A lawyer fighting for the removal of a controversial cycleway in central London has claimed the elderly and those with disabilities are at risk from the scheme.

Andrew Swaffer, a lawyer acting for residents against Cycleway 9 along Chiswick High Road, told MailOnline he saw an elderly man almost get hit by a cyclist when they became confused by the new road layout.

It comes after footage emerged showing three emergency services vehicles becoming blocked by heavy traffic on the busy road within a 24-hour period.

The temporary cycleway was opened on Chiswick High Road on December 21 last year, according to Transport For London (TfL), to help encourage use of bicycles amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A blue-lit fire engine was halted (pictured), a police car's driver was forced to turn around and an ambulance had to weave between traffic after congestion built up on Chiswick High Road in west London

A blue-lit fire engine was halted (pictured), a police car's driver was forced to turn around and an ambulance had to weave between traffic after congestion built up on Chiswick High Road in west London

A blue-lit fire engine was halted (pictured), a police car’s driver was forced to turn around and an ambulance had to weave between traffic after congestion built up on Chiswick High Road in west London

Mr Swaffer said the cycleway was ‘illegal’ because it was built without public consultation and ‘failed to take into account human rights issues and equality act issues’.

Andrew Swaffer, a lawyer acting against Cycleway 9 along Chiswick High Road

Andrew Swaffer, a lawyer acting against Cycleway 9 along Chiswick High Road

Andrew Swaffer, a lawyer acting against Cycleway 9 along Chiswick High Road

Mr Swaffer, a senior associate at Sharpe Pritchard, said: ‘It’s discriminatory against those with disabilities and the elderly.

We’re also saying it’s unsafe.

‘[TfL] pushed it through without consultation and without regards to impact.’

There will be a two-day court trial in June to decide the fate of the cycleway, but Mr Swaffer — who is working for residents who formed the campaign group One Chiswick — thinks he has a ‘very strong case’.

He added: ‘My client has commissioned a highways engineer to undertake a detailed highways assessment in relation to the cycleway and road use. 

‘The conclusions are there’s not enough space and those with disabilities are not able to stop safely on the high street.

They will be negatively impacted. 

‘That’s the same with those who are elderly. I’ve seen it with my own eyes. When I went on a site visit a member of the local community looked particularly confused and nearly got hit by a bicycle because he didn’t understand the new layout. 

‘Those particular people with protected characteristics are being negatively impacted.’

Yesterday at 3.09pm an ambulance (pictured) was filmed weaving across both sides of the road in a desperate bid to make it through traffic

Yesterday at 3.09pm an ambulance (pictured) was filmed weaving across both sides of the road in a desperate bid to make it through traffic

Yesterday at 3.09pm an ambulance (pictured) was filmed weaving across both sides of the road in a desperate bid to make it through traffic

In the second clip, filmed Thursday at 4.38pm, a police officer was forced to make the decision to turn around after their car became wedged between two red buses

In the second clip, filmed Thursday at 4.38pm, a police officer was forced to make the decision to turn around after their car became wedged between two red buses

In the second clip, filmed Thursday at 4.38pm, a police officer was forced to make the decision to turn around after their car became wedged between two red buses

He said a former scheme to house the cycle lane on the pavement along Chiswick High Road was safer, adding: ‘Previously the plan was to put the cycleway on the pavements because they’re very wide. 

‘That went through a public enquiry and that would certainly be one option we’d be supportive off.’

It comes four months after the High Court ruled Sadiq Khan’s ‘Streetspace’ scheme was unlawful.  

The controversial scheme, which saw roads closed and others narrowed to create new cycle lanes in the height of lockdown last year, was found to be ‘seriously flawed’ by a High Court judge. 

The ruling means similar schemes implemented by councils up and down the country could now be scrapped, a lawyer in the case revealed.

However bosses at TfL, who described the ruling as ‘disappointing’, insisted they would keep the make-shift cycle lanes while they appeal the damning judgement. 

