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Sadiq Khan was heckled by London black cab drivers outside City Hall to shouts 'of Destroyer of London' today as the Mayor's war on motorists sabotages the capital's route to recovery. 

Video shows Mr Khan walking to his office to the backdrop of angry London black cab drivers as a furious crowd gathered outside City Hall to protest his destructive anti-car campaign. 

The Mayor marched with his back turned away from the cab demonstrators and refuses to acknowledge their complaints as he is branded 'the Destroyer of London', 'hypocrite' and 'c***'.

Protesters had marched across London Bridge towards Bishopsgate holding banners that read 'Khan you have blood on your hands' and 'Islington residents say NO to forced road closures - we demand to be heard'.

A crowd gathered outside the London Mayor's office chanting 'Khan Out' as a spokesman implored cab drivers and residents to protest Mr Khan's £225million plan to carve cycling lanes out of major roads.

The spokesman declared: 'This is the end game. If this is successful, it ain't never going to go back if we don't do anything, and these road closures are going to get bigger and bigger and bigger.

'This is going to be Khan's legacy, so when he leaves office he'll go round the world giving speeches on how he changed London for the good. So basically today what I'd love all of you to do - this is not the end, this is not the beginning. This is the beginning of all of us, local residents from all areas in London.

Protesters had marched across London Bridge towards Bishopsgate holding banners that read 'Khan you have blood on your hands' and 'Islington residents say NO to forced road closures - we demand to be heard'

A crowd gathered outside the London Mayor's office chanting 'Khan Out' as a spokesman implored cab drivers and residents to protest Mr Khan's £225million plan to carve cycling lanes out of major roads

Protesters had marched across London Bridge towards Bishopsgate holding banners that read 'Khan you have blood on your hands' and 'Islington residents say NO to forced road closures - we demand to be heard'. A crowd gathered outside the London Mayor's office chanting 'Khan Out' as a spokesman implored cab drivers and residents to protest Mr Khan's £225million plan to carve cycling lanes out of major roads

Protesters had marched across London Bridge towards Bishopsgate holding banners that read 'Khan you have blood on your hands' and 'Islington residents say NO to forced road closures - we demand to be heard'

Protesters had marched across London Bridge towards Bishopsgate holding banners that read 'Khan you have blood on your hands' and 'Islington residents say NO to forced road closures - we demand to be heard'

'Islington, Hackney, Lambeth, Southwark - I implore you, come together on social media - there's all groups out there. We need local residents to come together and the cab trade.

'Tell Khan and the GLA (Greater London Authority) that we have had enough. We can't live like this anymore.

'So, on an ending note, what we all need to do is share this with local residents. Go back to your organisations and say 'look, you might not want to do it, but we really need to do it'.

'If we sit back and let him do it, we're going to be history. They don't care about us at all'. 

MailOnline has approached Mr Khan's office for comment.    

It comes amid revelations that pop-up cycle lanes set up to get Britain moving again are lying empty while traffic is squeezing onto narrowed streets, bringing the capital to a halt, it can be revealed. 

MailOnline visited some of the key cycle lanes across the country at the height of the rush hour to gauge how busy they are, only to find them chronically under-used with cyclists criticising them as well as motorists. 

Video shows Mr Khan walking to his office to the backdrop of angry London black cab drivers as a furious crowd gathered outside City Hall to protest his destructive anti-car campaign. The Mayor marched with his back turned away from the cab demonstrators and refuses to acknowledge their complaints as he is branded 'the Destroyer of London', 'hypocrite' and 'c***'

Video shows Mr Khan walking to his office to the backdrop of angry London black cab drivers as a furious crowd gathered outside City Hall to protest his destructive anti-car campaign. The Mayor marched with his back turned away from the cab demonstrators and refuses to acknowledge their complaints as he is branded 'the Destroyer of London', 'hypocrite' and 'c***'

Video shows Mr Khan walking to his office to the backdrop of angry London black cab drivers as a furious crowd gathered outside City Hall to protest his destructive anti-car campaign. The Mayor marched with his back turned away from the cab demonstrators and refuses to acknowledge their complaints as he is branded 'the Destroyer of London', 'hypocrite' and 'c***'

Our research in London, where Transport for London is leading its own £33million scheme, shows that on the Euston Road, just 7 cyclists used the designated lane over a 15-minute period.

