12 Dec 2014
Towards safe and convenient routes for cyclists in London. © Thinkstock

Mayor Boris Johnson confirms first 'Quietways' to open to cyclists early next year

Four leading transport, engineering and road safety organisations will be part of the team led by UK walking and cycling charity Sustrans to help deliver the first of Transport for London's 'Quietways', giving cyclists a direct, pleasant, back-street alternative to busy main roads.
Innovators in Dutch cycle design, Royal HaskoningDHV; specialists in urban design and cycle design best practice in the UK, Phil Jones Associates; leaders in inclusive cycling, Wheels for Wellbeing; and road safety and cycle design experts, Local Transport Projects; all leaders in their fields; will drive up quality and innovation in designs and methods to deliver the Quietways project efficiently, cost-effectively and with the community at its heart.

Sustrans has been awarded a three year contract by Transport for London (TfL) to help deliver the £120 million (€151 million) network, in partnership with the local boroughs and other partners whose roads they will use. Every London borough will be served by the Quietways.

Construction is about to start on the first two routes, which will run from central London to Greenwich and Hackney and open in May next year, with a later extension to Walthamstow. Five more routes are at the design stage and around two dozen more will be delivered or in progress by 2016.

Make cycling more accessible

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."

Metropolitan issues

Sustrans London Director, German Dector-Vega, said: "Sustrans is delighted to be named as the winner of the Quietways contract and will start work immediately to deliver the best possible cycle routes for Londoners. We're pleased to be working with our partners to help London find solutions for population growth, remain economically vibrant and become an increasingly pleasant and healthy place to live. The Quietways programme is just one part of a much larger cycling transformation happening in the capital, and these safe and convenient routes are an important step in the right direction."

Paul Hanafin, Royal HaskoningDHV's UK Infrastructure Director said: "Royal HaskoningDHV's team of cycle experts from the UK and the Netherlands are delighted to be supporting Sustrans in the delivery of the London Quietways contract.  We look forward to working with Sustrans and our partners to make a positive impact on cycling within the city."

Unlike the old London Cycle Network, Quietways will be direct and clearly signed, mostly on the road itself, making it difficult for cyclists to lose their way. Because they are on lower-traffic roads, they will be largely unsegregated. The main interventions on the vast majority of the network will be waymarking, surfacing improvements where necessary, removing barriers such as chicanes and improving the flow of the route. However, where directness demands the Quietway briefly join a main road, full segregation and direct crossing points will be provided, wherever possible, on that stretch.

The first seven Quietway routes will be:
  • Waterloo to Greenwich (delivery May 2015)
  • Bloomsbury to Walthamstow (delivery May 2015)
  • Regents Park/Marylebone to Gladstone Park in Dollis Hill
  • Waterloo to Crystal Palace
  • Aldgate to Hainault
  • Waterloo to Wimbledon
  • Clapham Common to Croydon.