Transport for London have won an appeal this afternoon which stated that Streetscape plans in parts of London were unlawful.
The judges decision can be seen on this video around the two hour and eight minute mark.
It overturned a decision made by Mrs Justice Beverley Lang in January that stated TfL “took advantage of the pandemic” with bus only routes in Bishopsgate.
During hearings yesterday and today, TfL argued that blocking taxis was necessary for bus passengers.
The ruling in January also stated that interim guidance to boroughs was unlawful.
TfL stated the Bishopsgate scheme was only to remain while social distancing measures are in place. If they’d lost on other matters, Streetspace measures in London may have been removed.
Arguments have raged around Low Traffic neighbourhoods. It wasn’t so much that they do much that is new, as Low Traffic neighbourhood have been around for decades, but how they were introduced.
Today’s ruling appears to support TfL’s claim that they needed emergency measures without the usual consultation due to unique circumstances.
The Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association and United Trade Action Group can now appeal to the Supreme Court.