Outgoing mayor Boris Johnson has today announced that London’s new East-West Cycle Superhighway will be fully opened on April 30.
Johnson took the opportunity to tell motorists that the “end is now in sight” for the disruption that the contruction works have reportedly caused.
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The opening of the 12 mile route, that links Barking to Westminster, falls just a week before Johnson leaves office. City Hall says the entire route is either segregated from traffic or runs down quieter roads.
Motorists and taxi drivers have been among some of the most vocal opponents of the scheme, with Lord Sugar saying that Boris “needs a whack” for the disruption the associated road works had caused the billionaire.
The London Taxi Drivers’ Association even contested the cycle superhighways in the High Court, but their challenge was rejected.
Despite some loud opposition, a recent survey found that in fact 71% of people supported the building of cycle lanes on main roads.
According to Johnson, the first segregated route – which runs from Oval to Pimlico – has seen an increase in cyclists of 73%. This route was opened in November, but his presence wasn’t to everyone’s liking.