A £4.2million stretch of segregated cycle track in Deptford is finally set to open by next month – over a year after it was completed.
Greenwich Council has confirmed to 853 that the stretch of Cycleway 4 on Creek Road is on track to open in the coming weeks, raising the possibility that it could open at the same time as the section along neighbouring Evelyn Street, which is being finished.
The cycle lane – between Deptford Church Street and Deptford Creek Bridge – was finished in May, and will eventually form part of a continuous route from London Bridge.
But its opening had been tied to works on the bridge over Deptford Creek, which needs to have its decking replaced. Barriers have been put in place to stop cyclists from using the route.
Now those works have been delayed until later in the year, and the short stretch of cycleway should be in use next month.
A Greenwich Council spokesperson told 853 this week: “We are working with TfL, which is developing plans to open the existing cycle track by July.”
TfL has been contacted to confirm if the Evelyn Street section of Cycleway 4 – which falls within the borough of Lewisham – will open at the same time.
One section of Cycleway 4 – from London Bridge to Rotherhithe – has been open for some time. Once the two Deptford sections are open, that will then leave a short section through what is currently the Rotherhithe one-way system, which is due to be converted to two-way traffic. No date has been set for works here.
Eventually, Cycleway 4 is intended to run as far as Woolwich – a temporary section of cycle track through Greenwich and Charlton was opened in 2020, but works are due this summer to make alterations to this trial route.
Greenwich said other roadworks in the area – including those on the Greenwich to Charlton cycleway – meant a decision had been taken with TfL to delay the works on Deptford Creek Bridge.
Work on the bridge was meant to coincide with the Cycleway 4 works, but the two projects became separated during the pandemic because of TfL’s financial problems.
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