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Dutch Roundabout and Quietway’s

Description of Works
Conway AECOM has worked with the borough to develop a modern road network, rebalancing the existing car-focused highways to jointly meet the needs of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, pioneering the creation of an integrated cycling network across the borough.

Two projects that have stood out for the team as exemplars of high-quality, cycle safe design and construction include the Dutch-inspired double roundabout funded by Transport for London (TfL) and the Quietway Network.

Challenges and Solutions

The design of Quietway 7 – a five mile cycle route running from Falmouth Road close to Elephant and Castle to Crystal Palace Park – required major upgrade works at Dulwich Village junction, where the Quietway crosses Dulwich Village, to ensure cyclists can safely and easily navigate this part of the route.

Jo Barrett, Head of Term Contracts at FM Conway, explains:
“The Dulwich Village junction was extremely complex, with many smaller side roads feeding into the main thoroughfare. It was vital that the junctions new design kept navigation clear and straightforward for motorists and cyclists.”

“We developed an innovative road layout, which provides a safe space for cycles as well as their own phase in the signals sequence. Working collaboratively with Southwark Council, CONWAY AECOM self-delivered the entire project, from design through to the construction of the road.”

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As London’s population continues to boom, making sure we have an extensive cycle network throughout our capital is crucial to combat air pollution and ease pressure on our roads.

Jo Barrett – Head of Term Contracts at FM Conway
Delivering Innovation

Busy Highway junctions can often pose the greatest challenges for cyclists. Making these safer for all road users has been a priority for CONWAY AECOM and Southwark, who have taken inspiration from the Netherlands, which is famed for its cycling infrastructure.

Jo explains:
“Roundabouts can be a hazard for cyclists as the layout funnels bike and motor vehicles along the same route. At Crystal Palace we used roundabouts popular in Holland as our blueprint, adapting the design to meet the needs of the UK road users”.

“The roundabouts now segregate cyclists from other traffic. They are channelled around the edge of the roundabout along a separate path, while vehicles are directed around the centre and road crossing are clearly marked for pedestrians.”

Changes have also been taking place along Southwark’s backstreets, where CONWAY AECOM has been creating a new Quietway network. Jo comments:

“Quietway’s are vital to ensuring that as many people as possible are encouraged to get on their bikes. They provide a safe, calm environment for more cautious cyclists, or those who simply want to avoid major routes.”