Cycleway 37 - Mile End Road junction to Bow Common Lane junction

Closes 31 Dec 2020

Opened 1 Jul 2020


As London continues to emerge from the lockdown we will need to help people to walk and cycle more often, to reduce demand for public and private transport to essential trips only.  

We held a consultation on a proposed new cycling route from Hackney - Isle of Dogs from May - June 2019. Having reviewed the issues raised by respondents to the consultation, we announced in October 2019 that we would go ahead with construction of the Burdett Road and West India Dock Road sections of the route. We are now accelerating the introduction of the section on Burdett Road by building it with temporary materials that can be introduced more quickly. From 17 August we will begin work to temporarily provide a continuous segregated cycle route on both sides of Burdett Road, from Mile End Road junction to Bow Common Lane junction.  

In the longer term, if funding becomes available, we hope to be able to implement the permanent layout we originally consulted on in May - June 2019. We will not be making major changes to the junctions at either end of the section (Mile End Road/Burdett Road and Bow Common Lane/Burdett Road) as these will be treated as part of the next phase of works.   

The map below gives an overview of the changes we will be making.  

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Cycleway 37 overview map (PDF 1.74MB)

The temporary changes we will be making are:

  • Introducing a new segregated cycle track using ‘wands’ on both northbound and southbound carriageways. We will also be providing facilities for cyclists to have priority at the traffic lights at the junction with Mile End Road (northbound) and the junction with Bow Common Lane (southbound)
  • Removal of the northbound bus lane from Bow Common Lane to Mile End Road
  • Removal of the southbound loading bay (2 bays) on entry to Burdett Road from Mile End Road, and installing barriers across the loading bay to give more room for people to safely social-distance, and to make it possible to provide the southbound cycle track
  • Relocate bus stop A on Burdett Road (southbound) and bus stop B outside Mile End Park (northbound) and providing bus stop bypasses for cyclists
  • Removal of southbound loading/disabled bay adjacent to East London Tabernacle (6 bays)
  • Realignment of the kerb, and removal of advertising sign at 27 - 31 Burdett Road to make room for the cycle track
  • Installing southbound cycle track at 31 - 39 Burdett Road
  • Installing southbound cycle track at 41 - 61 Burdett Road
  • Reduction in southbound loading bay/disabled parking from 31 - 61 Burdett Road (4 bays)
  • Removal of northbound parking bays from 31- 61 Burdett Road (12 bays)
  • Removal of northbound bus stop MD (served by routes 277, N277, D6 and D7) on Burdett Road north of Bow Common Lane. The closest alternative stop is 125m to the south
  • Installing southbound cycle track at 63 - 73a Burdett Road
  • Removal of 4 loading/disabled bays at 63 - 73 Burdett Road
  • There are no existing taxi ranks along the route, however, opportunities to drop off and pick up passengers are provided at bus stops and loading bays, where dropped kerbs have been provided to enable step-free access to the footway  

These are described in more detail in the pack of maps below.

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Cycleway 37 layout maps (PDF 191KB)

Although we are not undertaking a formal consultation on any Streetspace schemes, we would like to know about your experiences of them. If you have any comments about the effects of our scheme, or suggestions for changes or improvements we might make, please let us know at:
We will continue to monitor the effects of these temporary changes over the coming months. This includes their effects on traffic flow, road safety and cycling and walking rates. We have written to local people, businesses and other stakeholders to explain what changes we have made and encouraged them to provide us their views and experiences of the changes. We will listen carefully to the feedback we receive.

Where we believe that there is a need to amend the highway to address an immediate danger or risk to people from the COVID-19 pandemic, we will do so. In line with guidance from the Department for Transport, we are using a Temporary Traffic Order to do so.   

We are hereby publishing notice of our intention to make a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) to implement the changes we described above. The TRO itself explains in summary what changes we intend to make and provides a legal basis for them to be made temporarily, for a maximum of 18 months. Download notice of our intention to make the TRO by selecting the link below.  

Traffic Order GLA-2020-0471

TfL is required to publish the made TRO within 14 days. Once the ‘Made TRO’ has been published we will make it available for download here.

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