Sadiq Khan was heckled by London black cab drivers outside City Hall to shouts ‘of Destroyer of London’ today as the Mayor’s war on motorists sabotages the capital’s route to recovery. 

Video shows Mr Khan walking to his office to the backdrop of angry London black cab drivers as a furious crowd gathered outside City Hall to protest his destructive anti-car campaign. 

The Mayor marched with his back turned away from the cab demonstrators and refuses to acknowledge their complaints as he is branded ‘the Destroyer of London’, ‘hypocrite’ and ‘c***’.

Protesters had marched across London Bridge towards Bishopsgate holding banners that read ‘Khan you have blood on your hands’ and ‘Islington residents say NO to forced road closures – we demand to be heard’.

A crowd gathered outside the London Mayor’s office chanting ‘Khan Out’ as a spokesman implored cab drivers and residents to protest Mr Khan’s £225million plan to carve cycling lanes out of major roads.

The spokesman declared: ‘This is the end game. If this is successful, it ain’t never going to go back if we don’t do anything, and these road closures are going to get bigger and bigger and bigger.

‘This is going to be Khan’s legacy, so when he leaves office he’ll go round the world giving speeches on how he changed London for the good. So basically today what I’d love all of you to do – this is not the end, this is not the beginning. This is the beginning of all of us, local residents from all areas in London.

Protesters had marched across London Bridge towards Bishopsgate holding banners that read 'Khan you have blood on your hands' and 'Islington residents say NO to forced road closures - we demand to be heard'

A crowd gathered outside the London Mayor's office chanting 'Khan Out' as a spokesman implored cab drivers and residents to protest Mr Khan's £225million plan to carve cycling lanes out of major roads

Protesters had marched across London Bridge towards Bishopsgate holding banners that read ‘Khan you have blood on your hands’ and ‘Islington residents say NO to forced road closures – we demand to be heard’. A crowd gathered outside the London Mayor’s office chanting ‘Khan Out’ as a spokesman implored cab drivers and residents to protest Mr Khan’s £225million plan to carve cycling lanes out of major roads

Protesters had marched across London Bridge towards Bishopsgate holding banners that read 'Khan you have blood on your hands' and 'Islington residents say NO to forced road closures - we demand to be heard'

Protesters had marched across London Bridge towards Bishopsgate holding banners that read ‘Khan you have blood on your hands’ and ‘Islington residents say NO to forced road closures – we demand to be heard’

‘Islington, Hackney, Lambeth, Southwark – I implore you, come together on social media – there’s all groups out there. We need local residents to come together and the cab trade.

‘Tell Khan and the GLA (Greater London Authority) that we have had enough. We can’t live like this anymore.

‘So, on an ending note, what we all need to do is share this with local residents. Go back to your organisations and say ‘look, you might not want to do it, but we really need to do it’.

‘If we sit back and let him do it, we’re going to be history. They don’t care about us at all’. 

MailOnline has approached Mr Khan’s office for comment.    

It comes amid revelations that pop-up cycle lanes set up to get Britain moving again are lying empty while traffic is squeezing onto narrowed streets, bringing the capital to a halt, it can be revealed. 

MailOnline visited some of the key cycle lanes across the country at the height of the rush hour to gauge how busy they are, only to find them chronically under-used with cyclists criticising them as well as motorists. 

Video shows Mr Khan walking to his office to the backdrop of angry London black cab drivers as a furious crowd gathered outside City Hall to protest his destructive anti-car campaign. The Mayor marched with his back turned away from the cab demonstrators and refuses to acknowledge their complaints as he is branded 'the Destroyer of London', 'hypocrite' and 'c***'

Video shows Mr Khan walking to his office to the backdrop of angry London black cab drivers as a furious crowd gathered outside City Hall to protest his destructive anti-car campaign. The Mayor marched with his back turned away from the cab demonstrators and refuses to acknowledge their complaints as he is branded 'the Destroyer of London', 'hypocrite' and 'c***'

Video shows Mr Khan walking to his office to the backdrop of angry London black cab drivers as a furious crowd gathered outside City Hall to protest his destructive anti-car campaign. The Mayor marched with his back turned away from the cab demonstrators and refuses to acknowledge their complaints as he is branded ‘the Destroyer of London’, ‘hypocrite’ and ‘c***’

Our research in London, where Transport for London is leading its own £33million scheme, shows that on the Euston Road, just 7 cyclists used the designated lane over a 15-minute period.