Meanwhile 420 cars fought their way through traffic while in Park Lane, Mayfair, just 21 cyclists used the lane as 400 cars battled past.

In Liverpool, on busy arterial route West Derby Road, just 2 cyclists used a pop-up cycle lane during a 15-minute period in rush hour, compared with 300 cars.

Motorists voiced their fury at the delay to their journeys as they sat stationary next to the vacant bike lanes, whilst cyclists complained that the idling, gridlocked traffic was making air pollution worse.

MailOnline's findings came as new research released today shows congestion levels in London are now higher than they were before Britain went into lockdown in March – and have risen by 25 per cent in just a week. 

The new cycle lanes form part of Transport for London's government funded Street Space scheme, which is designed to encourage people to walk or cycle to work and school as an alternative to public transport following the easing of lockdown.

In Manchester, where a similar scheme was set up, a pop-up lane lasted just 48 hours before it was removed by the council after outrage from drivers. 

Pop-up cycle lanes set up as part £250million plan to get Britain moving again are lying empty while traffic is squeezing onto narrowed streets, bringing the capital to a halt, it can be revealed. Pictured: A pop up cycle lane on West Derby Road, Liverpool

Pop-up cycle lanes set up as part £250million plan to get Britain moving again are lying empty while traffic is squeezing onto narrowed streets, bringing the capital to a halt, it can be revealed. Pictured: A pop up cycle lane on West Derby Road, Liverpool

MailOnline visited some of the key cycle lanes at the height of the rush hour to gauge how busy they are, only to find them chronically under-used with cyclists criticising them as well as motorists. Pictured: a pop cycle lane on Tooting High Street, London

MailOnline visited some of the key cycle lanes at the height of the rush hour to gauge how busy they are, only to find them chronically under-used with cyclists criticising them as well as motorists. Pictured: a pop cycle lane on Tooting High Street, London

Our research shows that on the Euston Road (pictured), just 7 cyclists used the designated lane over a 15-minute period, while 420 cars fought their way through traffic while in Park Lane, Mayfair, just 21 cyclists used the lane as 400 cars battled past

Our research shows that on the Euston Road (pictured), just 7 cyclists used the designated lane over a 15-minute period, while 420 cars fought their way through traffic while in Park Lane, Mayfair, just 21 cyclists used the lane as 400 cars battled past

Motorists voiced their fury at the delay to their journeys as they sat stationary next to the vacant bike lanes. Pictured: A pop-up cycle lane in Sale, Manchester

Motorists voiced their fury at the delay to their journeys as they sat stationary next to the vacant bike lanes. Pictured: A pop-up cycle lane in Sale, Manchester

Traffic was busy on Park Lane in London, while the cycle lane remained relatively empty when this photograph was taken on September 9

Traffic was busy on Park Lane in London, while the cycle lane remained relatively empty when this photograph was taken on September 9

Similarly, the pop-up cycle lane on West Derby Road, in Liverpool, was empty today while cars queued up bumper-to-bumper in traffic

Similarly, the pop-up cycle lane on West Derby Road, in Liverpool, was empty today while cars queued up bumper-to-bumper in traffic

 

Here's what MailOnline found when we visited streets with cycle lanes under the Street Smart scheme 

Wednesday, September 9

Park Lane (Hyde Park Corner to Marble Arch), London SW1X

4.45-5pm: 21 cyclists in lane

2 cyclists on pavement 4.45-5pm: 400 cars

Thursday, September 10

King Street, Hammersmith, London W6

8am-8.15am: 18 cyclists in lane 8 cyclists in road and 2 cyclists on pavement 8-8.15am: 280 cars

Uxbridge Road, Ealing, London W5

10-10.15 am: 3 cyclists in lane

1 cyclist in road

10-10.15am: 45 cars

Euston Road, London NW1

8-8.15am: 7 cyclists in lane

8-8.15am: 420 cars crawling in nose to tail traffic

Goods Way, Camden, London N1

10-10.15am: 40 cyclists in lane

10-10.15am: 360 cars

Tooting High Road, London SW17

7.30-7.45am: 100 bikes

Traffic completely gridlocke

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In the capital, the busy Euston road - one of the main arterial routes cutting through the middle of London - has been reduced to a single lane to accommodate the cycle lane, resulting in gridlock misery.

