TfL opens new short-term cycle routes

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Greenwich and Chiswick get new routes below Streetspace programme

Mark Moran

30 December 2020

Cycleway 9 on Chiswick Excessive Highway

Cycleway 9 on Chiswick Excessive Highway

 

Transport for London (TfL), the Royal Borough of Greenwich and the London Borough of Hounslow have opened two new short-term cycle lanes totalling nearly 5.5km of house as a part of the Mayor’s daring Streetspace programme.

This venture builds on the 90km of recent or upgraded cycle lanes which have been delivered or are below development since Might in response to coronavirus.

The brand new route in Greenwich will make biking between the Outdated Royal Naval Faculty and Angerstein Roundabout a lot safer and features a protected route by way of the Angerstein Roundabout, which is likely one of the most harmful and intimidating junctions within the space and was the place any person was tragically killed biking in 2018. Different enhancements embody new pedestrian crossings that present a extra direct route by way of Angerstein Roundabout for individuals on foot. 

The brand new lane will kind a part of an prolonged Cycleway four (C4), which when full, will join Charlton and Greenwich to central London by way of Rotherhithe and Bermondsey. In September, TfL opened the primary part of the route between Tower Bridge Highway and Rotherhithe, together with a whole overhaul of Rotherhithe Roundabout and three new Santander Cycles docking stations alongside the route.

Cllr Sizwe James, cupboard member for setting, sustainability and transport on the Royal Borough of Greenwich, stated: “Making biking and strolling safer is vital to maintaining the momentum of individuals selecting these lively modes of transport as we proceed to seek out our approach by way of the pandemic.

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“The junction on the Angerstein roundabout has been an particularly harmful and tough junction to navigate for cyclists and pedestrians, so I’m glad that there’s now a safer route by way of there for everybody.”

In west London, the brand new 2.4km monitor alongside Chiswick Excessive Highway is the primary main part of the Cycleway 9 (C9) path to open. The brand new route hyperlinks to different adjustments to create one of many longest Cycleways to have opened below the Streetspace programme up to now. The brand new cycle monitor runs between Heathfield Terrace and Goldhawk Highway, separating individuals biking from visitors and lowering the danger of collisions with motor autos.

Different short-term work on C9 that has been carried out up to now consists of measures on Wellesley Highway and between Olympia and Goldhawk Highway, which have collectively created a safer biking hall between Olympia and Gunnersbury for the primary time. TfL will proceed to work with Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow Councils on plans to create the Cycleway 9 route in full.

Cllr Hanif Khan, Hounslow Council’s cupboard member for transport and One Hounslow, stated: “Offering protected areas for pedestrians and cyclists isn’t just a short-term COVID-19 dedication, however one London wants for the long term, to make sure higher security, and higher alternatives for individuals to enhance their well being, and to play their half in tackling local weather disaster and the standard of the environment.

“Though a couple of minor works are nonetheless to be accomplished we’ve got each purpose to imagine that, when Tier four ends, this route can be nicely used. Offering alternatives for individuals to alter how they get about can result in vital advantages for them, for our communities and for the setting.”

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Nick Fairholme, TfL’s director of venture and programme supply, stated: “We’re decided to do all we will to make sure that London recovers from coronavirus sustainably and measures to maintain individuals biking protected are completely important to this. These new protected cycle lanes will make an actual distinction to 1000’s of individuals within the space and past, giving them confidence as they make journeys by bike. I’d wish to thank individuals within the space for his or her persistence throughout development work and as with all of our new infrastructure, we’ll proceed to observe native roads to make sure that the brand new lanes are working as supposed.”  

Enabling extra individuals to stroll and cycle safely has been a central a part of TfL’s response to the coronavirus and plans assist London to keep away from a car-led restoration from the pandemic.  Current information printed by TfL confirmed strolling and biking accounted for half of all journeys between April and June, up from 29%.

TfL is working with London’s boroughs on plans for the following part of its Streetspace programme, which is creating further house throughout the capital to allow extra individuals to stroll and cycle safely whereas social distancing. Greater than 90km of recent or upgraded cycle lanes have been delivered or are below development up to now, and 22,500m2 of additional house for individuals strolling has additionally been created.

TfL has made a dedication to get rid of demise and severe harm on the transport community as a part of its Imaginative and prescient Zero method. It anticipates that the brand new cycle lanes will cut back the prospect of battle with motor autos by separating individuals biking from visitors, enabling extra individuals throughout the native areas and past to cycle with confidence. 

Will Norman, London’s strolling and biking commissioner, stated: “Creating extra cycle routes is extra essential than ever so I’m delighted that these two new routes at the moment are full. Not solely will they permit many extra journeys to be made by bike, which is important to scale back the danger of a car-led restoration from the pandemic, however additionally they assist ease stress on public transport whereas social distancing continues to restrict capability. I’m notably happy that the infamous Angerstein roundabout has been made a lot safer for each individuals biking and people on foot.”

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Ashok Sinha, chief government of the London Biking Marketing campaign, stated: “The London Biking Marketing campaign warmly welcomes the opening of those two new cycle lanes. They are going to additional lengthen the success of the Mayor’s Streetspace programme, enabling many extra Londoners to get round safely throughout the pandemic and past. A mass extension of the biking community can also be precisely what our metropolis wants to assist create local weather protected streets, cut back air air pollution and assist lively existence. This information can also be notably welcome as a result of the Angerstein junction in Greenwich, the place a bike owner was killed in a collision two years in the past, is now safer to cycle throughout.”

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