Farewell Quietway 1 – TfL’s backstreet cycle route is given a new name

Cycleway 10 sign
Signs have appeared with the route’s new name

The Quietway 1 cycle route, which links Greenwich and Deptford with the South Bank, is getting a new name as part of a plan to rebrand London’s cycleways.

Signs have appeared along the route bearing the name Cycleway 10, which will be what the route will be known as in future.

When Quietway 1 opened in June 2016, it was envisaged as being part of a network of back-street and traffic-free routes, but only a handful were completed and many were criticised for following roads used by heavy lorries and speeding traffic. They were aimed at complementing cycle superhighways, routes which often followed main roads.

Quietway 1 had been seen as one of the more successful routes. It runs from Greenwich station, through Deptford to Surrey Canal Road, and then on a footpath past Millwall’s ground and through housing developments in Bermondsey. It eventually uses back-roads through Southwark and Waterloo to reach the South Bank by the National Theatre.

It even stayed true to the original blueprint of having cycleways named after Tube and bus routes – roughly paralleling the number 1 bus service.

But it still has gaps – there is no dedicated crossing at busy Trundleys Road in Deptford while the path past The Den is closed when Millwall are at home. In June 2018 a man was killed in a collision on the route at Childers Street in Deptford, on a stretch of road which was originally meant to have been closed to vehicles.

Now Transport for London is abolishing the distinction between quietways and cycle superhighway and rebranding them all as cycleways. Cycle Superhighway 1, which runs from the City to Tottenham, has already been renamed Cycleway 1, so Quietway 1 now becomes Cycleway 10.

A TfL spokesperson told 853: “We have been moving towards one brand for all cycle routes which will be called cycleways to avoid confusion between cycleways, cycle superhighways and quietways.

“As we have already rebranded Cycle Superhighway 1 to Cycleway 1 – the first to be introduced to the road network – Quietway 1 then became Cycleway 10.”

Greenwich is due to be linked with central London by a second, more direct route, Cycleway 4. Part has already been built through Bermondsey, and work is under way on Creek Road in Deptford, but plans to join the two sections up are yet to be finalised.

Another section, through Greenwich to Anchor & Hope Lane in Charlton, is awaiting completion, but no plans have yet been confirmed for joining this to the rest of Cycleway 4 via Greenwich town centre.

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