Justice Lang ruled London’s ‘Streetspace’ scheme was ‘seriously flawed’ and ‘took advantage of the pandemic’ to push through ‘radical’ and permanent changes to London‘s roads.

The judgement follows a legal challenge by organisations representing black cab drivers who were angry about being banned from a new bus-only route on the A10 in Bishopsgate.

Justice Lang said the A10 scheme treated cab drivers unfairly and should be abolished.

Sadiq Khan was criticised for 'superficial' and 'seriously flawed' planning by a judge

Sadiq Khan was criticised for 'superficial' and 'seriously flawed' planning by a judge

Sadiq Khan was criticised for Sbobet Bola ‘superficial’ and ‘seriously flawed’ planning by a judge 

Justice Lang said the A10 scheme treated cab drivers unfairly and should be abolished, but her judgement also called for an end to the Mayor's wider Streetspace initiative, including the introduction of temporary cycle lanes. Pictured is one on Euston Road

Justice Lang said the A10 scheme treated cab drivers unfairly and should be abolished, but her judgement also called for an end to the Mayor's wider Streetspace initiative, including the introduction of temporary cycle lanes. Pictured is one on Euston Road

Justice Lang said the A10 scheme treated cab drivers unfairly and should be abolished, but her judgement also called for an end to the Mayor’s wider Streetspace initiative, including the introduction of temporary cycle lanes.

Pictured is one on Euston Road 

But her judgement also called for an end to the Mayor’s wider Streetspace initiative, including the introduction of several hundred miles of temporary cycle lanes.

The lanes sparked criticism from motorists for increasing congestion, and one on Kensington High Street was removed late last year following a local outcry.  

Earlier this week video emerged showing the moment a blue-lit fire engine was halted, a police car’s driver was forced to turn around and an ambulance had to weave between traffic after congestion built up on Chiswick High Road in west London.

Residents across Britain have continued to slam the implementation of so-called Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) — which have been used by councils to wage war on motorists under the government’s controversial Active Travel project.

Video footage taken from a flat overlooking the busy road on Thursday and Friday showed the emergency services struggling to get past slow-moving cars and buses in three separate incidents.

A similar lane on Kensington High Street was removed following an outcry from motorists and local businesses

A similar lane on Kensington High Street was removed following an outcry from motorists and local businesses

A similar lane on Kensington High Street was removed following an outcry from motorists and local businesses 

Meanwhile, the double-laned cycle path stood empty with only one or two cyclists trickling past in each of the three clips. 

The first clip, dated March 25 and timestamped at 2.48pm, showed a fire engine attempting to rush through traffic.

It was halted when drivers couldn’t move their cars out of its way because of black and white bollards marking out the cycleway.

In the second clip, filmed on Thursday at 4.38pm, a police officer was forced to make the decision to turn around after their car became wedged between two red buses.

And yesterday at 3.09pm an ambulance was filmed weaving across both sides of the road in a desperate bid to make it through traffic.

It comes months after footage emerged of a fire engine becoming stuck in a road block, put in place to create a ‘Covid friendly’ cycle lanes.

The video showed the blue-lit emergency vehicle wedged between a wooden planter and a parked white car in Ferndale, south London.

Mr Khan oversaw the rapid construction of a cycling network using temporary plastic bollards

Mr Khan oversaw the rapid construction of a cycling network using temporary plastic bollards

Mr Khan oversaw the rapid construction of a cycling network using temporary plastic bollards 

As firefighters ditched the vehicle and made the short walk to the nearby incident, one angry resident could be heard raging against the scheme, saying: ‘You are trying to say this is good for us?’

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTN) have been introduced to allow for social distancing on footpaths and cycle during the coronavirus pandemic.

But the scheme has caused controversy as many believe it is being implemented to ‘punish’ motorists.

Furious motorists across the UK have accused the government of a ‘war on drivers’ with the scheme, which has seen roads blocked, traffic congestion increased and journey times lengthened.

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