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Cycle route on Upper Ground

Published Tuesday, 09 October 2012

Southwark Council have issued a response to last week's meeting regarding the cycle route on Upper Ground.

Cllr Barrie Hargrove, cabinet member for transport, environment and recycling at Southwark Council, said: "Over the past three months, there have been three serious accidents involving cyclists on the stretch of Upper Ground SE1 between Hatfields and Rennie Street. Extensive construction work is underway here with more work due to start nearby soon.

"We take cycle safety extremely seriously and have met with local and regional cycling and transport groups to listen to their views on the best way forward. Following this meeting, all are in agreement that in order to prevent further accidents to both cyclists and pedestrians, especially when operations begin to increase and taking into account the other development which will begin in the near future the cycle lanes on this route should close for 12 months as planned."

Cllr Hargrove continued: "However, the route will not close until a full Traffic Safety Audit has been carried out which will pin point the best alternative routes in the immediate area.

"We will continue to work with cyclists, TfL and the developers involved, to find safer routes in the vicinity. In the mean time, we would advise cyclists, pedestrians and vehicles to abide by the traffic calming measures for the duration of the temporary road alterations at Upper Ground and we'd like to thank you in advance for helping keep Southwark safe".

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