Boris unveils £1bn 'cycle Crossrail' for London
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has unveiled a £1billion package to create a ‘Crossrail for the bike’, including major upgrades to the capital’s roads and a £100million fund to improve major junctions.
According to the AJ’s sister publication Construction News, the 15-mile route wouldl be substantially segregated, from the western suburbs to Canary Wharf and Barking
Improvements would also be made to the Victoria Embankment and the Westway flyover.
Johnson said: ‘The Westway, the ultimate symbol of how the urban motorway tore up our cities, will become the ultimate symbol of how we are claiming central London for the bike.’
The mayor announced that the main cross-London physical legacy of the Olympics would be a cycle route network running parallel to tube lines and bus routes.
The Mayor today announced that the main cross-London physical legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games will be a proper network of cycle routes across the city.
Measures include a £100million re-working of junctions at Blackfriars, Vauxhall Tower, Swiss Cottage, and Elephant & Castle, as well as lane improvements and changes to Superhighways, including reroutings.
Several Dutch-style cycle ‘superhub’ will also be created, with space for thousands of bikes.
The Mayor added: “I want to de-Lycrafy cycling.
“I want to make it normal, something for everyone, something you feel comfortable doing in your ordinary clothes.’
Eye level traffic lights are also being tested for cyclists, while 20mph limits will be imposed on some major routes.
The latest proposal is separate to the ambitious Foster and Partners’ project to create a raised cycle network along London’s railways. In September last year the practice unveiled images of a series of raised, pay-as-go commuter bike routes supported by the capital’s existing railway structure.
Dubbed the Skyscycle scheme, the project was drawn up with landscape outfit Exterior Architecture and engineers Buro Happold.