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Transport for London give the go-ahead for new Cycle Superhighways

Work is set to start this year on new Cycle Superhighways once the London Marathon is over after a TfL board majority voted in favour of the proposals. After the first cycle superhighways consisted of little more than painted blue lanes on the streets designated for cyclists, the new lanes will be the first to give cyclists proper segregation from motor traffic. There are two new main routes – one runs for 18 miles East-West from Tower Hill to Acton, whilst the second route runs North-South from Elephant & Castle to Kings Cross.

The scheme is set to go ahead without a trial, but will be subjected to continuous assessment with issues addressed as the project proceeds. Further to this Transport for London have this week published a consultation to gauge opinion relating to the East-West Cycle Superhighway, looking in particular at the stretches of the route around Lancaster Gate, Hyde Park, St James's Park and Green Park, and Victoria Embankment. The deadline for this consultation is Sunday 29th March 2015 so please make sure your views are heard.

Jennifer Buchanan, solicitor with Fieldfisher says: "This is great news for all cyclists and we are relieved that this project has been given the green light. There are issues that will need ironing out as the project progresses and we would advise any cyclists to make their opinions known with respect to the consultation in terms of the how the route layout should be built. If we can get these two new routes designed properly and implemented correctly then it should encourage many more people to cycle in the centre of London, and safely away from dangerous vehicles".