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Waterloo to Greenwich Quietway cycle route to open in May

A new backstreet cycle route from Waterloo to Greenwich via Southwark will open in May 2015, the Mayor of London has confirmed.

In SE1, the Quietway route will run from the South Bank via Cornwall Road and Webber Street to Great Suffolk Street and Trinity Street, before turning into Globe Street, Pilgrimage Street and Tabard Street.

The route continues via Law Street and Rothsay Street before crossing Tower Bridge Road into Webb Street, Swan Mead and Willow Walk.

From the Dunton Road junction the Quietway will follow an existing London Cycle Network route along Lynton Road, Oxley Close and Abercorn Way towards South Bermondsey Station.

The Mayor, Boris Johnson, said: "If you would love to hop on a bike but feel intimidated by busier roads, these Quietway routes will be perfect, connecting parks, backstreets and waterways to create secret passages through London.

"They will get you where you need to go on a route you might not have known existed until we showed you. They will make cycling much more accessible for ordinary people, in their ordinary clothes, revealing some of London's hidden gems along the way."

This summer Southwark Council consulted local residents on the planned Quietway works on the streets it controls, provoking controversy over arrangements in Trinity Street and at the Harold Estate.

The council recently revealed that it could use cameras linked to automatic numberplate recognition (ANPR) technology to fine motorcyclists who try to use the new Quietway link at Trinity Street.

The plans include a 120-metre segregated bike lane along part of Tabard Street.

This week Transport for London launched further public consultations on works at two junctions where the Quietway will cross TfL-controlled main roads.

These are the junction of Stamford Street and Cornwall Road and the junction where Globe Street and Pilgrimage Street meet Great Dover Street.

At least three further Quietways are planned in north Southwark and north Lambeth:

• A Quietway from Waterloo to Crystal Palace via Elephant & Castle
• A Quietway from Southwark Underground Station to Canada Water via Union Street
• A Quietway along the Thames Cycle Route

Green Party London Assembly member Darren Johnson said: "Quietways have to be more than a network of new signs and publicity.

"The minimum Londoners need from Quietways is a 20 mph speed limit on all routes and funding to deal with all the dangerous junctions.

"I welcome the fact that the Mayor is now willing to fund the difficult schemes which he previously labelled as expensive and unpopular.

"If we are going to create safe routes that Londoners feel safe to cycle along whether they are 8 or 80, then it require the London Mayor and local politicians to make courageous decisions."

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