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TfL scraps cycle lane where woman died

TRANSPORT FOR London engineers last week removed a new cycle lane layout on Blackfriars Bridge after admitting it had been imposed without permission. The decision comes three weeks after a hospital worker was killed as she cycled north across the bridge.

Vicki McCreery died after a collision with a bus on 10 May just after the new scheme had been introduced.

The bus driver was later arrested and released on bail after what police described as a 'routine arrest to help us with inquiries.'

TfL admitted the traffic lane layout had been introduced without the requisite traffic regulation order.

'That was an error by the stewards and contractors, ' said a spokesman, 'and as soon as we were aware of it we ordered the removal of the new scheme.'

TfL refused to comment on the cause of the accident.

A coroners' hearing on the death has yet to be held.

The new layout extended a cycle lane at the northern end of the northbound carriageway across the length of the bridge, introducing a bus lane between cyclists and the pavement.

This left cyclists riding between buses and live traffic.

Left turning motorists also had to cut across the cycle lane at the northern end of the bridge.

TfL engineers are re-examining the options for a future layout and stressed that 'safety for all road users is at the top of our priorities'.

The accident raises questions about the often fragmentary and confusing nature of cycle lanes in London and other cities.

A spokesman for cyclists body CTC said it believed cycling was given less attention than it needed in road design.

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