Consultation starts into proposed south London ‘cycle superhighway’

11:50 03 December 2012

The Mayor has previously pledged to improve safety for Britain

The Mayor has previously pledged to improve safety for Britain's cyclists. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Archive

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Cyclists and road users have been invited to give their views on a proposed fifth “cycle superhighway” from New Cross Gate to Victoria.

TfL is holding events along the proposed route

11am to 3pm, December 8 - Peckham Library

3pm to 7pm, December 11 - Oval House Theatre

3pm - 7pm, December 12 - Parnell House

The 5.8 mile route, taking in Peckham, Camberwell, Kennington and Vauxhall, includes proposals to give cyclists a head start at the Vauxhall Bridge Road junction with Millbank.

Transport for London said the scheme would also put greater emphasis on mandatory cycle lanes than on previous superhighways, with sfatey improvements at 52 junctions.

It is proposed to include new advanced stop lines, cycle feeder lanes, an “off-carriageway short cut” for cyclists at Vauxhall gyratory.

London Mayor Boris Johnson has pledged to build 12 cycle superhighway routes by 2015.

TfL director of planning Ben Plowden said: “Since Barclays Cycle Superhighways were introduced in July 2010, the number of cyclists on all four routes during peak periods increased by an average of 77 per cent to September 2012.

“This is a great achievement and we hope that more will encourage more people to take to two wheels in the capital.”

The route was originally intended to run from Victoria to Lewisham town centre but “physical constraints” put paid to that proposal.

Other benefits include preventing turns for cars and lorries at some junctions, extending the 20mph limit in New Cross and creating more than 3,000 cycle parking spaces.

The consultation runs from today until January 11.

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