Work on Cycleway 4 to bring a dedicated cycle lane between Tower Bridge and Greenwich has progressed towards Rotherhithe from Deptford in recent months while an earlier stage languishes and remains closed to cyclists.
The stretch from Greenwich to Deptford Church Street has long been all but complete, though issues over the Creek Road bridge has held up opening.
This ensures cyclists are placed in added danger and must continue sharing road space with general traffic.
Work is now underway between Deptford Church Street and Deptford High Street junctions.
It’s hoped thousands of new residents (alongside existing) moving to many major developments along the route will cycle if given a safe and segregated lane directly into central London and amenities such as Surrey Quays shopping centre.
Surrey Quays shopping centre is to be rebuilt over time providing nearly 3,000 homes.
A 35-floor tower is currently under construction in the area.
Convoy’s Wharf is also located a short distance from the new lane, and that site is set to see 3,500 homes. Work is now finally underway on the first plots.
Another major site along the route is Deptford Landings which will see almost 1,200 homes.
The red square marks out a separate approved tower next to the site.
At the Greenwich and Deptford end, a number of towers have been approved including 393 homes at Creekside East in November 2020.
From a personal standpoint, when I lived in Deptford I used to squeeze onto a train each day to reach work. If a segregated, direct lane existed then I would have cycled and been healthier to boot. It didn’t, and so given the choice was dicing with traffic or a meandering route along the river I took the train. I expect a great deal of both existing and new residents will do likewise in time.
One controversial aspect however of the cycleway in Deptford was removal of a bus lane which TfL admitted will slow down bus journeys.
This impacts eastbound journeys.
Island bus stops are in evidence along the route.
Island stops are hardly a radical concept in most of the developed world. There may be issues with partially sited people and those alighting from buses, but that isn’t insurmountable.
When the stretch along Eyelyn Street completes the cycleway will still be some stage from completion along its entirety. Areas around the one-way system in Rotherhithe are still in the design stage let alone moving onto construction.
The stretch from Rotherhithe Tunnel to Tower Bridge is complete and open to use.
It’s hoped further stretches will open this summer.