Meanwhile 420 cars fought their way through traffic while in Park Lane, Mayfair, just 21 cyclists used the lane as 400 cars battled past.

In Liverpool, on busy arterial route West Derby Road, just 2 cyclists used a pop-up cycle lane during a 15-minute period in rush hour, compared with 300 cars.

Motorists voiced their fury at the delay to their journeys as they sat stationary next to the vacant bike lanes, whilst cyclists complained that the idling, gridlocked traffic was making air pollution worse.

MailOnline’s findings came as new research released today shows congestion levels in London are now higher than they were before Britain went into lockdown in March – and have risen by 25 per cent in just a week. 

The new cycle lanes form part of Transport for London’s government funded Street Space scheme, which is designed to encourage people to walk or cycle to work and school as an alternative to public transport following the easing of lockdown.

In Manchester, where a similar scheme was set up, a pop-up lane lasted just 48 hours before it was removed by the council after outrage from drivers. 

Pop-up cycle lanes set up as part £250million plan to get Britain moving again are lying empty while traffic is squeezing onto narrowed streets, bringing the capital to a halt, it can be revealed. Pictured: A pop up cycle lane on West Derby Road, Liverpool

Pop-up cycle lanes set up as part £250million plan to get Britain moving again are lying empty while traffic is squeezing onto narrowed streets, bringing the capital to a halt, it can be revealed. Pictured: A pop up cycle lane on West Derby Road, Liverpool

MailOnline visited some of the key cycle lanes at the height of the rush hour to gauge how busy they are, only to find them chronically under-used with cyclists criticising them as well as motorists. Pictured: a pop cycle lane on Tooting High Street, London

MailOnline visited some of the key cycle lanes at the height of the rush hour to gauge how busy they are, only to find them chronically under-used with cyclists criticising them as well as motorists. Pictured: a pop cycle lane on Tooting High Street, London

Our research shows that on the Euston Road (pictured), just 7 cyclists used the designated lane over a 15-minute period, while 420 cars fought their way through traffic while in Park Lane, Mayfair, just 21 cyclists used the lane as 400 cars battled past

Our research shows that on the Euston Road (pictured), just 7 cyclists used the designated lane over a 15-minute period, while 420 cars fought their way through traffic while in Park Lane, Mayfair, just 21 cyclists used the lane as 400 cars battled past

Motorists voiced their fury at the delay to their journeys as they sat stationary next to the vacant bike lanes. Pictured: A pop-up cycle lane in Sale, Manchester

Motorists voiced their fury at the delay to their journeys as they sat stationary next to the vacant bike lanes. Pictured: A pop-up cycle lane in Sale, Manchester

Traffic was busy on Park Lane in London, while the cycle lane remained relatively empty when this photograph was taken on September 9

Traffic was busy on Park Lane in London, while the cycle lane remained relatively empty when this photograph was taken on September 9

Similarly, the pop-up cycle lane on West Derby Road, in Liverpool, was empty today while cars queued up bumper-to-bumper in traffic

Similarly, the pop-up cycle lane on West Derby Road, in Liverpool, was empty today while cars queued up bumper-to-bumper in traffic

 

Here’s what MailOnline found when we visited streets with cycle lanes under the Street Smart scheme 

Wednesday, September 9

Park Lane (Hyde Park Corner to Marble Arch), London SW1X

4.45-5pm: 21 cyclists in lane

2 cyclists on pavement 4.45-5pm: 400 cars

Thursday, September 10

King Street, Hammersmith, London W6

8am-8.15am: 18 cyclists in lane 8 cyclists in road and 2 cyclists on pavement 8-8.15am: 280 cars

