Transport for London (TfL) confirmed on Wednesday that construction work on a major new segregated cycle route will begin on 5 July.
Work is starting on the first section of Cycleway 4 between Tower Bridge and Rotherhithe Roundabout, and includes new pedestrian crossings along Tooley Street and Jamaica Road and the overhaul of the Rotherhithe roundabout.
TfL has been working closely with Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich Councils on plans for this major new high-quality route which, when complete, will connect neighbourhoods between Tower Bridge and Greenwich to London’s growing network of high-quality Cycleways and will encourage more journeys in south-east London to be made more safely. Overall, the scheme involves £54m of investment from TfL’s Healthy Street budget.
The Mayor and TfL are working to double the number of cycle journeys across the capital over the next six years as part of a shift towards more efficient, healthier and less polluting forms of transport. TfL has doubled the amount of protected space on London’s roads for people cycling since 2016 and is on course to triple this by 2020.
Major upgrades planned as part of the route include:
A 4km two-way segregated cycle track on Tooley Street, Jamaica Road, Evelyn Street and Creek Road, which will keep people cycling separated from motor traffic
Five new signal-controlled pedestrian crossings and upgrades to more than 20 existing pedestrian crossings
An overhauled Rotherhithe roundabout, which will transform one of London’s most dangerous junctions as part of TfL’s Safer Junctions programme
A new eastbound bus gate on the Jamaica Road approach to Rotherhithe roundabout, giving buses priority and easier access into Lower Road
New and improved street layout at Deptford High Street and Rotherhithe roundabout, including new paving and trees.
Work will start in July on an initial 1.8km section of segregated cycle route. Construction work on further sections of the route, including Evelyn Street and Creek Road, will begin next year.
Overall, TfL is investing a record £2.3bn in ‘Healthy Streets‘ to enable more walking and cycling in London.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’m delighted that work is about to begin on this major new cycle route in south-east London. High-quality segregated cycle routes greatly increase the numbers of people who feel confident cycling on our streets and with new pedestrian crossings along the route, road danger will be substantially reduced for thousands of pedestrians too.
“Boroughs like Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich really understand the huge benefits of investing in high-quality walking and cycling infrastructure. With record investment from TfL we will continue to work with boroughs who share our vision to tackle London’s inactivity crisis, reduce road danger, and get more people out of their cars and into cleaner greener forms of transport.”
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