Work has started on a mini-park with walkways and cycle routes to link Barking’s town centre to the Thames riverside and a route into central London.
The Ripple Greenway is undergoing a radical transformation thanks to £440,000 from the Mayor of London’s Green Capital Grants and an investment of £350,000 from Be First – Barking and Dagenham Council’s regeneration arm.
It will have children’s play areas and wildlife habitats along the route, and provide a clear pathway and cycle route for Barking residents.
The aim is to link up Barking Riverside with the town centre and also join on to the new extension of the Cycle Superhighway coming next year, which runs all the way into central London.
Councillor Cameron Geddes, cabinet member for social housing and regeneration, said: “It’s good to see this fantastic project taking shape. It will enable residents to stroll or cycle from Barking Riverside to Barking town centre or perhaps all the way to Tower Bridge!”
Nick Davies, principal transport officer at Be First, said: “The Ripple Greenway is part of our wider programme of improving cycling and walking options and encouraging a healthier lifestyle for local residents.”
Matt Winfield, the London director of cycling charity Sustrans which has been integral to the park project, added it has been created in collaboration with residents.
He said: “The borough’s inspirational residents have been a driving force behind this project, calling for improved access to green space in the area. It has been great working with them and the borough to create this wonderful community asset that I’m sure will be treasured for generations to come.”
The cycle track and walkway is due to open in the park this month and will initially connect Radford Way to Renwick Road in Thames View. It will then be linked to the Barking to Barking Riverside Cycle route in spring 2020, and is expected to be linked to the extension of the Cycle Superhighway later next year.
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