Uxbridge Road, Ealing, London W5

10-10.15 am: 3 cyclists in lane

1 cyclist in road

10-10.15am: 45 cars

Euston Road, London NW1

8-8.15am: 7 cyclists in lane

8-8.15am: 420 cars crawling in nose to tail traffic

Goods Way, Camden, London N1

10-10.15am: 40 cyclists in lane

10-10.15am: 360 cars

Tooting High Road, London SW17

7.30-7.45am: 100 bikes

Traffic completely gridlocke

In the capital, the busy Euston road – one of the main arterial routes cutting through the middle of London – has been reduced to a single lane to accommodate the cycle lane, resulting in gridlock misery.

Richie Clea, who drives around London fixing gas pipelines and was stuck in traffic along Euston Road told MailOnline: ‘Driving in London is getting worse. There are too many cycle lanes that nobody is using.

‘Since the end of the lockdown my journey times have trebled. It’s a nightmare.’

Cyclist Graham Robinson added: ‘The cycling lanes schemes has not been properly thought out. It’s led to more traffic congestion and the air quality is getting worse. It’s quite common to be cycling along and get hit by a big cloud of car or bus smoke. Cycling in London is not for the faint hearted.’

George Peach, who cycles almost 12 miles each day to his job in advertising said: ‘They need to improve the roads not narrow them. Traffic fumes are getting worse and where there are no cycle lanes, you’re fighting motorists for space. This scheme is meant to get us healthy, but my worry is that you could be causing more damage because there’s more pollution.’

During a 15-minute period at Park Lane, another of London’s major roads, 400 cars were counted compared with only 22 cyclists.

Builder Norman Adams said the designated cycle lanes being introduced by Transport for London had ‘ruined London’.

He fumed: ‘What is the point? London mayor Sadiq Khan keeps banging on about air quality, but how does that stack up when cars are sat for ages with engines idling. He just hates motorists and wants to make them pay.’

What is supposed to be one of the major cycling lane intersections at the junction of York Way and Goods Way, close to Kings Cross Station, 40 bicycles were counted over 15 minutes but that was dwarfed by 360 cars and vans that went past at the same time.

Further out from central London, things were not much better with traffic piling up alongside empty cycle lanes with some cyclists opting not to use them at all. 

In Hammersmith, West London, MailOnline counted 18 cyclists with more than half not even using the lane, opting for the road while two others hogged the pavement. At the same time, 280 cars were jostling for space along a busy main road.

Just past rush hour in Ealing, West London, 45 cars were counted going past in a quarter of an hour but only three cyclists using the dedicated lane and one on the road. Ironically, the local council has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of Street Space funding and recently received almost £440,000 for cycling provisions.

The only location to buck the trend was Tooting in South London, where 100 bicycles were counted in the bike lane.

Unfortunately, the number of cars going past could not be calculated because they were all stuck in horrific gridlocked traffic. 

MailOnline’s findings came as new research released today shows congestion levels in London are now higher than they were before Britain went into lockdown in March – and have risen by 25% in just a week. Pictured: A pop-up cycle lane on Totting High Street

MailOnline’s findings came as new research released today shows congestion levels in London are now higher than they were before Britain went into lockdown in March – and have risen by 25% in just a week. Pictured: A pop-up cycle lane on Totting High Street

An ambulance rushes past traffic near to one of the new Transport for London Street Space pop-up cycle lanes in Tooting High Street

An ambulance rushes past traffic near to one of the new Transport for London Street Space pop-up cycle lanes in Tooting High Street

Similar schemes are being undertaken across the country, including in Liverpool where there is a pop-up cycle lane on West Derby Road

Similar schemes are being undertaken across the country, including in Liverpool where there is a pop-up cycle lane on West Derby Road

The road is a major arterial route to and from the city centre and is always busy with traffic, particularly around rush hours

The road is a major arterial route to and from the city centre and is always busy with traffic, particularly around rush hours

