Concerns remain after London’s north-south cycle superhighway gets green light

The London Cycling Campaign and the Royal National Institute for Blind People remain concerned about accepted proposals for London's next cycle superhighway

The proposed cycle superhighway running from Elephant and Castle to King’s Cross has been given the go-ahead by London mayor Sadiq Khan after nearly 70 per cent of respondents to a consultation supported the plans.

The five kilometre route will either be fully segregated from traffic or on quiet back streets, connecting routes from King’s Cross to Hackney, Walthamstow, Camden and Swiss Cottage.

Fifty three per cent of respondents fully supported the proposals, with a further 17 per cent partially supporting the plans. However, certain changes were requested to redirect the route away from the headquarters of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), where vulnerable pedestrians could be at risk from the cycle lanes.

Original plans were also amended after concerns from residents in Camden and Islington, with a final design in development to be submitted to the respective councils, according to the Evening Standard.

“The extension of the North-South Cycle Superhighway will make a big difference joining up existing and planned safe cycle routes in this part of London, and make cycling a safe and practical option for thousands more Londoners,” Mr Khan said.

“We’re determined to learn all the lessons from previous superhighway schemes, and we’ve listened carefully to everyone who responded to the consultation. This includes incorporating wider pavements and more crossing points to ensure pedestrians properly benefit from the new scheme too.”

But while the public support the proposals, the London Cycling Campaign says the plans do not go far enough.

“We believe some lessons have been learnt, from TfL’s response, but some haven’t,” LCC’s infrastructure campaigner Simon Monk told the Standard.

“But too many ‘hook risks’ remain and the use of quieter streets on the northern half of the scheme will only work if these are truly quiet – the scheme fails to act on this fully – and risks failing to learn the lessons of CS1.

“This is a big and bold scheme, but it could be even bigger and bolder.”