A Crossrail lorry driver today expressed his sorrow in court to the widow of a cyclist killed in collision with the HGV he was driving.

Anthony Howsego, 58, of Romford, took the unusual step of passing on his condolences to Diane Holt via his lawyer as he pleaded not guilty to causing the death by careless driving of her husband Brian Holt, a hospital porter from Stepney, on November 5 last year in Mile End Road.

Mr Holt, who worked at Mile End hospital, was one of six cyclists killed in a fortnight in London last November. His is the only case to result in a criminal prosecution.

Ian Bridge, the barrister representing Howsego, told Snaresbrook crown court today that he was aware Mrs Holt was in the public gallery.

Mr Bridge told the court: “I want to put on the record my client’s condolences in expressing in court how sorry he is that he has been involved in this situation.”

Judge Nigel Peters QC set a trial date of February 18 next year. The trial is expected to last three days. Howsego, who was driving a Volvo lorry at the time, was granted unconditional bail.