Cabbie Union Loses High Court Fight On Cycle Lanes

Andy Thornley
By Andy Thornley Last edited 26 months ago
Cabbie Union Loses High Court Fight On Cycle Lanes
Part of the segregated lanes already constructed in Westminster. Photo: Matt Brown from the Londonist Flickr Pool

London cabbies union, the LTDA, has lost its High Court battle with Transport for London to order a judicial review of the east-west cycle superhighway scheme in London.

The LTDA had argued that transport bosses in City Hall needed to obtain planning permission for the scheme under EU rules because it was a ‘development’. The judge saw it differently, however, and sided with TfL, who had deemed the scheme an ‘improvement’ — therefore not requiring permission.

Quite where the LTDA planned to go with legal action is somewhat of a mystery as works started in April last year and are due to be completed by this summer. The LTDA argued that the disruption caused by the works had caused massive delays.

The cycle route stretches from Westbourne Grove to Tower Hill via Victoria Embankment and features segregated lanes which separate people on bikes from traffic. Cycle commuting is significantly increasing with TfL recently projecting (PDF) people on bikes will outstrip private cars in London’s rush hour in the next two years.

The LTDA are in a different action today as a huge protest in Westminster about deregulation and the impact of Uber on their trade.

Last Updated 10 February 2016


Most of us in the private and public sector have experienced our employers, jobs and security changed out of all recognition whilst LTDA's member have escaped this to trade in a time-warp cocoon. I now regularly witness and hear LTDA's members abuse to my PHV drivers from the windows of the cabs or on social media. London is approaching "peak car", cyclists and pedestrians continue to die on the streets yet LTDA refuses ostrich-like to understand or accept they must adapt. I regret I have stopped using cabs as a result and hope one day LTDA members will show more respect towards PHV drivers, accept cyclists and pedestrians right to a greater proportions of road space and stop driving so aggressively against cyclists.