MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Question By: 
David Kurten
Brexit Alliance Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many trees have been cut down in London to construct cycle superhighways, cycle quietways or other cycling infrastructure since you took office in May 2016?




Answered By: 
The Mayor

Since 2016 I have delivered over 140km of cycling infrastructure across London. I will continue to build on this, with further routes planned to be completed and launched throughout the summer in Camden, Southwark, Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest and consultations planned for various schemes.

Transport for London (TfL) does not keep a record of any trees removed, or new trees planted specifically as part of delivering new cycle infrastructure. However, it is rare to completely remove any mature street trees, and where this does happen, TfL or the relevant borough always attempt to replace the trees.

The construction of new cycleways is far more often an opportunity to support the delivery of my Healthy Streets Approach, which includes greening the street environment with new planting where opportunities allow.

Examples where my cycling programme has made significant improvements in this regard are in Waltham Forest where approximately 1,800 square meters at Whipps Cross has been given back to Epping Forest and over 800 trees have been planted across the borough. On my new cycle route between Kensington Olympia and Brentford Town Centre it is planned to plant 30 trees along the route.