Replace Trees Cut Down for Cycle Highway Says Campaigners
Campaigners are demanding that Transport for London replace 23 mature trees chopped down to make way for a cycle superhighway.
The London planes were felled in Mile End Road in Tower Hamlets for the construction of the £47 million east-west section between Aldgate and Bow roundabout.
TfL plans to plant only saplings in their place.
Geoffrey Luden, chairman of the East London Garden Society, said: “More effective planting must be done along the Mile End Road to mitigate the loss of these 23 trees, which are nature’s best way of dealing with the lack of air quality in an urban area.”
Caroline Pidgeon, Lib-Dem candidate for Mayor, said: “It is clearly not acceptable for the Mayor’s transport organisation to remove 23 mature trees and then only start thinking about replacing them sometime in the future.”
TfL said it had “no choice but to remove the trees during construction” and was “replacing them where we can”.