Construction work is set to begin on the Cycleway 4 which will run between Tower Bridge and Greenwich in the hopes of making cycling and walking safer in south-east London
Cycling and walking in south-east London is set to become safer as TfL confirmed 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 dangerous 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 enable thousands more journeys in south-east London to be made more safely.
Overall, the Cycleway 4 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.
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.
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said: “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”
Nadia Broccardo, chief executive of Team London Bridge, said: “The construction of Cycleway 4 is great news for our business community.
“Cycling will play a major part in the ongoing transformation of London Bridge as a globally significant place of modern commerce, enterprise and creativity, and in creating one of the UK’s flagship transport hubs.
“A better cycling network will enable the area to become quieter, greener, safer, less polluted, more welcoming, more inclusive, more efficient and better connected. It will benefit communities that work, visit and live in London Bridge.”
TfL and Greenwich Council are also working on proposals to extend Cycleway 4 to Woolwich, which includes proposals to reduce road danger at the Angerstein/Woolwich Road roundabout and will complement Greenwich’s ambitious Liveable Neighbourhood scheme, which will make Greenwich town centre less congested, safer for people walking and cycling, and more efficient for business deliveries.