Pictures: James Hatts

UPDATED: Blackfriars Bridge cycle lane removed

Most of the markings of the Blackfriars Bridge cycle lane were removed early on Thursday morning. TfL has launched a safety audit and has promised to make public the results.

Contractors closed two lanes on the northbound carriageway to remove the recently painted markings of the central cycle lane.

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The decision by Transport for London to remove the cycle lane follows the death of cyclist Vicki McCreery in a collision on the bridge earlier this month.

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Floral tributes can still be seen on the bridge though the police witness appeal boards have now been removed.

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This Friday's Critical Mass cycle ride will visit Blackfriars Bridge to block the traffic in remembrance of McCreery, 37, a senior physiotherapist at St Thomas' Hospital.

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Peter Hendy, TfL's managing director for surface transport, said: "The Mayor asked TfL on Monday for a full investigation of the tragic death of a cyclist last week, and a safety audit of the northbound cycle lane on Blackfriars Bridge is now underway."

He added: "The results of the safety audit will be made public by TfL.

"I understand the bus driver concerned has been interviewed by the police in connection with the accident. I send my condolences to the bereaved."

The remaining markings will be removed on Thursday night/Friday morning.

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