Criticism for councils who removed covid cycle lanes too quickly

  • Video report by ITV Meridian's Tony Green

Dozens of travel schemes were implemented across our region during the pandemic, such as cycle lanes.

However, some have been swiftly removed in the face of local protests.

Work began last night to dismantled the cycle lane on Old Shoreham road in Brighton. Now the government has warned councils schemes that were scrapped too soon will affect future funding. 

Labour councillors in Hove voted to scrap the lane, shortly after declaring a climate emergency, but they insist it created more problems than it solved. 

  • Duncan Dollimore is Head of Campaigns, Cycling UK

A warning came in a letter from cycling minister Chris Heaton Harris warning council leaders that authorities  which have "prematurely removed or weakened such schemes should expect to receive a reduced level of funding.

Around the regions some have been quietly removed. In Kent, the council is preparing a new consultation on some active travel schemes that segregated cyclists from other traffic.