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Work starts on new London cycle superhighways



New funding has been made available for five London boroughs to help them develop cycling improvements alongside the two new cycle superhighway routes that will pass through their boundaries.

Two new routes, Bow to Aldgate (CS2) and Wandsworth to Westminster (CS8), are expected to open in July 2011 and the Transport for London is asking the boroughs of City, Tower Hamlets, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster and Wandsworth, to bid for a share of the £625,000 in funding that is being made available.

New cycle parking

The funds will primarily fund cycle parking along the two new routes. This will be a mixture of on-street and residential parking which will be installed within 1.5km of the routes. On top of this money is being made available for cycle training for local residents and cycle checks on the new highways until the autumn of 2011.

Construction on new routes begin

Construction work and the laying of the highways iconic blue paint have already begun on the two new routes. These two new routes plus the existing Merton to the City (CS7) and Barking to Tower Gateway (CS3) routes form part of a wider 12 radial routes that will link outer London into direct routes into the city.

Since the launch of CS7 and CS3 last summer, Transport for London has provided funding for a total of 4,113 new cycle spaces along the routes, and has also provided over 4,000 hours of training and checked the safety of over 4,100 bikes.

See also

Are the London Superhighway routes a success?
London Superhighways must do better

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3 comments [leave one]
Jonathan April 13, 2011 at 6:44 pm

I think this is excellent news. Although I will probably never use these routes as they go nowhere near where I normally ride. They will help make cycling more popular and safer for everyone. This can only be a good thing! I believe more in integration than segregation but right now I think we need more segregation on offer to increase the total numbers of cyclists and induce people to “take a chance” on biking in.


Jim April 14, 2011 at 8:27 am

Unfortunately the new superhighways won’t be segregated at all, so won’t resemble what’s in the picture. Cycle groups are very concerned about the proposed designs for major junctions like at Vauxhall. See here: http://cyclelondoncity.blogspot.com/


James - Going Going Bike April 14, 2011 at 9:01 am

Take you point Jim. The two cases that are highlighted in the external blog are very worrying.


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