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I am pleased to confirm that I have now tripled the amount of protected space for cycling in London since 2016, ahead of schedule. The amount of protected space for cycling in London that is either complete or under construction has reached a total of 162km – more than triple the amount compared to May 2016.
Transport for London (TfL) continues to make great progress in expanding the Cycleways network in London, including the launch of the first four new ‘Cycleways’ in summer 2019, with new routes from Elephant and Castle to Burgess Park, Enfield Town to Palmers Green, Whipps Cross to Millfields Park, and King’s Cross to Kentish Town, providing 20km of new cycle routes. Construction is also currently underway for a number of other Cycleways, including Cycleway 4 and Cycleway 9. Consultation is currently underway for protected space for cycling in Streatham Hill, and recently concluded for protected routes between Greenwich and Woolwich, Rotherhithe and Surrey Quays, and along Lower Road.
Of the six routes announced in January 2018, significant progress has been made, with public consultation having taken place in 2019 for the routes between Hackney and the Isle of Dogs, Lea Bridge and Dalston, Ilford and Barking Riverside, and the first phase of the route proposed between Rotherhithe and Peckham. Construction on the first sections of these routes is planned to start this year.
The routes include significant sections of protection, including:
Public consultations on the other two routes from Wembley to Willesden Junction and Camden to Tottenham Hale are expected to take place later this year. The total lengths of the routes and proportion of segregation are evolving as part of the phased delivery approach for the routes, with some sections in earlier stages of design development. Further information on protection will be available as design of the routes progress, but both routes will include substantial proportions of protected space for cycling. I have asked TfL to keep you updated.