Why are you doing this scheme?

    The scheme aims to improve the walking and cycling experience along this link in the road network, connecting with existing and planned improvements to Tidal Basin Roundabout and Cycleway 3.  

    This will mean safer, more attractive and more comfortable walking and cycling journeys in the area. It will also support continued journeys by foot and by cycle in the area as new developments continue in the area. It will improve cycle infrastructure between the Royal Docks, the planned developments in the area and Cycleway 3.

    What impact will the scheme have on traffic and journey times?

    We have carried out a traffic modelling survey to help us predict the potential impact on traffic in the vicinity of the area. Our traffic modelling currently indicates that there may be minimal impact on traffic times due to the proposed change in speed limit. These proposals would not cause any significant delay to road users in this area.

    Why are you reducing the speed limit on Lower Lea Crossing?

    We are planning to reduce the speed limit on the Lower Lea crossing by 10mph. Please note this proposed change is subject to statutory order consultation. The reduction in speed limit is a necessary compromise to deliver important safety improvements for road users.

    Why are you proposing to remove the physical barriers?

    The proposed new cycle lane will not have physical barriers. The existing barrier is guardrail and was not designed to withstand collisions from vehicles and offered little to no safety benefit. In our experience, pedestrian and cycling restraint systems and other similar physical barriers (including fencing) can cause more harm to vulnerable road users. Over the last ten years we have completed a pan-London programme to remove large sections of guardrail. Our own studies and Department for Transport/TfL Streetscape Guidance support the removal of such barriers where it is safe to do so and only support the installation of new guardrails where a road safety audit has demonstrated a clear need. It is for these reasons that we are not proposing to install a barrier in this location. Please see section 12.4 of the TfL Streetscape Guidance and Chapter 4 of the London Cycle Design Standards for more information.

    When do you plan to carry out the works?

    Following the consultation and once we review the feedback, we will complete our detailed design.  

    We hope to carry out the improvements in summer 2024. 

    What is Vision Zero for London?

    Vision Zero represents our aim to eradicate deaths and serious injuries from our roads and make London a safer, healthier and greener place by 2041.  

    Major cities around the world are taking a stand to end the toll of deaths and injury seen on their roads and transport networks by committing to Vision Zero. London is at the forefront of this approach and the Mayor's Transport Strategy sets out the goal that, by 2041, all deaths and serious injuries will be eliminated from London's transport network.  

    It is neither inevitable nor acceptable that anyone should be killed or seriously injured when travelling in London. When we leave our homes each day, we should feel safe and confident about the journey ahead.  

    The proposals on the Lower Lea Crossing and Leamouth Road are part of the work we are doing towards meeting the Vision Zero. 

    When are you planning to open the Silvertown Tunnel?

    We plan to open the Silvertown Tunnel in 2025 and further information on the scheme can be found at: https://tfl.gov.uk/travel-information/improvements-and-projects/silvertown-tunnel

    What else are you doing for cyclists in the area?

    We want as many cyclists as possible to use and enjoy a well-connected cycling network across the river in east and southeast London. To ensure that the Silvertown Tunnel can play an integral role in this, we are proposing the introduction of a new cross-river cycling service, to help transport cyclists across the Thames when the tunnel opens in 2025.

    We consulted earlier this year from 17 July to 10 September 2023 and are currently analysing the results and considering all the responses to help finalise the decision on the new cross-river cycling service.  

    Further information can be found at: https://haveyoursay.tfl.gov.uk/silvertown-cycling-service