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Boris launches consultation on 'Crossrail for cyclists'

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The Mayor of London has launched a public consultation over plans to introduce two major cycle routes through central London

Dubbed ‘Crossrail for cyclists’ the two routes have been designed to work as a continuous, high quality, segregated cycle lane across some of the busiest parts of the city.

The east-west route would run for 18 miles across the middle of central London from Acton in the west, along the Embankment to Tower Hill in the east, with a shorter north-south route running for three miles from Elephant and Castle in the south to King’s Cross.

Transport for London (TfL) has designed the scheme, which is part of the Mayor’s £913m ‘cycling vision’ for London, in conjunction with individual London boroughs.

Plans include changes to traffic layouts at Blackfriars Bridge, Lancaster Gate and Parliament Square, as well as plans to introduce a dedicated cycle lane on the Westway, which are still to be finalised. The new segregated lanes are expected to be a minimum of two metres wide in each direction.

The Mayor’s ‘cycling vision’ was launched after a series of studies showed that cycling in London had doubled in the past decade but remained dangerous at key areas within the centre of the city.

Leon Daniels, managing director of surface transport at TfL, said: ‘Cycling in London is becoming more popular by the day and these new cycle superhighways will further transform London into a continental cycle-tropolis for riders of all ages.

‘We will be working hard in the coming months to ensure that these schemes can be delivered as quickly as possible, while balancing the needs of all road users and look forward to hearing the views from Londoners and visitors to the city about these transformational plans.’

A separate consultation was launched by TfL in June to revise the London Cycling Design Standards to tackle poorly designed cycle lanes which have appeared across parts of the capital. The consultation covered a number of design issues including avoiding over-complication, narrow lanes next to narrow traffic lanes and lanes which cause conflict with other road users.

The cycle consultation runs until October 19, details can be found on the TfL website.

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