Jeremy Clarkson slams Channel 5’s Vine amid ‘unexpected war’ in cycle lane row

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Former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson, 60, blasted Jeremy Vine, 55, following the ongoing discussion of scrapping cycle lanes along Kensington High Street. Earlier this week, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, explained he had plans to have the cycle lanes reinstated.

Jeremy – who presents The Grand Tour – claimed that cycle lanes all over the UK are causing “tension” between the “country’s normal people and its raving lunatics”.

It comes as Mr Vine recently wrote in support of the Kensington bicycle lane and hit out at actor Nigel Havers, who in turn is in support of the council’s decision to rid the High Street of cycle lanes.

The Grand Tour host addressed the most “unexpected war of all time” as Jeremy spoke of growing “tensions”.

The former Top Gear presenter said he would never cycle on Kensington High Street because it’s “bl***y dangerous”.

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“This week that tension exploded into easily the most unexpected war of all time, between the actor Nigel Havers, who hates the Kensington cycle lane, and the bicyclists’ helmet-in-chief, radio DJ Jeremy Vine,” the former Top Gear presenter said.

“He’s already interfered with the lives of several people who’ve dared to get in the way of his bike, and is now only ever to be seen with a GoPro camera fastened to his head.”

Jeremy suggested that the Channel 5 presenter ride his bike on the quieter roads and back streets to avoid the traffic on a busy street.

He wrote: “I think the problem Mr Vine has is that it’s hard to think straight when you have to balance a camera on your head. So let me step in and become the peacemaker. Boutros Boutros-Clarkson.

“I sometimes ride a bicycle in London but I am well aware that when I do so, I am a guest in the world of the car.

“Which is why I would NEVER cycle on Kensington High Street. It’s too bl***y dangerous.”

Jeremy suggested that Sadiq and the Channel 5 host should instead focus on other issues.

He continued in his column in The Sun: “What I’d suggest, then, is that Sadiq allows the council to remove the cycle lane experiment – and concentrate on the more important problems facing the capital.


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“Like, for example, forcing Jeremy [Vine] to take that damn silly camera off his head.”

The Grand Tour host’s comments come after the Channel 5 presenter took aim at Nigel’s recent column.

The actor claimed that his local council added the “dreaded cycle lanes” which has resulted in high levels of pollution and “horrendous traffic jams”.

“Every morning and evening, there is total gridlock – even in the past two weeks when more of us have been working from home,” Nigel penned in MailOnline.

“God forbid if an ambulance, police car or fire engine urgently needs to get through – the cycle lane bollards mean drivers cannot get out of the way.”

But Mr Vine responded to his piece and suggested he would do a “deal” with Nigel.

“You rip out the safe cycle path and we cyclists will swap our bikes for exhaust-burping, child-crushing SUVs,” Mr Vine wrote in the same publication.

“Then we’ll head for your borough and see how that reduces the jams.”

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