The locations of eight additional cycle hire docking stations has been confirmed by TfL, as part of a previously announced expansion of the scheme in Southwark.

According to the planning applications, six of the cycle hire locations are as follows:

One docking station with space for 18 bikes will be based outside the Harris Academy on the north side of Southwark Park Road and next to an existing segregated cycle lane.

The second with space for 22 bikes is to go on Brandon Street, near Nursery Row Park.

A third with space for 24 bikes is set to go on Clements Road, which is to the south of Bermondsey tube station and next to the ongoing development of the former Peak Freans Biscuit factory.

The fourth docking station with space for 22 bikes will be opposite the Blue Anchor pub on Southwark Park Road

The fifth with space for 24 bikes will be close to South Bermondsey railway station, next to the nearby row of shops.

The sixth docking station with space for 30 bikes is due to be installed next to Burgess Park, on the corner of Albany Road and Camberwell Road.

All of the locations will be subject to final planning approval.

Two other docking stations will be added at locations to be confirmed, but will be somewhere along Camberwell Road and Crimscott Street, near Tower Bridge Road.

The extension of the cycle hire scheme is fully funded by Southwark Council, using £1 million in funds from property developments.

David Eddington, TfL’s Head of Cycle Hire, said: “Santander Cycles is a vital part of London’s transport system and has played a hugely important role in ensuring a healthy and sustainable recovery from the pandemic. We want to make cycling more accessible than ever, which is why we’re working with Southwark Council to expand the scheme with eight new docking stations in the borough. These will be installed later this year.”

The cycle hire scheme launched on 30th July 2010 with 315 docking stations and 5,000 bikes across eight London boroughs, and a decade later, the cycle hire scheme has more than 750 docking stations and over 14,000 bikes.

Since May 2020, more than 100km of new or upgraded cycle lanes have been built or are under construction, and this has led to more cycling in general. TfL data shows cycling during the pandemic increased by 22 per cent in outer London compared to spring 2019, with a seven per cent rise in inner London.

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