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The Coal Line: Connecting South London

Car free cycling from Brixton to Canary Wharf

Wow what scorcher. Saturday we made the most of the good weather and dusted off the bikes. Starting in Ruskin Park, Camberwell, we set off for Greenland Dock to really see how the Coal Line might transform our options for cycling across south London.

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The map shows how the Coal Line would plug a gap in a network of existing greenways and parks meaning cyclists and walkers could travel from Brixton to Greenland Dock and in the future Canary Wharf practically car free.

This would mean a more direct, quicker, pollution free and safer route from some of South London’s main residential neighbourhoods, including Clapham, Herne Hill, Brixton, Peckham, Camberwell, Dulwich and Nunhead, to one of the city’s principle work hubs at Canary Wharf via Sustrans proposed new Thames Crossing at Rotherhithe.

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This solution could be transformative potentially allowing cycling to work to become the most attractive option for many more of the tens of thousands of people who currently commute to Canary Wharf from these areas every day.

As a more direct, safer and far more scenic route, the greenway would be away from the roads for almost its entire length providing the opportunity to many, who at the moment are not confident enough to brave the city centre streets, or who don’t want to cycle the lengthy, round-about routes currently available.

If you would like to see the route become reality please support the Peckham Coal Line by crowdfunding us through Spacehive.