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New extensions to Cycleway 4 will enable safer essential cycle journeys during pandemic

Cycleway 4 is the first major protected cycle route in southeast London, currently running as two sections between Tower Bridge Road and Rotherhithe, and Greenwich and Angerstein Roundabout.

TfL has set out plans to make a series of trial changes to Tooley Street and Duke Street Hill in central London, which will extend the new Cycleway 4 route to enable safer essential journeys between London Bridge, Rotherhithe and beyond.

The changes are a vital part of TfL's emergency response to the coronavirus pandemic and TfL is asking people for their initial feedback on the plans ahead of construction work starting in early March.

This follows the recent start of construction work on a further trial extension to the route in southeast London, between Angerstein Roundabout and Charlton.

Construction work on Cycleway 4 started in July 2019 and the first section of the route, completed in September 2020, is already connecting neighbourhoods in southeast London to central London via a fully protected cycle route between Tower Bridge Road and Rotherhithe.

TfL is working to build trial schemes which enable more people to walk and cycle and help to maintain space on public transport for those who need it.

Future cycling demand

Trial changes planned for Tooley Street and Duke Street Hill as part of this emergency response include:

  • Sections of light cycle segregation with wands in both directions, along Tooley Street and Duke Street Hill, as well as extended advanced stop lines for people cycling
  • The eastbound arm of Tooley Street will be closed near the London Bridge Hospital and will become a new pedestrian space. It will mean the large numbers of people walking who exit from London Bridge station and cross Duke Street Hill will have more room and fewer roads to cross when travelling east
  • Some changes for general traffic including a new left turn ban into Queen Elizabeth Street (except for local buses, taxis and cycles) which will reduce the risk of road danger and protect people cycling from the potential of being injured by vehicles turning left

London Bridge is one of the capital's busiest rail and Tube stations and TfL is anticipating an increase in people arriving at London Bridge station wanting to continue their onward journeys by foot or cycle, when lockdown measures are eased and public transport capacity is used by those who need it most.

Tooley Street is on a key strategic cycling corridor and is in the top five per cent for current and future cycling demand in London. Creating this trial extension to the Cycleway 4 route will help to maximise the role played by London's existing cycle network in supporting those who need to travel.

Making sure the changes work for people living in, working in and travelling through the area is vital. While the trial changes are being delivered from March via experimental traffic orders as part of TfL's pandemic response, people are being invited to submit their initial feedback on the changes from today via TfL's website.

A more extensive engagement process will begin later once the changes are in place and all feedback received from now onwards will be taken into consideration as part of this.

TfL will use this engagement to help it decide whether it is necessary to make any changes to the trial scheme once it is in place, and whether it should stay in place permanently.

TfL recently started construction work on the second phase of an extension to Cycleway 4 between Greenwich and Charlton, which will trial using cylinders to protect people cycling from motor traffic between the Angerstein Roundabout and Charlton.

This second phase builds on the 2km of trial cycle route that TfL previously completed in December 2020 between Greenwich and the Angerstein Roundabout. This first phase included a protected route through the Roundabout, where a man was tragically killed cycling in 2018.

Several people have been seriously injured cycling along the busy route in recent years and the new infrastructure, which separates people on bikes from motor traffic, will give people confidence that they can cycle safely without having to mix with vehicles. Both phases are being delivered as part of TfL's emergency response to the coronavirus pandemic.

When this extension in Greenwich is complete, the new lanes will form part of an extended Cycleway 4, which will connect Charlton and Greenwich. Work from Greenwich towards central London also restarted in December 2020 along Creek Road. This includes the redesign of several junctions along Creek Road, a segregated two-way cycle track and the installation of new pedestrian crossings.

Boost connections

TfL will continue to work closely with local councils on plans to build the remaining sections of Cycleway 4 between Rotherhithe and Greenwich, which will further boost connections between Greenwich and central London via high-quality cycle routes.

Will Norman, London's Walking & Cycling Commissioner, said:

”Recent TfL data shows that many Londoners have turned to cycling during the pandemic as a way to exercise and make essential journeys, so it is vital that they are able to do so safely.

“The trial changes being made to extend Cycleway 4 will enable more people to cycle safely and easily around London Bridge and beyond, building upon measures already taken to extend the route between Greenwich and Charlton. I urge people to submit their feedback now and take part in the engagement, so we can ensure these changes work for all those living, working and travelling in the area.”

Helen Cansick, TfL's Head of Healthy Streets Delivery, said:

”As the pandemic continues, the need for safe walking and cycling infrastructure is more important than ever, to ensure that there is enough space on public transport for those who need to travel.

“These trial extensions to Cycleway 4 will create a much safer environment for those cycling between central London, southeast London and beyond and we really value people's feedback on our plans to ensure that they work for everyone.”

Recent cycle count data from TfL shows increased levels of cycling in both inner and outer London last autumn, as people across the capital continued to use active travel as a vital way of getting around during the coronavirus pandemic.

These counts showed a seven per cent increase in cycling in inner London and a 22% increase in outer London, compared to the previous count in spring 2019.

In December, TfL published its Travel in London report, which showed that almost half of all journeys between April and June 2020 were made by walking and cycling - up from 29% before the pandemic.

TfL continues to work with the boroughs to deliver new or upgraded protected cycle routes across London.

Upgrades to the CS7 cycle route have given communities between Colliers Wood and Clapham access to a much improved, largely segregated route for cycling, while similar upgrades have also been carried out on the CS8 route between Lambeth Bridge and Chelsea Bridge.

TfL has also delivered a trial section of the segregated Cycleway 9 route in Chiswick. In total, 90km of new or upgraded cycle routes have been delivered or are under construction in London since May 2020.

Notes to Editors

  • TfL is delivering the Greenwich to Charlton scheme on behalf of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, who will be asking people in the area for their views on this scheme
  • Feedback on TfL's plans for the work on Tooley Street and Duke Street Hill can be submitted at


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