On your bike: Mayor gives green light to development of six new London cycle routes including Ilford to Barking Riverside

Rebecca Smith
Khan said boosting cycling will be key to help tackling London's air quality troubles
Khan said boosting cycling will be key to help tackling London's air quality troubles (Source: Getty)

The mayor of London today announced six new cycle routes across the capital where design work will now get underway, including Hackney to the Isle of Dogs and Ilford to Barking Riverside.

Sadiq Khan said the routes selected have some of the highest potential for cycling but at present, don't have the safe infrastructure necessary.

Analysis by Transport for London (TfL) identified the top 25 connections where cycling infrastructure is needed to tap into the route's potential and encourage more people to cycle. Further work between TfL and the boroughs has now identified these six routes as the first ones to take forward to the design stage.

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The six new cycle routes
  1. Lea Bridge to Dalston

    This 3km route would link the City and Waltham Forest by filling the gap between Lea Bridge Road and Cycle Superhighway 1 at Dalston

  2. Ilford to Barking Riverside

    This 8km route improve access to the Elizabeth Line and London Overground services

  3. Hackney to the Isle of Dogs

    This 8km route would stretch from Hackney to the Isle of Dogs via Canary Wharf, Mile End and Victoria Park

  4. Rotherhithe to Peckham

    This 4km route would link Peckham with key and growing destinations such as Canada Water and Surrey Quays

  5. Tottenham Hale to Camden

    This 8km route would connect major town centres

  6. Wembley to Willesden Junction

    This 5km route would be north west London’s first major cycle route, connecting Wembley, Stonebridge Park and Willesden Junction

Initial work suggests the routes would be around 75 per cent on main roads, where TfL would look to make them substantially segregated. Around a quarter would be direct routes on back streets.

Khan said:

Working closely with the boroughs, we’re providing new routes in both inner and outer London, including in areas that haven’t previously seen serious investment in cycling infrastructure.

Encouraging more Londoners to cycle as part of their everyday routine is vital – providing huge benefits to people’s health, cutting congestion and air pollution for every Londoner, and improving quality of life in local neighbourhoods.

London Assembly Liberal Democrat member Caroline Pidgeon said increasing cycle routes to Rotherhithe in particular was "vital to maximise the benefits of the Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf pedestrian and cycle bridge".

However, she said the new raised "far more questions than answers".

"In particular it is far from clear whether these cycle routes will be Quietways or operate as Cycle Superhighways," Pidgeon said. “If they are to be Cycle Superhighways we need assurances that these routes will be built to the highest design of cycle infrastructure that has long existed in Holland and Denmark. And if they are to be new Quietway routes why is no mention even made of the term?"

She added:

If the mayor is embarking on alternatives to both Cycle Superhighways and Quietways we need far more information to explain this change of policy and the departure from his manifesto pledge to increase the provision of both.

City Hall said it was still working with individual boroughs to determine the exact alignment of routes and therefore what types of infrastructure will be needed.

Will Norman, London's walking and cycling commissioner, said: "Backed up by the mayor’s record investment, we’re working in close collaboration with London boroughs to design six new cycle routes that would connect key town centres, join up existing cycle infrastructure, and start to create a genuinely pan-London network of cycle routes accessible to millions more Londoners."

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