TfL to defend judicial review over construction of cycle superhighway

Transport for London is to defend a judicial review challenge from black cab drivers over the construction of a cylcing ‘superhighway’ on the Embankment in London.

According to a report in the Evening Standard, the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association has applied for the judicial review on the grounds that TfL should have sought planning permission before beginning construction, rather than the highway coming under permitted development rules.

LTDA chairman Richard Massett told the paper that his members’ grievance was the disruption caused by the building of the highway.

Howard Carter, General Counsel of TfL, said: “We have received the LTDA’s judicial review claim and, despite having addressed their points previously, will respond formally in due course.

“Construction of the East-West Cycle Superhighway is progressing well and although we are having to work hard to manage areas of temporary congestion around the construction sites, the end result will make London’s roads safer for all, particularly cyclists.”
   

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