The London Assembly Transport Committee has today written to the Deputy Mayor for Transport asking what the future for Streetspace now holds in the city and what
Transport for London (TfL) will do in the short and long term to respond to the recent High Court ruling.
Transport for London launched its Streetspace for London scheme in May 2020, aiming to accommodate up to ten times the increase in cycling and a five time increase in walking across the capital.
The scheme kicked off as Londoners turned to walking or cycling instead of public transport to get around safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. It involved introducing bus-only corridors, developing the cycling network, and repurposing footways to provide more space for social distancing.
On 20 January, the High Court ruled that parts of the Streetspace scheme, including bus-only corridors and stopping access to taxis, were considered unlawful. The High Court quashed the "Streetspace" plan, Interim Guidance to Boroughs and the A10 Bishopsgate Traffic Order.
Dr Alison Moore AM, Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee, said: “The High Court judgment on TfL’s Streetspace for London expansion has left many questions unanswered about the knock-on effects for schemes across the capital. The future of Streetspace could well be hanging in the balance.
“The Transport Committee has today written to the Deputy Mayor for Transport asking how TfL now plans to respond to the ruling and what will happen to existing Streetspace schemes.”
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