Transport for London has won an appeal against a ruling that its Streetspace scheme to close roads to cars was unlawful.
The original case was brought by taxi drivers in January, when the High Court deemed that the programme, which is designed to encourage walking and cycling during the pandemic, was introduced unlawfully.
However, London’s financial paper City AM reports that mayor Sadiq Khan’s appeal argued that the scheme was a “vital” addition to London’s transport network during the pandemic, when people were instructed to avoid public transport.
The paper quotes a statement saying, “
Making a statement this evening, the newly-reelected Mayor called the decision a “vindication” of the programme.
“Our world-leading “Streetspace” schemes are helping protect the health of Londoners, and this decision reinforces my determination to make it safer and easier for Londoners to walk and cycle, and to help ensure a green and sustainable recovery from the pandemic”, he said.
“The Judges’ decision today, along with the vote from Londoners on 6 May, is a double mandate allowing us to continue with our bold measures. Our changes to Bishopsgate make it safer for people walking and cycling. This central London scheme is the centrepiece of the work we have done across the capital during my first term.”
(Graphic – Transport for London)