VolkerHighways, working with Transport for London (TfL), has commenced work on Route 1 of the Cycle Superhighway (CS1) to improve London’s roads for cyclists and pedestrians.
Stretching from Liverpool Street Station in the city to White Hart Lane in Haringey, the 11km dedicated route will operate on residential streets at busy locations, making it safer and easier for pedestrians and cyclists. The route also forms part of the wider Cycle Superhighway that is being constructed around the capital.
Working with Hackney Council and TfL, work commenced on the route in Hackney in July 2015 and is expected to finish in spring 2016.
Works being undertaken as part of the improvement to London’s roads include redesigned junctions to make them safer and more convenient for cycling, traffic calming measures on side streets to improve safety for everyone and wider and safer pedestrian and cyclist crossings.
As part of their commitment to encourage cycling in the city, VolkerHighways has set up a mobile cycle surgery that will move along the route as work progresses. This facility will be available for cyclists to fix minor cycle maintenance issues such as punctures.
Mark Mascar, VolkerHighways project manager said: “We are delighted to begin work on improving London’s roads for cyclists and pedestrians. CS1 is a great opportunity for people to ride and walk safely in an environment that is dedicated for them and away from traffic on some of London’s most congested roads.
“We hope that the completion of CS1 in spring next year, alongside the other Cycle Superhighway routes, will encourage more people to cycle, whether it is for leisure, fitness or commuting.”
The work on CS1 compliments a number of other projects currently being undertaken by VolkerHighways to improve the roads around London. These include multi-year, term maintenance contracts in Hackney and Camden.
Cycling is one of the most popular modes of transport in the capital, with an estimated 23 million cycling journeys made each year.
The new CS1 route will allow cyclists to travel from Tottenham to the city in around 30 minutes, compared to over 40 minutes for a similar journey along the A10. This decrease in travel time will be helped by passing through just eight traffic signals along the new route instead of 54 for the A10 route.
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