Cycling in the Lea Valley this summer

MQT on 2012-07-04
Session date: 
July 4, 2012
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Can you comment on the decision of LOCOG to close the popular Lea Valley towpath from Homerton to Bow, at just two months notice, throughout the whole summer, and not just the Olympic and Paralympics Games period, because of security issues? With both the towpath and the Wick Lane to Stratford High Street section of Greenway closed what safe routes are walkers and cyclists expected to take?


Answer for Cycling in the Lea Valley this summer

Answer for Cycling in the Lea Valley this summer

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Lea Navigation tow path running along the western edge of the Olympic Park from just north of the International Broadcast Centre (at Eastway) to Stratford High Street (just north of the new floating towpath under the Bow flyover) will be closed from 3 July 2012 until 10 September 2012. This decision was taken by LOCOG and British Waterways together with the Metropolitan Police and Home Office.

Cyclists should arrive at Victoria Park to access the cycle parking to serve the Olympic Park during the Games. The towpath underpass beneath the A11 Bow roundabout will remain open over the period, providing cyclists and walkers with a safe crossing point. The Walk London website will include information about closures and mitigation routes available if this is appropriate. A signed diversion/orbital route around the Olympic Park will be in place for the period of the towpath closure. More information about this signed diversion is available on the London 2012 website:

During the Games, a short section of the Elevated Greenway will also provide a link for spectators from Victoria Park via Wick Lane into the Olympic Park.