Cycling and taking buses to be made easier between Lewisham and Catford

Transport for London (TfL) and Lewisham council have announced that construction work is set to start on 24 August on a series of measures to improve conditions for people cycling and journey times for people using buses in the area and make it easier to get around Lewisham by bike and on public transport.

It’s part of TfL’s Streetspace for London programme.

They claim the A21 corridor between Lewisham and Catford has the potential for thousands of new journeys by bike every week, but it is currently an intimidating environment for people cycling.

The A21 is also a busy bus corridor with thousands of bus journeys made daily. The changes include:   

  • Existing bus and cycle lanes to be extended to 24/7 operation, to keep people cycling separated from other motor traffic around the clock and to reduce bus journey times for people using public transport 
  • A new 20mph limit throughout to reduce the risk of collisions   
  • New sections of protected cycle space, including segregated cycle lanes using cylinders along Molesworth Street and parts of Lewisham High Street    
  • An increase in the total length of bus lanes on the corridor 
  • A bus stop bypass to protect people cycling     
  • The introduction of a number of banned turns to reduce the risk of collisions between people cycling and motor vehicles, including a left turn ban from Ladywell Road to A21 except buses, cycles and taxis, a right turn ban from Courthill Road to A21 except buses, cycles and taxis, and a southbound right turn ban into Wildfell Road    
  • Four side roads to be made exit only, except cycles: Rosenthal Road, Feldlay Road, Roxley Road and Mount Pleasant Road    
  • 80m of parking and loading bays removed from A21 and relocated to side roads where possible 
  • A pelican crossing converted to a walking and cycling toucan crossing

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