Sustrans celebrates opening of more Quietways in London

Group of women cycling on a quiet street in Lambeth, London on Queitway 5

Parents riding Quietway 5 in Lambeth - the route connects Oval Station to Clapham Old Town

Looking down on people cycling through Gladstone Park, Brent Quietway 3

Quietway 3 runs through Gladstone Park in Brent providing a quiet route from Dollis Hill to Kilburn Station

Three women cycling in Clapham Common Park London

Learning to ride on Queitway 5 in Clapham Common

21 March 2018

We’re celebrating the opening of new sections of Quietway routes in Brent and Lambeth. Our project team have been working hard with Transport for London (TfL) as well as Brent Council and Lambeth Council to open up the Quietway network further, making it easier for Londoners to cycle around their capital.

The first sections of Quietway 3 in Brent and Quietway 5 in Lambeth are now open, offering people a real choice to leave their car at home, get on their bikes and cycle down quieter streets, away from the busier roads in London.

We’re proud to have helped TfL and the London Boroughs of Brent and Lambeth make it easier for people to cycle. It’s been great working with the councils making the Quietways a reality for Londoners.

-  Matt Winfield, London Director, Sustrans

Brent’s first Quietway section links Gladstone Park with Kilburn Station and in Lambeth the new Quietway section links Oval and Clapham Old Town.

Along with TfL, we want to encourage people to try out these routes for themselves and experience their commute, their trip to the local shops or their journey to school in a completely different way – leaving the car at home and jumping on the bike.

The new routes complement a number of other cycling initiatives across London including Mini-Holland schemes and Cycle Superhighways.

Quietways are designed to make cycling more attractive by providing a continuous cycling route away from busier streets. All Quietways are marked with purple signs to help people find their way along roads they may never have cycled along before. The routes are ideal for people who are new to cycling, as well as anyone who wants to cycle on quieter streets.

These new routes are part of the Mayor of London’s commitment to record levels of spending on cycling, an average of £169 million in investment per year over the next five years.

Awarded Transport Consultant of the Year 2018, we’ve already been formally recognised for our work with TfL, London boroughs and many others, helping to transform the capital into a cycle and pedestrian-friendly city. And we’re looking forward to continuing our working with our partners to make it easier for all Londoners to cycle.

Brent – Q3

Quietway 3 travels through Gladstone Park before connecting to Willesden Green station along Park Avenue. It then continues along Chatsworth Road to provide a further connection to Tube services at Kilburn station. The section from Gladstone Park to Kilburn station is the first of a longer route, which will eventually provide a direct, quick and safe link to Regent’s Park.

Lambeth – Q5

The route provides a quieter connection between Oval station and Clapham Old Town. Cyclists can also connect to Cycle Superhighway 7 at Clapham Common and Cycle Superhighway 5 at Oval.

The section from Oval to Clapham Old Town is the first of a longer route, which will eventually provide a direct, quick and safe link from Waterloo in the north to Norbury in the south. At Waterloo, cyclists will be able to continue their journeys along quieter streets on Quietway 1, which runs to Greenwich. The route will also connect to Q4 at Clapham Common, providing a route all the way from Waterloo via Clapham Common to Wimbledon.

Matt Winfield, London Director, Sustrans said:

“We’re proud to have helped TfL and the London Boroughs of Brent and Lambeth make it easier for people to cycle. It’s been great working with the councils making the Quietways a reality for Londoners.

“In Brent, we’ve also helped support the council and TfL with improvements near to Q3 at Carlton Vale in Lambeth, Q5 opens up very useful connections to other parts of London’s cycling network. It is also ideal for anyone wanting a quieter alternative to the busy Cycle Superhighway 7.

“Quietways help to give more transport choices to anyone wanting to get about under their own steam. There’s already been a 56% rise in people riding the first Quietway route from Waterloo to Greenwich, and it’s exciting to think that there is still a lot more to come, with 28 Quietway routes now in delivery across the capital. These will help reduce traffic congestion, improve people’s physical and mental wellbeing and help improve our air quality.”

Brent’s environment chief Cllr Eleanor Southwood said:

“We’re committed to encouraging even more people to either discover the joys of cycling for the first time, or return to pedal after a break, so the new Quietway cycle route is really welcome.”

Find out more about London’s Quietways 

Hear what people riding Quietway 1 had to say