Work begins on the latest section of the new south-east London cycle path between Rotherhithe and Deptford this coming Monday, August 16, ushering in months of traffic disruption.
Evelyn Street will be closed eastbound from Bestwood Street to Oxestalls Road from the end of August to November 7 this year, according to Transport for London (TfL), with signposted diversions in place. There will also be short sections of eastbound lane closure further east in Deptford from August until next year.
The new cycle lane is part of Cycleway 4, which will eventually form an uninterrupted, mostly protected, cycle link between Tower Bridge and Greenwich. Sections from Tower Bridge to Rotherhithe and in Creek Lane in Deptford have already been completed.
TfL and mayor Sadiq Khan want to boost the number of people using bikes as the country emerges out of the Covid-19 pandemic to help increase the health and fitness of the capital’s population and lower air pollution.
The transport agency warned of the disruption caused by this latest project and advised drivers to look for other routes where possible. A letter sent to local residents this week sets out the details of the road closures due to the building of the new bike lane.
August 16 2021 to February 26 2022
Short sections of lane closure on Evelyn Street eastbound between Dragoon Road and Abinger Grove. Traffic lanes will be maintained in both directions.
August 16 2021 to May 23 2022
Short sections of lane closure on Evelyn Street eastbound between Abinger Grove and McMillan Street. Traffic lanes will be maintained in both directions.
August 31 2021 to November 7 2021
Full lane closure on Evelyn Street eastbound from Bestwood Street to Oxestalls Road. Clearly signed diversion route will be maintained via adjacent roads.
Bus services will also be disrupted. Routes 47, 108, 188, 199, N1, N199 are likely to be affected. The services will still run but the following bus stops may have to be left out:
August 16 2021 to October 16 2021
Bus Stop A –Deptford High Street (westbound) will be suspended 16 August 2021 to 21 August 2021
Bus Stop P – Deptford Fire Station (westbound) will be suspended.
August 31 2021 to November 7 2021
Bus Stop – Bestwood Street (eastbound) will be suspended.
Bus Stop T – Deptford Park School (eastbound) will be suspended.
September 1 2021 to October 2 2021
Bus Stop V – Deptford Fire Station (eastbound) will be suspended.
Most of the work will take place on weekdays between 8am and 6pm and on Saturdays between 8am and 1pm, although there may also be some work on Sunday between 10am and 4pm, TfL warned residents.
Nick Fairholme, TfL’s director of project and programme delivery, said: “Ensuring that people have sustainable options for travel is an essential part of the capital’s recovery from coronavirus, and this next section of Cycleway 4 will make it even easier for adults, children and families to cycle around Deptford and beyond.
“We’d like to thank people in the area for their patience as construction work continues and advise people using local roads to leave more time for their journeys.”
Heidi Alexander, deputy mayor for transport, added: “Thousands of people are already benefitting from new and upgraded cycle routes across London, and the next phase of Cycleway 4 will make a huge difference to those cycling around Deptford. Making it easier to walk and cycle in the capital is key to a green and sustainable recovery from the pandemic, and it’s really exciting that this key route between central London and Greenwich is going to be improved.”