Transport for London (TfL) has begun construction on the latest section of Cycleway 4 in Deptford. The cycleway is part of a major new route which is already enabling thousands of safer and easier cycle journeys throughout the area every week.
It will create enough space for pedestrians and cyclists to walk and cycle safely, which is vital in ensuring a sustainable and healthy recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as around 60% of households in inner London don’t have access to a car. Sections of the route, which is set to run from central London to Greenwich when it is finished, have already been completed between Tower Bridge Road and Rotherhithe, and on Creek Road in Deptford.
Once complete, the scheme will create:
- 4km of two-way protected cycle track, which will play a vital role in reducing road danger and encouraging people to cycle more often.
- New pedestrian crossings at Gosterwood Street and Grinstead Road, which will make walking journeys easier and safer.
- Upgrades to existing pedestrian crossings at Oxestalls Road and Deptford High Street.
- Wider footways and a new public space at New King Street, with new trees and seating, making the local neighbourhood a nicer place to walk around and spend time in.
Once work on Evelyn Street has reached completion, residents will be able to cycle between central London and Greenwich with ease on a safer and mostly protected cycle route.
Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor for Transport, said: “Thousands of people are already benefiting from new and upgraded cycle routes across London, and the next phase of Cycleway 4 will make a huge difference to those cycling around Deptford. Making it easier to walk and cycle in the capital is key to a green and sustainable recovery from the pandemic, and it’s really exciting that this key route between central London and Greenwich is going to be improved.”
Nick Fairholme, TfL’s Director of Project and Programme Delivery, said: “Ensuring that people have sustainable options for travel is an essential part of the capital’s recovery from coronavirus, and this next section of Cycleway 4 will make it even easier for adults, children and families to cycle around Deptford and beyond. We’d like to thank people in the area for their patience as construction work continues and advise people using local roads to leave more time for their journeys.”
TfL is continuing preparation work to start construction on a number of new cycle routes later in the autumn, including routes in Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Hounslow.
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