Richie Clea, who drives around London fixing gas pipelines and was stuck in traffic along Euston Road told MailOnline: 'Driving in London is getting worse. There are too many cycle lanes that nobody is using.

'Since the end of the lockdown my journey times have trebled. It's a nightmare.'

Cyclist Graham Robinson added: 'The cycling lanes schemes has not been properly thought out. It's led to more traffic congestion and the air quality is getting worse. It's quite common to be cycling along and get hit by a big cloud of car or bus smoke. Cycling in London is not for the faint hearted.'

George Peach, who cycles almost 12 miles each day to his job in advertising said: 'They need to improve the roads not narrow them. Traffic fumes are getting worse and where there are no cycle lanes, you're fighting motorists for space. This scheme is meant to get us healthy, but my worry is that you could be causing more damage because there's more pollution.'

During a 15-minute period at Park Lane, another of London's major roads, 400 cars were counted compared with only 22 cyclists.

Builder Norman Adams said the designated cycle lanes being introduced by Transport for London had 'ruined London'.

He fumed: 'What is the point? London mayor Sadiq Khan keeps banging on about air quality, but how does that stack up when cars are sat for ages with engines idling. He just hates motorists and wants to make them pay.'

What is supposed to be one of the major cycling lane intersections at the junction of York Way and Goods Way, close to Kings Cross Station, 40 bicycles were counted over 15 minutes but that was dwarfed by 360 cars and vans that went past at the same time.

Further out from central London, things were not much better with traffic piling up alongside empty cycle lanes with some cyclists opting not to use them at all. 

In Hammersmith, West London, MailOnline counted 18 cyclists with more than half not even using the lane, opting for the road while two others hogged the pavement. At the same time, 280 cars were jostling for space along a busy main road.

Just past rush hour in Ealing, West London, 45 cars were counted going past in a quarter of an hour but only three cyclists using the dedicated lane and one on the road. Ironically, the local council has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of Street Space funding and recently received almost £440,000 for cycling provisions.

The only location to buck the trend was Tooting in South London, where 100 bicycles were counted in the bike lane.

Unfortunately, the number of cars going past could not be calculated because they were all stuck in horrific gridlocked traffic. 

MailOnline’s findings came as new research released today shows congestion levels in London are now higher than they were before Britain went into lockdown in March – and have risen by 25% in just a week. Pictured: A pop-up cycle lane on Totting High Street

MailOnline's findings came as new research released today shows congestion levels in London are now higher than they were before Britain went into lockdown in March – and have risen by 25% in just a week. Pictured: A pop-up cycle lane on Totting High Street

An ambulance rushes past traffic near to one of the new Transport for London Street Space pop-up cycle lanes in Tooting High Street

An ambulance rushes past traffic near to one of the new Transport for London Street Space pop-up cycle lanes in Tooting High Street

Similar schemes are being undertaken across the country, including in Liverpool where there is a pop-up cycle lane on West Derby Road

Similar schemes are being undertaken across the country, including in Liverpool where there is a pop-up cycle lane on West Derby Road

The road is a major arterial route to and from the city centre and is always busy with traffic, particularly around rush hours

The road is a major arterial route to and from the city centre and is always busy with traffic, particularly around rush hours

In London, the new cycle lanes (pictured here on Park Lane) form part of Transport for London’s government funded Street Space scheme, which is designed to encourage people to walk or cycle to work and school as an alternative to public transport following the easing of lockdown

In London, the new cycle lanes (pictured here on Park Lane) form part of Transport for London's government funded Street Space scheme, which is designed to encourage people to walk or cycle to work and school as an alternative to public transport following the easing of lockdown

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