'Quietway' cycle route opens from Waterloo to Greenwich a year late

Quietway signage Image copyright TfL
Image caption Six more routes have been planned

The first part of a £120m scheme to help cyclists and pedestrians avoid busy main roads has opened more than a year after it was planned.

The "quietway" runs for 5.6 miles (9 km) across back streets and traffic-free paths between Greenwich and Waterloo.

A further six routes are due to be completed by spring next year.

London's former mayor Boris Johnson had said in December 2014 that the first quietway would open within six months.

Transport for London (TfL) said the delay was due to the route being on land that it did not own so it had little control over the timing.

'Safer and easier'

Cycling and walking charity Sustrans was awarded a three-year contract by TfL to help deliver the network in partnership with local boroughs.

Work on the routes mainly involves resurfacing and removing barriers such as chicanes.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said: "It is important that we make it safer and easier for Londoners to cycle across our city and we want the first of the quietways to make a significant contribution towards that aim.

"I am already looking at what works best from the existing cycle schemes to ensure we deliver the best and safest road cycling network possible."

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