Knight: Wider cycle lane idea could add to pollution

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Pocklington’s MP says the widening of cycle lanes is a factor in rising levels of pollution.

Sir Greg Knight said air pollution in London “is going up because pavements have got wider and road space is being turned over to cycle lanes”.

The MP for East Yorkshire, who has a fondness for classic motors, made the comment during a Commons debate.

Members were debating the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill during which Sir Greg implored the Mayor of London to “take care” when removing highways in favour of cycle lanes.

He added: “Is there not a case – I say this with respect–for making local authorities take into account the congestion effects of their crusade to remove road space in favour of wider pavements and more cycle lanes?”

He told the Pocklington Post: “Local authorities need to take into account the congestion effects of reducing road space.

“What you do once you have removed it is a secondary issue.

“The point I’m making is if you are seeking to remove road space, you need to take into account will people still need to use this stretch of road? Will it make queues longer?

“Then that will increase pollution.”

Sir Greg is also chair of the All-party parliamentary historic vehicles group, which promotes and supports the continued use of historic and classic motor vehicle.

Sir Greg has a 1963 Jensen C-V8. The nostalgic motor boasts a top speed of 132mph – under the bonnet, a V8 engine gives it a range of around 13mpg.

In 2012 he welcomed legislation that excluded vehicles manufactured before 1960 from having to take MoT tests.