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London’s first ‘Quietway’ cycling route to include Greenwich

The route is one of two alternatives to busy main roads opening in May 2015

Greenwich is to be among the first beneficiaries of a £120million initiative to bring calmer, more direct cycle paths to inner London.

The first of these seven 'Quietway' routes will run from Waterloo to Greenwich, with construction to commence over the next few weeks, creating a predominantly backstreet cycling route through Borough, Bermondsey and Deptford.

Junctions at major roads will be redesigned to help cyclists and a brand new cycle path created. This will follow the railway line from South Bermondsey station to Surrey Canal Road to the north of Millwall Football Club subject to final planning permissions.

A later extension to Walthamstow with five more routes at the design stage and around two dozen more will be delivered or in progress by 2016.

Sustrans, the leading cycling and walking charity, has been awarded a three year contract by Transport for London (TfL) to help deliver the £120 million network, in partnership with the local boroughs and other partners whose roads they will use. Every London borough will be served by the Quietways.

Unlike the old London Cycle Network, Quietways will be direct and clearly signed, mostly on the road itself, making it difficult for cyclists to lose their way. Because they are on lower-traffic roads, they will be largely unsegregated. The main interventions on the vast majority of the network will be waymarking, surfacing improvements where necessary, removing barriers such as chicanes and improving the flow of the route.

However, where directness demands the Quietway briefly join a main road, full segregation and direct crossing points will be provided, wherever possible, on that stretch. Quietways will be particularly suited to new cyclists.

TfL has also committed to fund “big-ticket” schemes in eight boroughs to tackle major blockages that make cycling difficult, which includes a new cycle superhub at Abbey Wood station and better links from there to Thamesmead.

Following a competitive tender process, Sustrans will help boroughs, the Canal and Rivers Trust, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Lea Valley Regional Park Authority and the Royal Parks design and manage the construction of the Quietways, using each local borough's own highways contractor to deliver the scheme.

The first seven quietways will be:

Waterloo to Greenwich (through Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham, Greenwich)

Bloomsbury to Walthamstow - first phase to Mare Street (Camden, Islington, Hackney, and Waltham Forest)

Regents Park/Marylebone to Gladstone Park in Dollis Hill (Westminster, Brent, Camden)

Waterloo to Crystal Palace (City, Southwark, Lambeth)

Aldgate to Hainault - first phase Whitechapel to Fulwell Cross (Tower Hamlets, Newham, Redbridge, Hackney)

Waterloo to Wimbledon via Clapham Common (Lambeth, Wandsworth, Merton)

Clapham Common to Croydon (Lambeth, Wandsworth, Croydon).

Mayor Boris Johnson, said: “If you would love to hop on a bike but feel intimidated by busier roads, these Quietway routes will be perfect, connecting parks, backstreets and waterways to create secret passages through London.

“They will get you where you need to go on a route you might not have known existed until we showed you. They will make cycling much more accessible for ordinary people, in their ordinary clothes, revealing some of London’s hidden gems along the way.”

Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, said: “Cycling is becoming more and more common place in our city, and we know many others would like to do so.

“The network of Quietways we will be introducing will open more options up for new and infrequent cyclists to take to the streets using less busy roads.

“This will further help shift more journeys away from cars, particularly in the outer boroughs.”

Sustrans London Director, German Dector-Vega, said: “The Quietways programme is just one part of a much larger cycling transformation happening in the capital, and these safe and convenient routes are an important step in the right direction.”

Analysis by TfL shows that more than half of the potentially cyclable trips in London, many of which are made by car, are in Outer London.

As well as the first seven routes, a second phase of the Quietways programme will look to extend the network across London. Delivery timescales depend on the boroughs concerned but it is hoped that a significant number will be delivered, or be in process of delivery, by 2016.

For more information about the Quietways programme, please visit


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