Construction work has begun on a major transformation of a roundabout in north-east London.

The works on Lea Bridge Roundabout aim to make it easier and safer to walk and cycle at the junction.

Construction began on March 13 and is planned to continue until October.

The overhauled roundabout will be the latest section of Cycleway 23, a major new cycle route between Lea Bridge and Dalston.

It will be transformed with segregated cycle lanes and dedicated signals for people cycling.

This aims to make it easier for people to cross the busy junction, separated from motorised traffic.

Pedestrian crossings are also set to be upgraded.

According to Transport for London (TfL), construction work is being planned to minimise the impact on residents and people travelling through the area.

Further sections on Lea Bridge Road could begin construction later this year too, subject to funding.

The sections would form part of a major new walking and cycling corridor connecting neighbourhoods in Hackney and Waltham Forest.

Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner, said the project "will deliver much-needed protected cycle lanes and upgraded pedestrian crossings, making it easier and safer for Londoners to walk and cycle at this key junction in Hackney". 

He added: "Enabling more Londoners to walk and cycle is at heart of the mayor’s vision to build a safer, healthier, cleaner and more sustainable London for everyone.

"These crucial improvements across the city will help us to continue to build upon the boom in cycling we’ve recently seen, helping all cyclists keep safe on the roads."

Cllr Mete Coban, Hackney Council cabinet member for environment and transport, added: "These improvements to Lea Bridge Roundabout are another piece of the cycling jigsaw in Hackney, making it easier and safer to travel between Lea Bridge Road and Dalston. 

"We’re proud to be one of London’s top boroughs for walking and cycling, and will be working closely with Transport for London on introducing the new-look roundabout - which will also provide safer crossings, new trees and an extended bus lane on Lea Bridge Road."