Construction work on a major new Cycleway in east London is set to begin this winter, as Transport for London (TfL) outlines the next steps for plans which would transform neighbourhoods between Hackney and Westferry and enable thousands more journeys to be made on foot and by cycle. In May, TfL invited people to have their say on the plans, which would reduce danger to people walking and cycling and add 2km of protected space to London’s growing network of cycle routes.
The proposed Cycleway was the first new cycling route to be consulted on from TfL's Strategic Cycling Analysis, which used data to identify 25 areas which showed the best potential for growing cycling numbers. More than 1,800 people took part in the consultation and 91 per cent thought that the proposals would boost the number of people cycling in the area. Nearly three quarters also thought that the changes would enable more people to make journeys in the area on foot. The changes will include:
Segregated cycle tracks on Burdett Road and West India Dock Road, providing a dedicated space for people who want to cycle
Safety improvements along the route including improvements at junctions, traffic calming and a new 20mph speed limit along Burdett Road
Two new signal-controlled pedestrian crossings and upgrades to existing pedestrian crossings along the route, making it easier and safer to cross the road
New and improved public and green spaces, including new paving, trees and planting
Links to existing cycling routes in Hackney and Tower Hamlets including Cycleways 2 and 3
Changes to some bus stop layouts and locations, including introduction of new bus stop bypasses for people cycling
Changing entry to and exit from some side roads along the route
Road resurfacing providing improvements for people walking and cycling as well as for buses and general traffic
Upgrading pavements to improve comfort for people walking.
TfL say they listened to people’s feedback on the proposals and made changes to the designs at two locations in response to comments. Subject to the approvals process, construction work on the first section of the route is set to begin this winter. Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: “I’m delighted that construction work on this major new Cycleway is set to begin this winter. The overwhelming support for the plans during the public consultation shows there is great demand for walking and cycling improvements which enable many more people to get around on foot or by bike as part of their everyday routine. By reducing car use we will improve air quality for everyone, and reduce congestion.”
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