Six new London cycle routes approved

 

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced six new cycle routes that will run across nine London boroughs.

The routes came out of Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Strategic Cycling Analysis, which identified 25 connections where new cycling infrastructure could have the most impact in enabling more people to cycle.

Further work between TfL and the boroughs identified the six routes as the initial projects to take forward to the design stage, which will begin immediately.

TfL and the boroughs will begin design work on:

  • Lea Bridge to Dalston - This 3km route would link the City and Waltham Forest by filling the gap between Lea Bridge Road and Cycle Superhighway 1 at Dalston
  • Ilford to Barking Riverside - This 8km route would link two bustling outer London town centres and a major growth area with up to 10,800 new homes and a new London Overground connection – while enhancing access to the Elizabeth line and London Overground services
  • Hackney to the Isle of Dogs - This 8km route would stretch from Hackney to the Isle of Dogs via Canary Wharf, Mile End and Victoria Park
  • Rotherhithe to Peckham - This 4km route would link Peckham with key and growing destinations such as Canada Water and Surrey Quays, and connect up other cycling routes such as Quietway 1 and the proposed Cycle Superhighway 4
  • Tottenham Hale to Camden - This 8km route would connect major town centres and will cover seven junctions identified as being among the 73 with the worst safety records
  • Wembley to Willesden Junction - This 5km route would be north-west London’s first major cycle route, connecting Wembley, Stonebridge Park and Willesden Junction. Future sections will connect to planned infrastructure in west London such as CS9 and CS10.

The mayor added the planned river crossing Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf for pedestrians and cyclists could ultimately link the proposed cycle routes between Hackney and Peckham to create a continuous 12km cycle route.

An initial review of the route showed strong support for the project however TfL is still analysing all the responses and will be announcing the full results of the consultation in the coming months.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said: 'I’m delighted that work is now beginning on designing the next generation of high-quality cycle routes across the capital.

'Working closely with the boroughs, we’re providing new routes in both inner and outer London, including in areas that haven’t previously seen serious investment in cycling infrastructure. Encouraging more Londoners to cycle as part of their everyday routine is vital – providing huge benefits to people’s health, cutting congestion and air pollution for every Londoner, and improving quality of life in local neighbourhoods.'

Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: 'Our new Strategic Cycling Analysis shows that there is huge potential for getting more people to cycle all across the city.'

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