‘Major boost’ for London’s cycling network

Two new temporary cycle lanes, totalling almost 5.5km, have been opened as part of TfL’s Streetspace programme.

The two routes – in Greenwich and Hounslow – build on the 90km of new or upgraded cycle lanes that have been delivered, or are under construction, in response to Covid-19.

The new route in Greenwich includes a protected route through the Angerstein Roundabout, which is one of the ‘most dangerous and intimidating junctions’ in the area. 

Other improvements include new pedestrian crossings which provide a more direct route through Angerstein Roundabout for people on foot.   

In Hounslow, the new 2.4km track along Chiswick High Road is the first major section of the Cycleway 9 (C9) route to open. The new route links to other changes to create one of the longest Cycleways to have opened under the Streetspace programme so far. 

TfL says that while the current Covid-19 rules state that people must stay at home and avoid travel unless essential, it is important that as many essential journeys as possible are made by walking and cycling.

Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: “Creating more cycle routes is more important than ever so I’m delighted that these two new routes are now complete. 

“Not only will they enable many more journeys to be made by bike, which is vital to reduce the risk of a car-led recovery from the pandemic, but they also help ease pressure on public transport while social distancing continues to limit capacity. 

“I’m particularly pleased that the notorious Angerstein roundabout has been made much safer for both people cycling and those on foot.”

05 January 2021