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Sadiq Khan unveils plans for new Cycle Superhighway in south-east London

CS4 will run from Greenwich to Tower Bridge and will have four kilometres of protected cycle lanes

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has opened a second consultation in the space of a week for a new Cycle Superhighway, the latest one providing a link from Greenwich to Tower Bridge.

The planned route of Cycle Superhighway 4 (CS4) will run along Creek Road, Evelyn Street, Lower Road (which will be subject to a separate consultation next year), Jamaica Road and Tooley Street.

A segregated cycle lane on Tanner Street in Bermondsey would link to Quietway 14, enabling cyclists to follow that route to the North—South Cycle Superhighway at Blackfriars Road.

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CS4 Jamaica Road

The launch of the CS4 consultation comes a week after one was opened for Cycle Superhighway 9, running from Brentford to Kensington Olympia.

> Plans for new West London Cycle Superhighway unveiled - but there's a missing link through Kensington

The mayor said: “I’m delighted to be able to announce plans to bring more than 4 kilometres of segregated cycle lanes to south-east London.

“We need more Londoners to cycle and walk for the good of their health and our air quality, and that’s why we’re working so hard make cycling safer and easier right across the capital.

“By bringing this route to an area of such high demand, this superhighway really will open up cycling to thousands more Londoners,” he added.

Cycle Superhighway CS4 overview map.PNG

Transport for London (TfL) says that the future consultation on the Lower Road section will be included for one for the planned regeneration of Canada Water.

That will be of particular interest to many of south London’s cyclists, given the potential it provides for safe routes to the proposed cycling and walking bridge spanning the Thames from Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf.

> Sadiq Khan calls for Canary Wharf-Rotherhithe cycling bridge to be brought forward

News of the proposals, which will provide more than 4 kilometres of separated cycle lanes on what is a busy commuting route, has been welcomed by campaigners, with London Cycling Campaign (LCC) highlighting that it will make locations such as the Rotherhithe roundabout junction safer for cyclists.

Simon Munk, LCC infrastructure campaigner, commented: “This route will dramatically improve dangerous junctions in south-east London, including the Rotherhithe roundabout. It will make them far safer for the thousands who already cycle through them daily.

“And CS4, like CS9 announced last week, won’t just calm collision hotspots for those who already cycle – it will unlock the potential for far more people to cycle, for far more journeys.”

He added: “CS4 and CS9 take a big step towards fulfilling the mayor’s commitment to our members to triple the protected space for cycling on main roads, which is key to lots more everyday journeys happening by bike.”

According to TfL, the proposed route of CS4 along the A200 is within the top five per cent for cycle demand in London, with an average of almost 3,500 trips for bike each day. It is hoped that the new route will encourage people to switch to cycling from other modes of transport.

However, the need for protected infrastructure is underlined by the fact that in the three years to August 2016, there were almost 100 reported collisions involving cyclists along it.

TfL added that its Safer Junctions programme had identified Rotherhithe roundabout, as having one of the worst safety records in the capital.

Cycle Superhighway 4 Rotherhithe.jpg

CS4 Rotherhithe

> More London junctions set to be made safer for cyclists, says TfL

London’s cycling and walking commissioner, Will Norman, said: “I’m so pleased that we can share our plans for Cycle Superhighway 4 just one week after announcing Cycle Superhighway 9.

“These new routes are a key part of our work to make cycling more accessible across London and will add more than 10km of segregated lanes to the capital’s roads.

“South-east London is an area of huge cycling potential so I know that CS4 will make a real difference to so many cyclists and budding riders by providing a safe segregated route that links straight into our growing cycling network.”

Construction is expected to start late next year, with the consultation, which can be found here, open until 19 November 2017.

Trivia: The first person to answer this cycling-related question correctly in the comments below will win a pair of road.cc socks (usual rules apply).

"Once built, CS4 will be the first of London's Cycle Superhighways to share the entirety of its route with part of a ... what?"

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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LarryDavidJr | 6 years ago
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EDIT: Changed my mind, an 'A' road?

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scouser_andy | 6 years ago
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Quietway?

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Matty66 | 6 years ago
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Dual carriageway?

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womble88 | 6 years ago
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TFL red route?

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gthornton101 | 6 years ago
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bus lane?

