Black cab drivers challenge London’s cycle superhighway in High Court

The Licensed Taxi Driver Association launches a High Court motion in an attempt to stop the construction of the east-west superhighway in London

Despite the fact that it’s already being built, London’s black cab drivers have launched a High Court challenge to the cycle superhighway, which runs along Victoria Embankment.

The Licensed Taxi Driver Association says the segregated cycle path is already causing serious disruption to traffic in the capital.

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They also claim that Mayor Boris Johnson is rushing the project through as a ‘last hurrah’ before he leaves office in May.

LTDA general secretary Steve McNamara told London24 the scheme is not the right one for London, adding: “Boris is implementing this scheme as quickly as he can before he leaves office at the end of April. It is being rushed through as his last hurrah.

“We don’t actually disagree that there should be a scheme, but we want to get the right scheme for London. The one being built is not right for our 24-hour city.

“There is evidence that it is sucking the lifeblood of London, causing traffic jams, with hundreds stuck bumper to bumper, poisoning everybody else with pollution.”

The LTDA’s lawyers argue that Transport for London should have sought planning permission before beginning the work on the east-west superhighway, which runs between Lancaster Gate and Tower Hill.

Work has already begun on the route, which offers cyclist a substantially segregated, two-lane cycle way across the city, with the route expected to be complete by summer 2016.