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NCE Live News Updates Friday 15 November: Adonis calls for cycle superhighway review

Former transport secretary Lord Adonis has called for an urgent independent review of London’s cycle superhighways after a fifth cyclist was killed in nine days in the capital.

3.45pm: Fehmarnbelt bidders today attended a site visit to Lolland in Denmark and Fehmarn in Germany to prepare their tenders.

Around 125 representatives of nine international contracting consortiums were given the opportunity to inspect the areas where the forthcoming 19km long tunnel is to be constructed for the £4.4bn Germany-Denmark road and rail link.

The object of the so-called pre-bid conference was to give the contractors, which have been chosen to bid for the tunnel contracts the best possible understanding of the technical content and conditions in the proposed contracts.

The bidding contractors were among others given a presentation of the soil conditions in the Fehmarnbelt and on land. This is provided by activities such as a visit at a special excavation site near Rødbyhavn, where the contractors could actually see and handle the soil layers and their quality.

“We are in the midst of a vital phase in this major construction project, where the contractors are now in the process of drawing up their tenders for the principal tunnel contracts,” said project promoter Femern technical director Steen Lykke. “For our own part, we have a distinct interest in ensuring that the contractors gain the best possible understanding and appreciation of the project. This is a precondition for us to receive competitive and reliable tenders of the highest quality. That way, both we and the contractors achieve maximum value for money,”


11am: Today former transport secretary Lord Adonis has called for an urgent independent review of London’s cycle superhighways after a fifth cyclist was killed in nine days in the capital.

A unnamed man killed on Wednesday night became the fifth cyclist to die in the capital in nine days and the 13th this year.

He was hit by a bus at around 11.30pm on Wednesday evening near Aldgate East station at a junction of Whitechapel Road, on one of the city’s controversial cycle superhighways.

The string of recent deaths has prompted the former Labour transport secretary Lord Adonis to call for action.

“The mayor should appoint a rapid independent review of superhighways after the horror of all these cyclist deaths in London,” he said in a tweet.

Adonis’s call was echoed by Martin Key, campaigns director for British Cycling, the national governing body for cycling.

“The fact that five cyclists have been killed in London in the last nine days is shocking news and an urgent investigation needs to take place into what could have been done to prevent these deaths,” he said.

Key said that local authorities needed to acknowledge the growing popularity of cycling and do more to protect people on bikes by tackling dangerous roads and junctions and banning HGVs that lack up-to-date safety features.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Barry Walton

    I do not know the circumstances of the most recent death in London but we frequently share space with cyclists or see them riding alongside us across Bath between the railway station and the Theatre Royal. Without being certain I am pretty much satisfied that around half the bikes were without lights last Saturday night and would have been very difficult to pick out in the traffic. Of course I remain fully supportive of proper, safe cycle access.

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