Watch: Bin lorry blocks new London cycle lane during collections

Footage shows dustcart using the new segregated CS5 during refuse collections

A video has emerged of a Lambeth Council contracted refuse collection vehicle using a newly opened Cycle Superhighway in London.

As shown in the footage from YouTube user Chad Bikes London, the lorry drives along a section of the bike path whilst workers go about emptying bins.

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The incident took place on November 19, and the local authority have contacted the cyclist in response to the video.

“Manager has confirmed this shouldn’t happen. They’ve spoken to contractors to ensure this isn’t repeated,” said a spokesperson said on Twitter.

The cycle lane shown in the footage forms part of a new mile-long section that links Oval with Pimlico without the need to ride in traffic.

The new CS5 was officially open last week when Mayor of London Boris Johnson rode across Vauxhall Bridge to greet waiting journalists and photographers.

The photocall didn’t quite go as he might have hoped when a commuter going in the opposite direction flicked him a one-finger salute.

Johnson has since reacted to the incident in very characteristic fashion.