London Cycle Circuit works through environmental issues

The London Development Agency (LDA) and British Cycling announced this week further interim measures to support London's cyclists while endangered great crested newts are relocated from the site of a new 2km circuit at Hog Hill in Redbridge.

By law, the protected species have to be moved before work can start on the new facility which is replacing Eastway Cycle Circuit. Poor weather conditions for collecting newts - a dry autumn and recent ground frosts - have restricted the days in which ecologists have been able to carry out collections. So far, they have only been able to complete 41 out of the 60 required collection days which has led to only half of the site being handed to the LDA.

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