In London, the new cycle lanes (pictured here on Park Lane) form part of Transport for London’s government funded Street Space scheme, which is designed to encourage people to walk or cycle to work and school as an alternative to public transport following the easing of lockdown

In London, the new cycle lanes (pictured here on Park Lane) form part of Transport for London’s government funded Street Space scheme, which is designed to encourage people to walk or cycle to work and school as an alternative to public transport following the easing of lockdown

During a 15-minute period at Park Lane (pictured), another of London’s major roads, 400 cars were counted compared with only 22 cyclists

During a 15-minute period at Park Lane (pictured), another of London’s major roads, 400 cars were counted compared with only 22 cyclists

Builder Norman Adams said the designated cycle lanes (pictured: Park Lane) being introduced by Transport for London had ‘ruined London’

Builder Norman Adams said the designated cycle lanes (pictured: Park Lane) being introduced by Transport for London had ‘ruined London’

What is supposed to be one of the major cycling lane intersections at the junction of York Way and Goods Way, close to Kings Cross Station, 40 bicycles were counted over 15 minutes but that was dwarfed by 360 cars and vans that went past at the same time. Pictured: A new pop-up cycle lane on Park Lane

What is supposed to be one of the major cycling lane intersections at the junction of York Way and Goods Way, close to Kings Cross Station, 40 bicycles were counted over 15 minutes but that was dwarfed by 360 cars and vans that went past at the same time. Pictured: A new pop-up cycle lane on Park Lane

Cyclists say they are embarrassed by ‘over the top’ lanes put in at expense of drivers in Liverpool 

By Stewart Whittingham for MailOnline

8.30-8.45am Tuebrook, Liverpool – Cyclists – 2 / Cars – 300

Frustrated drivers had to queue bumper-to-bumper during rush hour in Liverpool as a pop-up cycle lane lay empty next to them. 

The two lanes of the A5049 in Tuebrook leading into the city had been reduced to one for cars with the inside lane cordoned off for cyclists.

During the height of rush-hour at 8.30am, Mailonline saw just two cyclists using it over a 15 minute time period – compared to nearly 300 cars crawling through Rocky Lane leading to West Derby Road. 

During the height of rush-hour at 8.30am, Mailonline saw just two cyclists using it over a 15 minute time period – compared to nearly 300 cars crawling through Rocky Lane leading to West Derby Road

The traffic was travelling at around 10mph but got clogged for a few minutes as they had to wait at traffic lights. 

The roads surrounding it were also chock-a-block with cars with many exasperated drivers honking their horns. Van driver Mark Roberts, 45, said: ‘This is madness – no-one’s using the cycle lanes and the roads are blocked. ‘This is stopping people getting to work. ‘I’ve been stuck in a queue for half an hour before. It needs sorting.’ 

Local resident Peter Williams, 54, said: ‘It’s chaos with everyone stuck in traffic. ‘It seems so over the top to give half the road to cyclist when there’s just a handful using it. ‘I hate driving along it now.’ Even cyclists expressed surprise at the measures. University technician Tony Lanigan, 62, was riding three miles from his home to work.

He said: ‘Sometimes I’m the only one on it. I do feel a bit embarrassed with the drivers not moving. 

‘I mean it’s great for me, but it does seem a bit over the top to give us a full lane.’

A pop-up cycle lane was scrapped in Greater Manchester within 48 hours after huge uproar from motorists over long queues.

The lane was removed in June by Trafford Council on the A56 between Sale and Altrincham after drivers complained of being stuck in a queue for an hour to travel just two miles.

Bollards had been put down to give cyclists one lane of the road.

Businessman Mike Jones, 32, said: ‘It was bonkers. Once I only saw one cyclist. ‘People just weren’t moving. ‘Everyone was getting angry and frustrated.’ Trafford Council bowed to public anger and removed it in late June.

