Construction set to start on new Hackney cycle route

TfL and Hackney Council have set out the next steps of their plans for a new cycle route between Lea Bridge and Dalston – which includes an overhaul of Lea Bridge Roundabout.

In 2019, TfL asked local people to have their say on its plans to make roads connecting local neighbourhoods better for walking and cycling. 

The publication of the consultation report was paused while TfL worked closely with the boroughs to adapt the pre-pandemic walking and cycling infrastructure programme into a London-wide response to coronavirus.

However, it has now published plans for the route, which include:

  • An overhaul of Lea Bridge Roundabout, including protected cycle lanes, to make it safer for people to cross this junction
  • A protected cycle lane westbound on Lea Bridge Road, to separate people cycling from motor traffic
  • A new tree-lined boulevard for people cycling and walking within Millfields Park, with new trees, lighting and improved landscaping
  • New and upgraded signalised junctions with facilities for people walking and cycling
  • Changing entry to and exit from some roads along the route

Construction work on the route is now planned to begin in Millfields Park in the autumn, with work planned to begin on Lea Bridge Road and at Lea Bridge Roundabout in next year, subject to continued Government funding support for TfL. 

This means that this section of the cycle route could be completed by spring 2022.

TfL says the route will play ‘a vital role’ in enabling thousands of people in the area to cycle more easily and safely each week.

Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner, said: “I’m really pleased that construction work on the new Cycleway between Lea Bridge and Clapton is due to begin this autumn.

“The overhaul of Lea Bridge Roundabout and new cycle lanes will make it much safer and easier for Londoners to walk and cycle and help ensure a cleaner and greener recovery from the pandemic.”

TfL seeks to make to Earls Court Road changes permanent
Meanwhile, TfL is asking people to have their say on making the extension of the pavement on Earls Court Road permanent.

In May last year, TfL made some changes to Earls Court Road to provide more space for people walking and to allow them to properly social distance while travelling.

TfL is now proposing that two extensions to the pavement are made permanent on Earls Court Road around Earl’s Court Tube station, to give people walking more space:

  • Between Child’s Street and Child’s Place
  • Between Earls Court Gardens and Barkston Gardens. A loading bay near to the junction with Barkston Gardens will be re-instated, with no stopping at any time except loading (max 20 mins)

TfL says the scheme will make the area much more welcoming to people walking and will also help buses to serve bus stops, making it easier for people to use public transport too.

TfL’s consultation is now open and runs until 24 September 2021.

01 September 2021