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Euston Road, which forms the northern border to London’s Congestion Zone, is one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares. Prior to Covid-19 removing space on it for cars and replacing it with a cycle lane seemed a remote possibility, but this week (ends 3 July) construction on just such a project begins. The number of cycle journeys made across London has skyrocketed in recent weeks, with particular increases at weekends as people make the most of quieter roads to try out cycling for leisure journeys. The weekend of 20-21 June saw an increase of 151% compared to the same weekend last year, with cycling across the week up by 26%. The landmark new temporary cycle lane on Euston Road is just one of the projects across London that has been awarded a share in more than £24m new funding for walking and cycling schemes, as part of the Mayor and TfL’s Streetspace for London plans, which plans to accommodate a possible ten-fold increase in cycling and five-fold increase in walking. The work follows the recent construction of major new lanes using temporary materials along Park Lane in central London, and on the CS8 route between Chelsea Bridge and Lambeth Bridge. Many more such lanes are set to be rapidly deployed across the capital, with construction work to start in the coming weeks. TfL is working closely with local boroughs to create more space for walking and cycling at pace across London by building a strategic network for cycling, transforming town […]

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