Life in the fast lane! Footage captures minicab zooming down London’s flagship cycle lane

Updated: Jan 23

Footage of a careless private hire vehicle driving down a flagship London CYCLE LANE was captured by a stunned motorist.

The video shared on social media by @MoZailashi shows a silver Toyota Prius minicab pulling away at the traffic lights on the north side of Southwark Bridge.

Shocked bystanders then witnessed the private hire vehicle turn right and straight into the Upper Thames Street two way cycle lane. The car continued to accelerate eastbound despite the sound of horns to warn the minicab of their mistake.

Luckily there were no cyclists using the purpose built cycle lane at the time. Instead one cyclist was seen using the pavement to negotiate the £47million East-West Cycle Superhighway.

The cycle lane has come under heavy scrutiny since one of its two eastbound traffic lanes was removed in 2016. It is claimed that the lane has significantly increased journey times for motor vehicles since its inception.

Just over a year ago transport research firm, Volterra Partners, calculated that the consequent delay in journey times has left 15,000 East London businesses out of reach of a 30 minute drive from Westminster during the morning rush hour. In the evening peak, this figure rises to 18,000 businesses.

This minicab driver has found one solution to beating the delays!

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