I'm not sure local authorities are entirely clear on how to apply ASLs as it stands, We've got a couple local to me that are entirely unnecessary (IMO), some are even dangerous, I often tend to just queue with the traffic as attempting to filter my way to the ASL is probably riskier and I know that I'll still get through on the next change of the lights... Half the time theres a 3 series sat in it anyway, the driver studiously ignoring the cyclists looking at them.
councils will also be able to fit cyclist-only filters at traffic lights to give cyclists a “head start” on other traffic.
Not sure if that'll be a good idea or not, on the one hand having time to get clear across certain junctions (especially those with merging lanes) would help quite a bit, but then cyclists getting a "head start" will also serve to disproportionately annoy a particular minority of motorists, and you know full well that the cycle lights changing will simply act as a 5 seconds notice, signal for the traffic light racers to start revving and take up the slack on the clutch... Appropriate implementation would be the key thing, not something many councils have form for TBH.
Safety campaigners have welcomed the moves, but criticised the Government for failing to create a significant annual budget for cycling, which would allow local councils to build networks of safe cycle routes.
Probably the most significant point really, they've updated their guidance, but will their be actual investment in its implementation?
Whoa there Cowboy, we're not crazy, we don't spend actual money on cycling infrastructure...