The construction of Cycleway 4 will commence ahead of schedule, the Mayor of London has confirmed.
Sadiq Khan made the announcement when visiting Rotherhithe roundabout to observe the transformation; he announced the earlier start of construction to help communities in south east London to enjoy the route between Tower Bridge and Greenwich.
Originally, the work was meant to start in April 2020 but instead, construction at the Creek Road section will now commence later this year.
Cycleway 4 will add an extra 10km of segregated cycle route to London’s network, enabling thousands of people to travel by bike in a safer fashion, whilst also providing crossings for pedestrians.
It highlights the commitment to Vision Zero; the Mayor of London is committed to eradicating deaths and serious injuries from collisions by 2041.
It is an ambitious target but initiatives such as Cycleway 4 will provide more protected space on the roads of the capital, ensuring vulnerable road users – cyclists and pedestrians – can feel safer.
As it stands, Transport for London (TfL) is on course to treble the amount of protected space on the roads of London between 2016 and 2020.
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 Cycle scheme to Bermondsey and Rotherhithe for the first time will provide a further boost for cycling in south east London.”
Cycleway 4 is just one of a number of new routes that are either under construction or in development across the capital.
More major routes other than this are set to begin this autumn.