The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today announced that construction of the next section of Cycleway 4 will start ahead of schedule.
The Mayor said work on the Creek Road section will start later this year - instead of April 2020 as originally planned - during a visit to see the ongoing transformation of Rotherhithe roundabout which has one of the worst safety records in the capital.
Once complete, Cycleway 4 will add 10km of segregated cycle route to London’s network.
New pedestrian crossings are to be installed in a bid to improve safety for foot-traffic.
Work on the first sections of Cycleway 4 began in July, with work currently taking place to create 3.6km of segregated Cycleway along Tooley Street and Jamaica Road. Work is also underway on a complete overhaul of Rotherhithe roundabout, which is included in the Safer Junctions programme, to create segregated cycle lanes around it. This section is set to be complete by spring next year.
The Mayor also announced that London’s cycle hire scheme, Santander Cycles, is set to be expanded along the new route between Tooley Street and Canada Water station when the Cycleway opens, with new docking stations being placed along the route.
Transport for London (TfL) has been working closely with its contractor and Southwark Council to keep any disruption caused by construction work to a minimum. Much of the work has been planned to take place over the school holidays, when there are fewer people using the roads. TfL is also monitoring traffic along the route regularly, adjusting traffic light timings where necessary.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’m delighted that we are bringing forward construction on this latest segregated cycle way so that people can enjoy the benefits of this major new Cycleway route sooner. By creating new crossings and segregated routes we will make it safer and more convenient for many more Londoners to walk and cycle, which is crucial to clean up our toxic air. Expanding the Santander Cycles scheme to Bermondsey and Rotherhithe for the first time will provide a further boost for cycling in south east London.”
Julie Lewington, TfL’s Head of Projects and Programmes, said: “Cycleway 4 will provide a real boost for people walking and cycling in south-east London, making it much easier and safer to switch to cleaner, greener ways of moving. We’re making good progress with construction work and I’m looking forward to seeing the first people cycling on the route in the spring and hiring Santander Cycles along part of the route. I’d like to thank everyone in the local area for their patience during the work.”
Cycleway 4 is one of a number of new cycle routes which are either under construction or in development across the capital. The amount of protected space for cycling in London has doubled over the past three years and TfL is on course to triple this by next year. Construction work on a new Cycleway between Acton and Wood Lane is set to be complete by early 2020, with construction work on another major new route between Brentford and Olympia set to begin this autumn.
TfL has also recently asked people to have their say on proposals for other major new routes between Hackney and the Isle of Dogs, Ilford and Barking Riverside, and Lea Bridge and Dalston.
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