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New cycle route linking Barkingside and Wanstead Flats opens

PUBLISHED: 14:39 12 October 2018

Representatives from Newham, Redbridge and Southwark join walking and cycling commissioner Will Norman at the Quietways launch. Picture: Mayor of London's Office

Representatives from Newham, Redbridge and Southwark join walking and cycling commissioner Will Norman at the Quietways launch. Picture: Mayor of London's Office

Mayor of London's Office

A new 6.5km cycle route between Wanstead Flats and Barkingside has been launched.

The route, known as Quietway 6, features a new two-way cycle track on Forest Drive and a bridge in Valentine’s Park.

It begins on the Manor Park side of the flats, close to the City of London Cemetery, and finishes up by Barkingside station.

It was one of three to be opened yesterday (Thursday) by London’s walking and cycling commissioner, Will Norman, and representatives from the boroughs of Redbridge, Newham and Southwark.

They are designed to be continuous, well-signposted routes on less busy streets, and aim to complement the segregated cycle paths being built on main roads across the capital. The creation of the new routes is part of mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s plan to increase the proportion of journeys made on foot, bike or public transport.

Mr Khan said: “I’m delighted these three new Quietway routes are being officially opened as part of our growing network across the capital.

“Given the damaging impact toxic air has on our city, it is vital that we do all we can to enable more Londoners to cycle and reduce journeys by car.”

Cllr John Howard, cabinet member for civic pride, said: “Quietway 6 is a landmark piece of cycling infrastructure in Redbridge.

“It provides a safe and quiet route for residents across the borough and will get more people and families to cycle rather than take trips in their car.

“It will encourage an active lifestyle and reduce traffic and air pollution around the borough.

“I certainly will be making use of this positive addition to Redbridge and hope that others who love cycling will do too.”

Cyclists in east London will also be able to benefit from another of the new routes, Quietway 22, which links Stratford to Plaistow, where it joins Cycle Superhighway 3 running from Tower Gateway DLR to Barking.

The third new route, Quietway 14, connects the approach roads to Blackfriars Bridge and Tower Bridge on the south side of the river.

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