House of Lords written question – answered on 29th February 2012.

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Photo of Lord Berkeley Lord Berkeley Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will arrange a trial of cyclists being allowed to go through red lights to turn left or go straight on within zones with a 20 miles per hour speed limit, in conjunction with increased enforcement of stop rules at other junctions controlled by traffic lights.

Photo of Earl Attlee Earl Attlee Lords Spokesperson (Department for Transport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

There are already ways of giving cyclists priority over other traffic and improving their safety at junctions; for example, by introducing advanced stop lines, cycle bypasses and providing dedicated traffic signals for cyclists if required.

Current regulations, which prevent any vehicle going through a red light, would have to be changed to permit such a trial. We would need to see strong supporting evidence to demonstrate that this could be done in a manner that did not compromise the safety of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, before considering any regulatory change or trial.

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