Cycling UK also accuses HS2 of putting lives at risk
12 minutes ago
HS2 is reneging on legally binding commitments made by the Government to ensure cycle safety, putting lives at risk and costing the taxpayer more, according to Cycling UK.
Making its submission yesterday before High Speed Rail Bill Select Committee (West Midlands – Crewe), Cycling UK said HS2 is offering “pathetic” commitments to the safety of vulnerable road users.
The charity fears mistakes made during Phase 1 (London to West Midlands) risk being repeated in Phase 2a (West Midlands to Crewe), citing poor budgeting as the reason for failures to date, adding that HS2 is “penny-pinching on the costs of tunnels and bridges”.
In 2014, following petitions from Cycling UK, Government gave assurances that HS2 would discuss how to provide cycle friendly conditions in HS2-related highway works, broadly in accordance with well-established design standards adopted by both Transport for London and the Welsh Government.