§ Mr. Stuart Holland
asked the Secretary of State for Transport (1) under what authority he has instructed the London borough of Lambeth to close the space in the centre island of Westminster Bridge road opposite Belvedere road;
(2) under what authority he has instructed the traffic control systems unit to remove the cycle signals on Westminster Bridge road at is junction with Belvedere road;
(3) under what authority he has called in the pedestrian crossing on Westminster Bridge road opposite Belvedere road for special approval;
(4) under what authority the facility for cyclists to switch on lights at the cycle facility on Westminster Bridge road was disconnected.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
My right hon. Friend has given no such instructions. The Secretary of State's approval for non-standard crossings is a national requirement under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. While discussions have been going on about a safe cycle facility at this crossing, we have provided advice about measures to avoid the incomplete facility causing a road safety hazard. The cycle facility has never been connected. I understand that the form of the facility has now been agreed.