TfL has revealed plans to start work on a major new cycle route in South East London next summer.
The new cycle route, known as “Cycle Superhighway 4”, is expected by TfL to reduce danger to vulnerable road users and improve pedestrian facilities and public spaces between Tower Bridge and Greenwich.
It represents a commitment to eliminate all death and serious injury from London’s roads by 2041 made under Vision Zero strategy set by TfL, the Mayor of London and the Metropolitan Police.
The route will see a new, two-way segregated cycle track on Tooley Street, Jamaica Road, Evelyn Street and Creek Road, five new pedestrian crossings and upgrades to more than 20 existing pedestrian crossings. The project is also set to see a complete overhaul of Rotherhithe roundabout.
Construction work on the route, which comprises 4KM of segregated cycle track, is expected to begin in the summer of 2019.
The consultation on the route undertaken by TfL received more than 3,000 responses with 83% of respondents being in favour.
Referring to the survey, a spokesman for TfL said: “Many respondents suggested it would make cycling safer and more appealing and help to reduce air and noise pollution along the route.”
TfL has also proposed changes in traffic movements at the junction of Southwark Park Road and Jamaica Road and will carry out further consultation next year to ensure residents can have their perspectives on the plans heard.
Speaking of the route, TfL surface transport director of strategy and network development Ben Plowden said: “This major new route will make a real difference to the ever-growing numbers of southeast Londoners who are choosing to walk and cycle. It will encourage many more people to get on their bikes and make it significantly safer and easier to walk along and across the route.”
A joint consultation with Southwark Council on detailed proposals for the Lower Road section of the Cycle Superhighway 4 will be carried out by TfL in the spring of 2019.
Construction could start on the Lower Road section in 2020, a spokesperson for TfL has claimed.
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