A transport chief at Hounslow Council has criticised the lack of funding to increase cycling in the borough as 'perverse'.
In an email obtained exclusively by getwestlondon, the council's senior transport planner Mark Frost accuses Transport for London (TfL) of doing too little to support cycling in Hounslow.
He warns of 'missed opportunities' to provide safer cycling routes, due to a lack of funding from from TfL, in the missive, dated August 2 last year.
The email is one of a ream of documents received by getwestlondon under the Freedom of Information Act, after we asked for communications regarding the proposed Cycle Superhighway 9 from Hyde Park to Hounslow.
Addressing TfL scheme sponsor Charlotte Edney, he writes: "We are continually informed of the large amount of investment going into cycling from TfL and yet we find ourselves unable to access any capital funding at all for these important carriageway realignments on a key route (the A315) which has already benefited from significant design time and (been) highlighted as the spine of the borough's cycle network in our mini-Holland bid. This seems perverse."
Elsewehere in the email he complained there were 'literally missed opportunities every day' to make the borough's roads more bike-friendly.
TfL has told getwestlondon work on CS9 is paused pending a review into the future of its cycle superhighways programme.
It refused to reveal how much money had been spent so far on plans for the proposed cycle route or what budget was available should it go ahead, saying this information was commercially sensitive.
However, council contractor Hounslow Highways submitted an invoice to TfL back in September 2012 for more than 1,000 hours of surveying and modelling work related to CS9.
That is likely to represent a small fraction of the work done before and since by Hounslow, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea councils, through whose boroughs the 9.5km superhighway was due to pass.
However, an email from a senior transport officer at Kensington & Chelsea Council last August says Councillor Tim Coleridge, cabinet member for transport, had 'seemed open to at least continuing to discuss the CS9 proposal' at a recent meeting with TfL cycling tsar Andrew Gilligan.
Hounslow Council last year failed in its bid for TfL funding to turn the borough into a 'mini-Holland' by making it more bike-friendly.