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Pop up cycle lanes around Sutton High Street removed

Sutton Council has removed the pop-up cycle lanes in Throwley Way and St Nicholas Way.

The trial measures were launched in September 2020 to create a dedicated space for people to cycle and provide a safer, active, greener travel alternative to the car for journeys to Sutton town centre as the first lockdown restrictions were relaxed.

Recent traffic survey data and consultation feedback have highlighted that the trial has not achieved its objectives – the number of cyclists has not grown and car use has returned to pre-lockdown levels.

The cycle lanes were part of Transport for London’s capital-wide Streetspace programme to protect public health by creating space for social distancing. Streetspace measures also encourage active travel transport choices, such as walking and cycling, due to the ongoing reduced public transport capacity.

The decision to remove the cycle lanes was taken under delegated powers by officers based on traffic survey results and responses to the council consultation on the cycle lanes.

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NHS warning about scams linked to Covid-19 vaccination

The NHS in south west London is warning people to be on their guard for scams linked to the coronavirus vaccine that aim to get their financial details and steal money.

It follows reports that some people are receiving suspicious calls and text messages offering the Covid-19 vaccination.

Dr Nicola Jones, local GP and GP lead for the roll-out of the vaccine in south west London, said: “The vaccine is a vital part in our defence against Covid-19 and we know people are excited about getting their jab, but sadly it also means being aware that opportunistic scammers and fraudsters will be looking to take advantage of the roll-out.

“Coronavirus vaccines are only available on the NHS. Remember, the vaccine is free of charge – at no point will you be asked to pay. When it is the right time, you will be contacted by the NHS, your employer, or a GP surgery local to you to receive your vaccine.”

The NHS will never:

  • Ask you for your bank account or card details
  • Ask you for your PIN or banking password
  • Arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
  • Ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.  

No entry will be granted to any vaccination site without an appointment and people are urged not to call their GP to get an appointment, everyone should wait until they are contacted by the NHS.

Anyone who has concerns about whether an approach is genuine should speak to their local GP surgery.

Anyone receiving a call they believe to be fraudulent should hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police online or by calling 101.