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Fears Mayor Sadiq Khan would scrap Westway cycle superhighway plans confirmed

Transport for London cited "serious connectivity problems" and construction delays as reasons for axing it

An artists impression of the Westway cycle lane looking west (Pic: TfL)

Fears that Sadiq Khan would scrap plans to build a cycle superhighway on the Westway flyover have come true.

Labour’s London Mayor, Sadiq Khan , has axed plans which would have seen the creation of The Westway cycle track by sacrificing a lane of traffic for a cycle lane on the elevated stretch of the A40, which runs over Ladbroke Grove and Notting Hill .

The plans were the proposed extension of Boris Johnson’s flagship East-West superhighway to extend the so-called “ Crossrail for bikes” east of Hyde Park.

Transport for London cited "serious connectivity problems" and construction delays as reasons for the axing.

Mr Khan formalised the decision on August 5, despite an initial TfL consultation, in January 2015, finding 70 per cent support for the plans.

Fears were first raised last November by London Assembly Member Caroline Russell amid speculation there was opposition to the plan from Westfield Shopping Centre .

Former Mayor Boris Johnson launches London's first cycle superhighway in 2015(Image: Getty Images Europe)

Now, Transport for London says it is “assessing the feasibility” of an alternative route on Bayswater Road, Notting Hill Gate, Holland Park Avenue and Wood Lane.

Leon Daniels, managing director of Surface Transport at TfL, said: “After careful consideration of feedback from the public and local boroughs we have decided not to pursue a cycle route over the Westway flyover.

"Instead we are exploring the feasibility of an alternative cycle route which would include Bayswater Road, Notting Hill Gate, Holland Park Avenue and Wood Lane.

An overview of the East-West Cycle Superhighway running from Paddington to Acton (Pic: TfL)

Mr Daniels added: “The Westway route fails to deliver benefits for pedestrians, it would have serious connectivity problems in terms of getting on and off the route, and the significant road refurbishment that we need to carry out along the route between 2018 and 2020 would seriously delay construction.

“The Mayor and TfL remain absolutely committed to delivering a high quality cycle route in this part of west London and making walking and cycling in London safer and easier.”

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