TfL opens major new protected cycleway

TfL has opened a major new cycleway between Tower Bridge Road and Rotherhithe.

The 3.6-kilometre section of Cycleway 4 follows a key corridor along Jamaica Road and Tooley Street and connects southeast London to central London via a fully protected cycle route. As part of the work, Rotherhithe roundabout was completely overhauled, transforming one of the area’s ‘most intimidating’ junctions with a new, safer layout that is much easier to navigate by bike.

The scheme has also created three new pedestrian crossings on Jamaica Road at the junctions with Abbey Street, Bevington Street and outside the entrance to Southwark Park, as well as widening the pedestrian crossing outside Bermondsey station.

Three new Santander Cycles docking stations have also opened along the route, which will boost access to bikes for people living in and visiting the area. The new docking stations at Tower Wharf, George Row and Rotherhithe roundabout are the first to open in this part of the city. Londoners can hire a bike for £2 for unlimited journeys up to 30 minutes, within a 24-hour period. New docking stations at nearby Canada Water and Bermondsey station will follow later this year.

“I’m really pleased that the first section of Cycleway 4 from Tower Bridge to Rotherhithe is now complete,” said Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner. “By providing the first fully protected route from southeast London to central London at a time when many Londoners are beginning to cycle in the city or returning to it, we will enable many more journeys by bike.

“This is more critical than ever to prevent a spike in car use as public transport capacity remains reduced. Rotherhithe roundabout has been completely overhauled to reduce road danger, and the new Santander Cycle docking stations are the first for Bermondsey and Rotherhithe, which will enable us to further build on the momentum of our world-leading Streetspace programme.”

The newly opened section of Cycleway 4 is the first of a longer route towards Woolwich, which will be one of London’s longest cycle routes once complete. Work on a further section of the route between Greenwich and Charlton was brought forward and began at the start of September.

Plans for the section between Greenwich and Charlton include vital changes to the Angerstein roundabout. TfL will soon start work on a temporary extension of the route over London Bridge as part of the Streetspace programme, creating a connection to TfL’s recently opened walking and cycling corridor to Liverpool Street and Shoreditch.

The new route between Tower Bridge Road and Rotherhithe is the first permanent section of Cycleway to be completed since the COVID-19 pandemic began and is complemented by hundreds of temporary Streetspace schemes across the capital, including the nearly 80 kilometres of new or upgraded cycle lanes created so far.

TfL data has shown strong increases in the numbers of people cycling in London since the pandemic started, with an increase in cycling of 97% seen recently on the weekend of 19th-20th September, compared to the same weekend last year.

Gareth Powell, TfL’s managing director of surface transport, added: “We’ve seen thousands of extra cycling journeys every week since the pandemic began, as people across London discover the health and environmental benefits of getting around by bike. The vital new Cycleway and docking stations will be a major boost to people living in Rotherhithe, Bermondsey and beyond and I’d like to thank everybody in the area for their patience during construction work.

“We’ll continue to work closely with Southwark Council on our Streetspace programme and are pressing ahead with our bold plans to make streets across London safer and more attractive to people walking and cycling.”

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