Work begins next week on the latest section of Cycleway 4 in Deptford – but riders are having to wait before they can use the most-recently built section of segregated track.
Construction of the 1.4km section along Evelyn Street will begin on Monday and last until May, Transport for London said.
Along with the protected two-way cycle track, there will be new pedestrian crossings at Gosterwood Street and Oxestalls Road along with wider footways and a new public space at New King Street.
Originally known as Cycle Superhighway 4, the route is due to run between Tower Bridge and Deptford Creek Bridge, and the first section as far as Rotherhithe Tunnel has already been finished.
A second section, along Creek Road, has been largely finished since May, but remains blocked to cyclists. TfL has told 853 that the hold-up is down to Greenwich Council works on Deptford Creek Bridge.
The latest works involve the stretch of road controlled by Lewisham Council.
Nick Fairholme, TfL’s director of project and programme delivery, said: “Ensuring that people have sustainable options for travel is an essential part of the capital’s recovery from coronavirus, and this next section of Cycleway 4 will make it even easier for adults, children and families to cycle around Deptford and beyond. We’d like to thank people in the area for their patience as construction work continues and advise people using local roads to leave more time for their journeys.”
The central section – around the Rotherhithe one-way section – has been the subject of a separate consultation process from Southwark Council.
An additional section has also been added to extend the route to London Bridge, with wands placed on Tooley Street.
Future plans envisage the route running to Woolwich; a trial extension between Greenwich town centre to Charlton is already in place using wands. Widened bus lanes have been put in place towards Woolwich.
However, part of the trial route has been closed because of power cables being installed near the junction with Rathmore Road. Work is due to finish next week.
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