Safety row over CS2 cycle superhighway at ‘dangerous’ Stratford junction
- Credit: Archant
Cyclists have warned their safety is being put at risk over changes to a bike lane on a dangerous junction.
But Newham Council says the changes were made precisely to protect cyclists and avoid more accidents.
Newham Cyclists (NC), part of the London Cycling Campaign, say the removal of the CS2 cycle superhighway in the Tramway Avenue sliproad off Stratford Broadway, has made the route less safe for cyclists.
The route, which featured a path of blue paint on the road, was closed in September over safety concerns from the council, cyclists, pedestrians and police.
But Newham Cyclists say the council should have kept CS2 and used signs to flag up the sharp turning for drivers, citing a Freedom of Information response from Transport for London (TfL) which blamed “confusion and drivers’ behaviour” for the dangers.
You may also want to watch:
NC spokesman Arnold Ridout said: “They have sacrificed cyclists’ safety for the sake of putting up a few signs, and in order to make up for drivers’ mistakes.
“We think they should put back what was there to protect cyclists and use better and clearer signage.”
- 1 New developments given the green light in Newham so far this year
- 2 Steward admits lanyard theft ahead of Euro 2020 final
- 3 Woodford Green and Forest Gate residents criticise councils over flooding
- 4 Engineering student wins place at Princeton University
- 5 Forest Gate flats bid gets green light despite neighbours' objections
- 6 Grade II-listed building to become creative hub with £250k refurb
- 7 Win a pair of Carabao Cup tickets to Leyton Orient vs Queens Park Rangers
- 8 Inquest: Newham driver died of 'misadventure' after Redbridge police chase
- 9 Fried chicken outlet to open at Westfield in Stratford
- 10 Free fitness sessions on offer in Newham as parkrun returns
However, Newham Council said the CS2 route was removed by TfL, not the council, who only closed the risky sliproad. A spokeswoman said: “Following concerns raised by the police and cyclists and a number of serious near misses on this route, a decision to close the Tramway Avenue sliproad was taken in September.
“TfL’s contractors then removed the cycle superhighway route two extension at this junction.
She added: “We value the views of Newham’s cycling community and are committed to ensuring that there are safe cycling routes in the borough.
“We are working with TfL to review the design of the cycle superhighway route two extension to ensure a safer cycle route, and a large number of safety aspects are installed which will improve safety for cyclists, pedestrians and other road users.”