Rotherhithe workers have slammed the worsening traffic problems in the peninsula – and fear that the proposed cycle superhighway will make the situation even worse.
While details will not be confirmed until after a consultation period next spring, it is expected that the route will include Jamaica Road, Lower Road and the roundabout by the Rotherhithe tunnel – a notorious traffic blackspot.
Dave Marks, of Downtown Cars cab service, has previously protested against the “absolutely awful” traffic problems in the area, and fears the construction of a cycle superhighway and redevelopment of the roundabout will cause “chaos.”
Dave, pictured with a 2013 copy of the News detailing his protest, said: “Two years ago I was complaining and now we’re still in the same position. The cycle superhighway would cause chaos – it’s already terrible out there and it’s only going to get worse.
“If you drive through central London you can already see the negative effect the super highway has had on London. Time and time I have oversees visitors in my cab who comment on how bad the traffic is compared to five years back.
“As cab drivers we face a lot of high running costs and stiff competition from big tech companies – the cycle superhighway just puts another nail in the coffin.”
Simon Dyer, of FA Albin and Sons funeral directors, which is located overlooking the roundabout in Culling Road, echoed these worries.
He said: “It starts getting bad at 3pm, when the traffic backs up Jamaica Road as far as Abbey Street and up Lower Road as far as the swimming baths.
“For us as a business it’s bad. Getting out is slow and coming back takes ages. We’re a local business and we’ve been here a long time and the traffic is just getting worse and worse. I’ve been here most of my life and I’ve never seen it this bad.”
He urged TfL to “look for ways to reduce the impact” of the cycle superhighway.
A spokesperson for TfL said they were “still working with the relevant boroughs to develop proposals” on the route, and would hold a consultation next spring.
Councillor Darren Merrill, Southwark Cabinet member for environment and public realm, said the cycle superhighway “presents an opportunity to address a number of concerns as well as to provide a safer environment for cyclists.”
He added: “Crossing facilities for pedestrians will be significantly improved along the route and bus priority will be maintained. Changes at the Rotherhithe roundabout are also covered by CS4 and this is key to reducing congestion on Jamaica Road and adjacent local streets.”