London’s Cycle Superhighway is being extended from Bow to Stratford as Olympic Park re-opens

Visitors to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be able to arrive in Dutch style as London’s Cycle Superhighways are being extended.

Transport for London today announced that they are extending the Barclays Cycle Superhighway from Bow Flyover, where it currently ends, to Stratford Town Centre.

The 3km segregated cycle lane, named CS2, will run in both directions from Stratford Gyratory, past West Ham Lane along Stratford Broadway and back to the gyratory via Stratford Station. The lane is expected to be completed by this autumn.

The move comes after more than 94 per cent of 600 respondents to a TfL consultation showed support for the scheme.

Following comments received through the consultation TfL modified the route to lead cyclists round the back of bus stops. Additional road markings to remind bus drivers and pedestrians of cyclists, and urging cyclists to reduce their speed near bus stops will also be introduced.

Work will also be undertaken to improve road surfaces and create facilities at junctions to help cyclists get ahead of traffic. New road markings will also show journey times and links to other cycle routes.

Changes will also be made on the Stratford Gyratory, such as a tighter turn into Tramway Avenue to help slow traffic down, following consultation feedback.

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Newham Mayor, Sir Robin Wales, said: “We’re pleased TfL have listened to the views of Newham residents and the scheme will now incorporate a large number of the safety aspects they wanted to see. The scheme is a big step forward in delivering high-quality cycle infrastructure to improve safety for cyclists, pedestrians and other road users.”

TfL said it will also continue to work with Newham Council on their wider plans to remove Stratford Gyratory in the future.

TfL will also be introducing an early-start traffic signal system for cyclists on the south-eastern junction of Bow Roundabout, a system similar to that installed on the north-western arm. It comes after confusion arose between cyclists travelling straight ahead and vehicles turning left when the cycle lane was first introduced at the roundabout.

TfL is also seeking permission from the Department of Transport to change the red signal on the cycle specific signal to include a red cycle logo.