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beezus fufoon | 6 years ago
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national trail

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SurreyHiller | 6 years ago
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Pedestrian walkway

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jnthnwd | 6 years ago
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Tube line (Jubilee)

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RedfishUK | 6 years ago
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London Marathon?

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ooldbaker | 6 years ago
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London Cycle Network route LCN183

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Look555 | 6 years ago
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Junkie ? Hipster? Hooker? 

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Dnnnnnn | 6 years ago
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Are you guys playing a game? 

Can I join in? (What are the rules?)

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Michael Garland | 6 years ago
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A white line!

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Leviathan | 6 years ago
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Sewer.

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fixit | 6 years ago
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nightclub? hohoho

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beezus fufoon | 6 years ago
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wider set of pie-in-the-sky promises from Mr Khan

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Simon_MacMichael | 6 years ago
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Some good answers there but none of them is what we are looking for ... think cycling  3 

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Must be Mad | 6 years ago
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Mornington Cresent   3

 

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scouser_andy | 6 years ago
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Tour de France 2007,  London-Canterbury stage.

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beezus fufoon replied to scouser_andy | 6 years ago
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scouser_andy wrote:

Tour de France 2007,  London-Canterbury stage.

ah you bastard - I was 2 minutes too late!

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embattle | 6 years ago
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I always think calling it a cycling superhighway just make it sounds like it is like a public raceway for cyclists and just asking for some hidious cyclist on cyclist crashes.

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DaveE128 | 6 years ago
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The plans generally look really good to me, but I am baffled by the gap between sections 8 and 9 in the consultation. If people are able to park vehicles in this gap, or load ot wait, it will be total carnage - literally, I fear. Not that keen on the arrangement at the new mini roundabout at Oxestalls Road, either, I don't know if a toucan crossing with convuluted entry/exit will handle a decent amount of cycling traffic. Wouldn't a junction design like the one with Abbey Street be better? Not sure some of the pedestrian/cycling shared space at the Rotherhithe Roundabout is really necessary either. Good news is that there is very little shared space in the plans.

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Jitensha Oni replied to scouser_andy | 6 years ago
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scouser_andy wrote:

Tour de France 2007,  London-Canterbury stage.

enjoy your socks  1

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mstrmind5 replied to DaveE128 | 6 years ago
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DaveE128 wrote:

The plans generally look really good to me, but I am baffled by the gap between sections 8 and 9 in the consultation. If people are able to park vehicles in this gap, or load ot wait, it will be total carnage - literally, I fear. Not that keen on the arrangement at the new mini roundabout at Oxestalls Road, either, I don't know if a toucan crossing with convuluted entry/exit will handle a decent amount of cycling traffic. Wouldn't a junction design like the one with Abbey Street be better? Not sure some of the pedestrian/cycling shared space at the Rotherhithe Roundabout is really necessary either. Good news is that there is very little shared space in the plans.

 

Agree about the toucan crossing. I can see many trying to find ways to avoid it. Did a quick skim and didn't see any details about cycle 'traffic lights'. Duration will be important, just hoping they are adequate enough to allow the cycle traffic to flow. A little concerned about how visible the lanes might be as well. If they are not obvious, you might get a fair few incidents with pedestrians stepping across. On the whole seems good and finally something in this part of London, been too long.

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Simon_MacMichael replied to scouser_andy | 6 years ago
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scouser_andy wrote:

Tour de France 2007,  London-Canterbury stage.

That's the one - the first Cycle Superhighway to share the entirety of its route with part of a stage of the Tour de France. 

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captain_slog | 6 years ago
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Ancient ley line of mystical power. (Worth a stiff tail wind in either direction.)

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Al__S | 6 years ago
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Ah, that "entirety" is an important modifier- as 2014 went down what is now part of CS3

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thesaladdays replied to DaveE128 | 6 years ago
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DaveE128 wrote:

The plans generally look really good to me, but I am baffled by the gap between sections 8 and 9 in the consultation. If people are able to park vehicles in this gap, or load ot wait, it will be total carnage - literally, I fear.

I imagine it's just an error in the drawings rather than a planned gap.  That's my evening commute and there's no reason I can think of for that short section to be omitted.

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kwyken | 6 years ago
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Roman Road

 

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kwyken replied to kwyken | 6 years ago
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kwyken wrote:

Roman Road

..... oh dear its already won  1

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