Plans for ‘major’ new Cycleway in southeast London

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TfL has set out plans to overhaul one of southeast London’s ‘most dangerous roads’ and make neighbourhoods between Greenwich and Woolwich safer for people walking and cycling.

TfL figures show road danger in the area is high, with 215 collisions leading to death or injury recorded along the A206 Woolwich Road in 2017 and 2018. 

In 2017, 18% of all casualties on the road were people cycling.

TfL plans to improve safety and improve air quality in the area by building a new ‘high quality’ 6.5km Cycleway, which would run between Greenwich and Woolwich.

TfL is asking people to have their say on the first phase of this route, between Charlton and Woolwich, with plans including:

  • A new two-way, fully segregated high-quality 2.5km Cycleway, which would run along the A206 Woolwich Road
  • Six new pedestrian crossings with improvements to a number of others along the route
  • Widening the pavement at a number of locations, to give people walking more space

Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner, said: “I’m delighted that we’re pushing ahead with these bold plans – part of a new high-quality cycle route from Tower Bridge all the way to the heart of Woolwich. 

“With additional pedestrian crossings and a new bus lane, the route will be made better and safer for everyone. 

“The area around Angerstein roundabout has seen two fatalities in recent years, and we will continue to work closely with Greenwich Council to deliver these vital improvements as soon as possible.”

Nigel Hardy, TfL’s head of healthy streets investment and delivery, said: “We know that people in London want to choose greener and healthier alternatives to cars, but road danger and congestion remains unacceptably high on roads across the Capital. 

“Our plans for Woolwich Road would make a real difference to everyone who wants to walk, cycle and use public transport more often and to the communities who live along this busy and intimidating stretch of road.”

TfL’s consultation into the first 2.5km of the route, between Charlton and Woolwich, is now open until 16 February. A further consultation on the section between Charlton and Greenwich will follow.

10 January 2020