The lane was removed in June by Trafford Council on the A56 between Sale and Altrincham after drivers complained of being stuck in a queue for an hour to travel just two miles

The lane was removed in June by Trafford Council on the A56 between Sale and Altrincham after drivers complained of being stuck in a queue for an hour to travel just two miles

Councillor Nathan Evans said: ‘We certainly need safe cycle routes but at a time when we need maximum opportunity for access to work and limited use of public transport, simply halving the main route into Manchester, without proper consideration or any consultation with local residents, is the wrong decision.’

Council leader Andrew Western said: ‘We had followed government advice to re-designate road space for walking and cycling and the scheme initially progressed with minimal disruption to traffic. 

‘This changed so we and acted accordingly.’ 

There is still a cycle lane on the rest of the A56 north going into the city centre.

 

Across the country, councils have started receiving funding from a total £225 million pot of money to spend on cycling, to get people fit and out of their cars as part of the war on coronavirus.

The outcome however is that it is not just drivers in London who have been suffering.

A pop-up cycle lane was scrapped in Greater Manchester within 48 hours after huge uproar from motorists over long queues.

Across the country, councils have started receiving funding from a total £225 million pot of money to spend on cycling, to get people fit and out of their cars as part of the war on coronavirus. Pictured: A new cycle lane on the A56, Sale, Manchester

Across the country, councils have started receiving funding from a total £225 million pot of money to spend on cycling, to get people fit and out of their cars as part of the war on coronavirus. Pictured: A new cycle lane on the A56, Sale, Manchester

A pop-up cycle lane was scrapped in Greater Manchester within 48 hours after huge uproar from motorists over long queues

A pop-up cycle lane was scrapped in Greater Manchester within 48 hours after huge uproar from motorists over long queues

The lane was removed in June by Trafford Council on the A56 between Sale and Altrincham after drivers complained of being stuck in a queue for an hour to travel just two miles. Bollards had been put down to give cyclists one lane of the road.

Councillor Nathan Evans said at the time: ‘We certainly need safe cycle routes but at a time when we need maximum opportunity for access to work and limited use of public transport, simply halving the main route into Manchester, without proper consideration or any consultation with local residents, is the wrong decision.’

In London, a Tfl spokesman defended the Street Space scheme as a way of providing a healthy alternative to using public transport.

‘We need to urgently reconsider use of Street Space to provide safe and appealing spaces to walk and cycle as an alternative to car use in the context of reduced capacity on the public transport network.

‘Suppressing motorised traffic while allowing essential journeys to take place is key to ensuring we manage our road and public transport networks to maximise our ability to keep people moving safely.’  

It comes as congestion data from yesterday showed how traffic levels soared past pre-Covid Britain figures.

Journeys were blighted by roadworks, full buses, bridge closures and new cycle schemes as the capital struggled to readjust to the surge in travellers.

It comes amid growing fury over the number of trains on the tracks and lack of social distancing on public transport.

Congestion levels for London showed vehicles on the road rocket from 47 per cent last week to 72 per cent at 8am today – up by 25 percentage points.

The figures, from TomTom’s traffic index, also suggested drivers soared past last year’s pre-Covid average of 65 per cent.

But commuters were hit with delays as the capital was blighted by 25 roadworks inside the M25.

Commuters in London (pictured) were stuck in teeming rush hour traffic this morning as it soared past pre-Covid Britain levels, data shows

Commuters in London (pictured) were stuck in teeming rush hour traffic this morning as it soared past pre-Covid Britain levels, data shows

LONDON: Journeys were blighted by road works, full buses and new cycle schemes as the capital struggles to ramp up services for the increase in passengers

LONDON: Journeys were blighted by road works, full buses and new cycle schemes as the capital struggles to ramp up services for the increase in passengers

A Google Maps picture shows numerous roads coloured in red to show congestion in central London

A Google Maps picture shows numerous roads coloured in red to show congestion in central London

Commuters were hit by severe delays as the capital was blighted by 25 road works inside the M25

Commuters were hit by severe delays as the capital was blighted by 25 road works inside the M25

People travelling over the Thames faced further chaos as London Bridge remains closed to cars, Vauxhall Bridge (pictured) is shut until November and Hammersmith Bridge is fenced off indefinitely

People travelling over the Thames faced further chaos as London Bridge remains closed to cars, Vauxhall Bridge (pictured) is shut until November and Hammersmith Bridge is fenced off indefinitely

The A1, from north London into the city centre, faced lane restrictions and phased closures due to the Tottenham Hale regeneration scheme.

