The UK’s Transport for London (TfL) has announced plans to upgrade the road between Greenwich and Woolwich to increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

The road is said to be one of the most dangerous in southeast London and recorded around 215 fatal collisions in 2017 and 2018.

TfL plans to construct a 6.5km cycleway between the towns, which will also improve the local air quality.

For the first phase of the route from Charlton to Woolwich, which spans 2.5km, TfL plans to construct a two-way cycleway along the A206 Woolwich Road.

The plan also includes the construction of six pedestrian crossings and the extension of current bus lanes. In addition, the pavement will be widened at many locations to offer pedestrians more space.

TfL has launched a public consultation for the first phase. This is open on its website until 16 February and will be followed by a second consultation for the second phase of the work, which runs from Charlton to Greenwich.

TfL also noted that it plans to improve safety at the Angerstein roundabout in Greenwich, with plans to add a cycle path underway.  The organisation is currently taking people’s opinions on how the junction could be simplified.

TfL Healthy Streets Investment and Delivery head Nigel Hardy said: “We know that people in London want to choose greener and healthier alternatives to cars, but road danger and congestion remains unacceptably high on roads across the capital.

“Our plans for Woolwich Road would make a real difference to everyone who wants to walk, cycle and use public transport more often and to the communities who live along this busy and intimidating stretch of road.”

In October, TfL completed the overhaul of Highbury Corner, which was considered one of the most dangerous roundabouts in London.