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New cycle route to connect Willesden Junction with Wembley

PUBLISHED: 18:15 30 January 2018

A cycle lane in central London.

A cycle lane in central London.

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The Mayor of London has given the green light to new cycle tracks linking Wembley to Willesden Junction.

Charlie Fernandez, David Arditti, and Richard Sisson from Brent Cyclists, at South Kilburn Festival, campaigning for cycle lanes on Carlton ValeCharlie Fernandez, David Arditti, and Richard Sisson from Brent Cyclists, at South Kilburn Festival, campaigning for cycle lanes on Carlton Vale

Sadiq Khan has identified the route as one of six across nine boroughs which has a high potential for cycling but currently lacks safe infrastructure.

The 5km route will be north-west London’s first major cycle route, connecting Wembley, Stonebridge Park and Willesden Junction.

Campaign organisation Brent Cyclists said they welcome the move and hope to be consulted.

David Arditti, campaigns co-ordinator, said: “This sounds like very good news for cyclists in Brent. We hope we will be consulted on and asked for our input to decide what the cyclists’ road should look like.

“There are hopes it will result in a good quality route where cyclists are protected from heavy traffic and people who have not tried cycling before will be encouraged and able to use it.”

The Mayor has committed an average £169m per year over the next five years to improving cycling conditions in the capital.

The new routes run from Tottenham in the north, to Peckham in the south, and from Barking in the east, to Willesden Junction in the west.

The announcement is a step towards 80 per cent of journeys being made by foot, bike or public transport by 2041, as set out in the Mayor’s transport strategy,

The aim is to improve people’s health, tackle congestion and clean up the capital’s air.

Mr Khan said: “I’ve committed to invest record amounts in making cycling easier and safer for Londoners, and I’m delighted that work is now beginning on designing the next generation of high-quality cycle routes across the capital.

“Working closely with the boroughs, we’re providing new routes in both inner and outer London, including in areas that haven’t previously seen serious investment in cycling infrastructure.

“Encouraging more Londoners to cycle as part of their everyday routine is vital – providing huge benefits to people’s health, cutting congestion and air pollution for every Londoner, and improving quality of life in local neighbourhoods.”

A Transport for London spokesman added all routes will be subject to full consultation.

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