Those living in the wealthy west also saw congestion around Knightsbridge near Hyde Park because of temporary traffic signals on the A4.

People travelling over the Thames faced further chaos as London Bridge remains closed to cars, Vauxhall Bridge is shut until November and Hammersmith Bridge is fenced off indefinitely.

For those taking public transport, there were reports of buses skipping stops as they already had their 30-person Covid capacity.

But Transport for London figures show numbers were back up on the Tube, with 760,000 journeys made by 10am.

It is up 16 per cent on the same day last week, but still represents just 33 per cent of the demand on the same day last year.

London’s new ‘Covid friendly’ cycle lanes also appeared to to have come at the worst possible time as works led to further traffic.

Yesterday footage emerged of a fire engine stuck in a road block caused by construction on the so-called Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTN) in Ferndale.

Commuters in the capital slammed the city’s transport system, with some branding it ‘an absolute joke’ and called for Mayor Sadiq Khan to ‘get a grip’ of it.

One man tweeted: ‘@SadiqKhan get a grip of London. Life is becoming unbearable – traffic caused by roadworks & bridges closed/heavily restricted.

‘We try to go about daily lives as best as we can under current situation, I drive electric but might as well be in a big fat Range Rover.’

Another wrote ‘London traffic is an absolute joke’, while a woman added ‘London traffic’, with three angry emojis.

A male user posted: ‘Nephew is a current London Police Officer, with him on Monday he told me they often have to abandon the vehicle when on emergency calls, as it’s quicker to run, because of the traffic caused by the current street closures (which he and his colleagues call utter madness).’ 

One woman wrote: ‘London traffic is madness.’ A man added: ‘Whoever is on control of the traffic light timing at London Wall/Moorgate, eastbound vehicles need more than 5 secs on green!! Q’s back to Museum of London.’

Lorries, cars and vans sit gridlocked in London today in a post on social media as people get back to work after the summer break

Lorries, cars and vans sit gridlocked in London today in a post on social media as people get back to work after the summer break

Commuters in the capital slammed the city's transport system, with some branding it 'an absolute joke' and called for Mayor Sadiq Khan to 'get a grip' of it

Commuters in the capital slammed the city’s transport system, with some branding it ‘an absolute joke’ and called for Mayor Sadiq Khan to ‘get a grip’ of it

Meanwhile traffic remained steady in other cities, with Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool seeing meagre rises.

Manchester, which has some areas in local lockdown due to a spike in coronavirus cases, had congestion levels at 39 per cent – two percentage points up on last week.

Birmingham, which is teetering on the edge of having new restrictions brought in, also saw just a five per cent rise on last week’s data.

Liverpool followed the trend and saw a small increase in people on its roads at rush hour, with traffic up by five percentage points on the previous week.

But smaller cities such as Nottingham and Sheffield saw congestion levels fall, suggesting fewer cars were on the road today.

Both cities had a three per cent decline in traffic levels compared to last week’s TomTom data.

MANCHESTER: The city, which has some areas in local lockdown due to a spike in coronavirus cases, had congestion levels at 39 per cent - two percentage points up on last week

MANCHESTER: The city, which has some areas in local lockdown due to a spike in coronavirus cases, had congestion levels at 39 per cent – two percentage points up on last week

BIRMINGHAM: The second city, which is teetering on the edge of having new restrictions brought in, also saw just a five per cent rise on last week's data

BIRMINGHAM: The second city, which is teetering on the edge of having new restrictions brought in, also saw just a five per cent rise on last week’s data

LIVERPOOL: The city saw a small increase in people on its roads at rush hour, with traffic up by five percentage points on the previous week

LIVERPOOL: The city saw a small increase in people on its roads at rush hour, with traffic up by five percentage points on the previous week



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