- ROSS LYDALL
- Thursday 10 November 2016
erhighway that will pass Buckingham Palace should finally be completed next year, cycling campaigner Chris Boardman believes.
There were concerns Transport for London would leave a “half-mile gap” in the largely segregated Tower Hill to Hyde Park route due to cuts and logistical headaches. It was due for completion in May but TfL only started work on Constitution Hill last month and has been unable to set a date for the Spur Road and Birdcage Walk sections.
Boardman, the ex-Olympic champion and policy adviser to British Cycling, said Val Shawcross, the deputy mayor for cycling, told him the route “is going ahead as planned”.
Green assembly member Caroline Russell, who will question Sadiq Khan on the delay and his discussions with Royal Parks next week, said Ms Shawcross told her construction on the Birdcage Walk section was possibly due to start next month.
TfL this week revealed an £11 million “slippage” in the amount it had been due to spend on cycling this financial year.
New TfL budgets will be set by the Mayor, who pledged to make London “a byword for cycling”, this month. TfL said it was working hard and that construction will extend into the new year.