• Cycle Superhighway 4 will link Tower Bridge to Greenwich with more than 4km of segregated track
• New cycle superhighway will bring first high-quality segregated route to south-east London and link to the wider network
• Work also includes five new traffic light pedestrian crossings and the upgrade of more than 20 existing crossings
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today announced plans to introduce the first high-quality segregated cycle route to south-east London.
Cycle Superhighway 4 will bring safer cycling to the area as it connects Tower Bridge to Greenwich using more than four kilometres of segregated tracks.
The route has been identified as a priority due to the area’s high demand for cycling – with nearly 3,500 daily trips already made on the A200 – high potential for more people to take up cycling, and the need for safety improvements, with 93 collisions involving cyclists along this section of the A200 in three years.
The announcement comes a week after the Mayor unveiled a consultation on Cycle Superhighway 9, which will add nearly 6km of new segregated track to the capital’s roads between Kensington Olympia to Brentford. Together the two superhighways will play a vital role in the Mayor’s work to promote cycling and walking for the good of Londoners’ health and air quality.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’m delighted to be able to announce plans to bring more than 4km of segregated cycle lanes to south-east London. We need more Londoners to cycle and walk for the good of their health and our air quality, and that’s why we’re working so hard make cycling safer and easier right across the capital. By bringing this route to an area of such high demand, this superhighway really will open up cycling to thousands more Londoners.”
Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: “I’m so pleased that we can share our plans for Cycle Superhighway 4 just one week after announcing Cycle Superhighway 9. These new routes are a key part of our work to make cycling more accessible across London and will add more than 10km of segregated lanes to the capital’s roads. South-east London is an area of huge cycling potential so I know that CS4 will make a real difference to so many cyclists and budding riders by providing a safe segregated route that links straight into our growing cycling network.”
Nadia Broccardo, Chief Executive of Team London Bridge, said: “Businesses in the London Bridge area are keen to make this a safe and attractive place to walk and cycle, whether it’s for employees cycling to work or visitors coming to enjoy the attractions. With a new station and continued growth in the area, getting a street environment that makes cycling convenient, safe and attractive is more pressing than ever. We welcome the CS4 consultation and look forward to new investment ensuring a world class street environment for a healthy London Bridge.”
The first part of the consultation
, which launched 28 Sept, includes more than four kilometres of two-way segregated cycle tracks on Tooley Street, Jamaica Road, Evelyn Street and Creek Road.
It features five new traffic light pedestrian crossings, the upgrade of more than 20 existing crossings, and the redesign of the Rotherhithe Roundabout, which was identified as a priority as part of the Mayor’s Safer Junctions programme.
It will also connect to the wider cycling network, connecting with Quietway 14 via segregated lane on Tanner Street. This quietway would link the North-South Cycle Superhighway with the proposed Cycle Superhighway 4. Plans for the section on Lower Road, which will incorporate the regeneration planned for Canada Water, will be consulted on next year.
Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, said: “Our plans for Cycle Superhighway 4 would dramatically improve access to cycling in south-east London as well as significantly improving pedestrian facilities. The Superhighway is an extremely efficient use of road space, which improves health and brings added environmental benefits, while boosting the local economy. We believe these plans will deliver huge benefits to those who live and work in the area and we know that their views are vital to help us shape our plans, so we can make them work for as many people as possible.”
Subject to the results of this consultation, Transport for London (TfL) and partner boroughs aim to start building the cycle superhighway late next year. To take part in the consultation click here.