Transport for London has awarded Sustrans a multi-million pound delivery contract to create the rollout of the “quiet ways” network across London. Quietways will give cyclists pleasant, back-street alternatives to busy main roads, with the first opening in May next year.
Construction is about to start on the first two routes, which will run from central London to Greenwich and Hackney, with a later extension to Walthamstow. Five more routes are at the design stage and more than twenty will be delivered, or in progress, by 2016.
Sustrans has been awarded a three year contract by TfL to help deliver the £120 million network. The work will be carried out in partnership with the local boroughs and other partners whose roads they will use. Every London borough will be served by the Quietways.
The charity will be working with four partners to deliver the contract – innovators in Dutch cycle design, Royal Haskoning; specialists in urban design and cycle design best practice in the UK, Phil Jones Associates; leaders in inclusive cycling, Wheels for Wellbeing; and road safety experts, Local Transport Projects.
London Mayor, Boris Johnson, said:
“If you would love to hop on a bike but feel intimidated by busier roads, these Quietway routes will be perfect, connecting parks, backstreets and waterways to create secret passages through London. They will get you where you need to go on a route you might not have known existed until we showed you. They will make cycling much more accessible for ordinary people, in their ordinary clothes, revealing some of London’s hidden gems along the way.”
Unlike the old London Cycle Network, Quietways will be direct and clearly signed, mostly on the road itself. Because they are on lower-traffic roads, they will be largely unsegregated. The main interventions on the vast majority of the network will be waymarking, surfacing improvements where necessary, removing barriers such as chicanes and improving the flow of the route.
However, where directness demands the Quietway briefly join a main road, full segregation and direct crossing points will be provided, “wherever possible”, said Sustrans, adding Quietways will be particularly suited to new cyclists.
Work on the first route, which will run from Waterloo to Greenwich, is about to start, creating a predominantly backstreet cycling route through Borough, Bermondsey and Deptford. Junctions at major roads will be redesigned to help cyclists and a brand new cycle path created. This will follow the railway line from South Bermondsey station to Surrey Canal Road to the north of Millwall football club (subject to final planning permissions).
Work to deliver the second route, from Bloomsbury to Hackney, will begin early next year and see a direct route created through local parks.
Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, said:
“Cycling is becoming more and more common place in our city, and we know many others would like to do so. The network of Quietways we will be introducing will open more options up for new and infrequent cyclists to take to the streets using less busy roads. This will further help shift more journeys away from cars, particularly in the outer boroughs.”