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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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