The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched a public consultation on the first high-quality segregated route to south-east London. The news follows hot on the heels of the recently announced public consultation on CS9 from Kensington Olympia to Brentford.
The new Superhighway includes more than four kilometres of two-way segregated cycle tracks on Tooley Street, Jamaica Road, Evelyn Street and Creek Road. It features five new traffic light pedestrian crossings, the upgrade of more than 20 existing crossings, and the redesign of the Rotherhithe Roundabout, which was identified as a priority as part of the Mayor’s Safer Junctions programme. It will also connect to the wider cycling network, connecting with Quietway 14 via segregated lane on Tanner Street.
The route has been identified as a priority due to the area's high demand for cycling – with nearly 3,500 daily trips already made on the A200 – high potential for more people to take up cycling, and the need for safety improvements, with 93 collisions involving cyclists along this section of the A200 in three years.
It will also connect to the wider cycling network, connecting with Quietway 14 via segregated lane on Tanner Street. This quietway would link the North-South Cycle Superhighway with the proposed Cycle Superhighway 4. Plans for the section on Lower Road, which will incorporate the regeneration planned for Canada Water, will be consulted on next year
Together the two superhighways will play a vital role in the Mayor's work to promote cycling and walking for the good of Londoners' health and air quality.
Sustrans’ Acting London Director, Matt Winfield, said:
“Cycle Superhighway 4 will be an important way to unlock cycling for more Londoners, helping to clean our air, keep people moving and improve our health.
“Segregated routes like these are an essential part of the mix to help more of us get on our bikes and will increase the record numbers that already are cycling. And the improvements between Tower Hill and Greenwich, particularly at the Rotherhithe Roundabout, are a real step forward to keep Londoners safer on our streets.
“Busy main roads and junctions prevent people from cycling or walking. This proposal will make London’s streets healthier and safer."
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:
"I'm delighted to be able to announce plans to bring more than 4km of segregated cycle lanes to south-east London. We need more Londoners to cycle and walk for the good of their health and our air quality, and that's why we're working so hard make cycling safer and easier right across the capital. By bringing this route to an area of such high demand, this superhighway really will open up cycling to thousands more Londoners."
Will Norman, London's Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said:
"I'm so pleased that we can share our plans for Cycle Superhighway 4 just one week after announcing Cycle Superhighway 9. These new routes are a key part of our work to make cycling more accessible across London and will add more than 10km of segregated lanes to the capital's roads. South-east London is an area of huge cycling potential so I know that CS4 will make a real difference to so many cyclists and budding riders by providing a safe segregated route that links straight into our growing cycling network."
Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, said:
"Our plans for Cycle Superhighway 4 would dramatically improve access to cycling in south-east London as well as significantly improving pedestrian facilities. The Superhighway is an extremely efficient use of road space, which improves health and brings added environmental benefits, while boosting the local economy. We believe these plans will deliver huge benefits to those who live and work in the area and we know that their views are vital to help us shape our plans, so we can make them work for as many people as possible."
Subject to the results of this consultation, which closes on 19 November 2017, Transport for London (TfL) and partner boroughs aim to start building the cycle superhighway late in 2018.