A construction start date for Cycleway 4 in south east London has been confirmed.
Transport for London (TfL) has announced that work will commence on 5 July on the scheme that aims to protect vulnerable road users, making cycling and walking in safer in south east London.
The work on Cycleway 4 will create a major segregated cycle route, with the first section between Tower Bridge and Rotherhithe Roundabout; this will include pedestrian crossings along Tooley Street and Jamaica Road.
Significantly, the work on Cycleway 4 will also overhaul the Rotherhithe roundabout, which is one of the most dangerous areas in the region for traffic and accidents.
When complete, the scheme – part of the Healthy Street project – will connect neighbourhoods between Tower Bridge and Greenwich to London’s growing network of Cycleways; indeed, proposals have been set out for a number of other routes that will also ensure greater safety and may even encourage people to walk or cycle, therefore reducing congestion and emissions.
Already, TfL has doubled the amount of protected cycle space on London’s roads since 2016, and is on track to treble this space by 2020.
The initial section comprises of 1.8km, with construction of further sections of the route set to start next year.
The 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 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 high quality walking and cycling infrastructure.”
Cycleway 4 plays a part in the Mayor’s Vision Zero commitment, which will eradicate deaths and serious injuries on the city’s roads by 2041.