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Cycling route improvements

We are consulting on our proposals for Transport for London's (TfL) Quietways Programme, which aims to improve cycling routes across London.​​

About the Quietways Programme

We are committed to increasing opportunities to cycle in Newham. In addition to the ‘Cycle Superhighway’ programme, we are working with Transport for London on the Quietways Programme.

The programme aims to create and improve cycling routes across London by linking low-traffic streets, green spaces, and housing areas to provide safer, and more attractive conditions for cycling.

In July 2015 we consulted on Quietway 6, our first proposal for the programme.
And in February 2016 we asked for your opinions on our revised proposal, which we developed using your comments.

We are now working on a programme to improve the safety and security of the Greenway.


Greenway 24hr Pilot 2018 - Upper Road to High Street South

Installation of lighting and CCTV between Stratford High Street and High Street South in East Ham was completed in November 2017. Subsequently, the opening hours for the eastern section, from Upper Road to High Street South, will be changed to match the 24hr basis currently the case for the sections west of Upper Road, on an initial six month pilot basis, from Monday 8 January 2018. Data sources suggest very low levels of recorded crime or other issues on or near the sections that have been open on a 24hr basis since 2012, however this will continue to be monitored during the pilot.

Our proposals

The aims of the work are to:
  • improve the safety and security of users and neighbours of the Greenway through the installation of lighting and CCTV
  • improve access to and across the Greenway by providing new and improved ramped access points and gateways.
In March 2016 we installed lighting and CCTV on a pilot section of the Greenway, between Barking Road and Prince Regent Lane.

This allowed us to trial the light levels (which can be adjusted) to make sure that safety and security can be improved, with little impact on any neighbouring properties and  the natural habitat of local wildlife.

Our pilot evaluation (PDF) shows the results of the pilot installation.

Following the successful pilot, we now propose to install lighting and CCTV on the Greenway from Wick Lane (near the borough boundary with Tower Hamlets) to High Street South in East Ham.

Plans for lighting and CCTV column plans for each section of the Greenway

Plans for Greenway ramp access schemes

A number of new and improved ramp access schemes are proposed to improve connections between the Greenway and local communities, and to improve accessibility for people with buggies, wheelchair users, and people cycling.

A new ramp connection and signalised crossing to link the Greenway and the Channelsea Path is under construction and expected to open in summer 2017.

Schemes at a further two locations are now proposed:

We welcome views on the above proposals, which can be submitted to up until the 15 May 2017.

As long as necessary approvals are obtained to start work on the above ramp access schemes in summer 2017, and complete by the end of March 2018.

When the works will take place

As long as the planning applications are approved, we expect to start work to prepare connections and install the lighting and CCTV columns in summer 2016, and complete by March 2017.

Consultation summary

During June 2016 we asked for comments on our proposals. Thank you to everyone who responded. We have combined them into a summary of consultation responses and recommendations (PDF) for the scheme.

Get in touch

If you would like to be kept updated on plans for the Newham Greenway email


Quietway 6

In July 2015 we consulted on our first proposal for the programme, Quietway 6.
This is a route which runs from near Mile End in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, through the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, Forest Gate, and Manor Park before heading east to the London Borough of Redbridge.

You can find out more about the feedback we received from the first consultation in our summary report of responses (PDF).

Past localised consultations and works

After the initial route consultation in 2015, five simple schemes have been implemented. Preliminary designs for the other schemes have taken account of the comments received during the initial consultation. The localised consultations for schemes below took place in 2016 and the majority of works were delivered. 

Please see ‘Current Progress’ below for the latest update regarding schemes 26, 27 and 35.

Current progress

Following our public consultation on the overall proposals for Quietway 6, we have now implemented the majority of improvements along the route in Newham. The Council is now preparing to implement two of the remaining major schemes:


Consultation for 20mph zone extention

During the consultation for Quietway 6, Scheme 35 - Capel Road, the council received a significant number of requests to extend the 20mph speed limit to the eastern section of Capel Road and to introduce more traffic calming measures.  
At the time we made a commitment to look into this, and explained that we would engage with residents in due course. To fulfil our commitment, we are pleased to announce that we have now secured additional funding that would enable us to take this forwards.

The consultation for proposed 20mph zone for the eastern section of Capel Road, The Chase, Comet Close, Gladding Road, Keller Crescent and Whitta Road is now taking place.

Please share your views by completing the questionnaire. You can return this to us by Friday 10 January 2020.


Keep up to date with the scheme

If you would like to be kept up to date with any of the schemes in the Quietways programme, email us at

About the Leaway

The Leaway will provide a continuous walking and cycling route along the River Lea, linking Stratford and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to the Royal Docks and the Thames. Newham council, jointly with the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) and London Borough of Tower Hamlets, has now delivered the first phase of the Leaway project. This has created improved connections to the river and continuous links to riverside paths.

There is a section along the Lea Riverside, by Wharfside Road, which is currently blocked off by the scrap metal company EMR. The council is currently engaging with EMR to find a new location in the borough for their business so that the route can be completed. In the meantime, the council is proposing an alternative pedestrian and cycle route to Cody Dock which bypasses the EMR site. More information on the alternative pedestrian and cycle route can be seen here.

Leaway Cycle route consultation (PDF)

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