Construction of new cycle route in London set to begin in 2019

Part of the Vision Zero ambition to "eliminate all death and serious injury from London's roads"
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TfL has announced that it intends to start work, subject to final approvals, on a new segregated cycle route in south east London next summer.

It has said the new cycle route will significantly reduce danger to vulnerable road users and also improve pedestrian facilities and public spaces between Tower Bridge and Greenwich. 

The route forms part of the Mayor and TfL's Vision Zero commitment to eliminate all death and serious injury from London's roads by 2041.

It 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 will also see a overhaul of Rotherhithe roundabout, a junction on TfL's Safer Junctions list, which includes those with some of the worst safety records in the capital.

Will Norman, London's walking and cycling commissioner, said: "I am really pleased that the construction of Cycle Superhighway 4 will get underway in the summer. 

"The overwhelming support during the public consultation shows there is great demand for a safe segregated route, which will help enable more people to cycle. 

"Pedestrians will also benefit from new and improved crossings, enabling more people to leave their cars at home and leading to reduced congestion and cleaner air, which will benefit the whole community."

Denise Scott-Mcdonald, cabinet member for air quality, public realm and transport at Greenwich Council, said: "This much needed route will make it safer for people in Greenwich town centre and beyond to cycle into central London, which should boost cycling numbers and reduce air pollution. 

"I'm pleased that TfL has also committed to extending the safe cycling route from Greenwich town centre through the borough to Woolwich, and we will continue to work with them to deliver this."

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