before beginning construction.

London taxi drivers are of course one of the groups who have been most severely impacted by road space reductions in London and have been threatening legal action for some time. Richard Maffett of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) suggested that cyclists safety could have been improved by other means and said “Roads are there to move goods and people around, and they’ve been gridlocked for the rest of London road users”.

Comment: One cannot but agree. See this note for our analysis of the scheme before it was approved: http://www.freedomfordrivers.org/Cycle%20Superhighway%20East-West.pdf

Roger Lawson

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