Ken's Pledge On Merton Bike Route

Plans to improve Greenways Network

Ken Livingstone has pledged to improve a cycle route through Merton if he is elected as Mayor of London.

His promise is part of his plan to expand the London Greenways cycle network in the borough.

The South-West London Greenways route currently offers an off-road route along the River Wandle and runs through part of Merton.

But Mr Livingstone is backing plans to improve this through work between Wimbledon Park and Raynes Park.

He has said he will ring-fence £10 million for borough councils across London to deliver and improve the Greenways Network in partnership with Sustrans.

Mr Livingstone is backing a series of recommendations by Sustrans, including the need to spend £50,000 on the Wimbledon Park to Raynes park railside path.

The Sustrans report says it needs widening, lighting, resurfacing and signing, as well as an improved crossing point at Lower Downs Road.

Mr Livingstone said: "Making roads safer will be my top prioirty to enable Londoners to cycle more. The new London Greenways will provide beautiful, safe and accessible green routes through London that cyclists of all ages and abilities can enjoy."

Sustrans' London director, Carl Pittam said: "Cycling should be easy way for millions of Londoners to get around - not just hardened cyclists. These routes will help many more women and children get out and about by bike so we’re glad to see Ken plans to put his money where his mouth is."

April 20, 2012