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Green light given to north-south cycle superhighway linking King's Cross and Elephant and Castle

The green light has been given to the north-south cycle superhighway which will link Elephant and Castle with King’s Cross.

An artist's impression of the north-south cycle superhigway in Phoenix Place and Calthorpe Street Credit: Transport for London

Work will begin in the spring and the route will run for 5km on roads either fully separated from traffic or on "quiet back streets".

It will be known as Cycle Superhighway 6 once complete and will "provide a safe and direct route for cyclists".

The announcement by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Transport for London comes on the same day Team GB's medal winning Olympic cyclists called for "a legacy of everyday cycling" to be created, instead of being given honours.

The letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, which includes the name of Harlow’s four-time Olympic champion Laura Trott, urges her to devote 5% of the government’s transport spend to cycling infrastructure.

Laura Trott, one of the cyclists who has written to Theresa May, won two gold medals at Rio 2016 Credit: PA

The best way to honour the achievements of our athletes would be to create a legacy of every-day cycling in this country – a place where cycling is the choice form of transport for people to get around in their daily lives.

Investment in cycling as a form of transport isn’t purely an investment in cycle lanes.

It is an investment that will pay off for the nation’s health, wealth, transport infrastructure and the vibrancy of our towns and cities.

It has the added benefit of just making it easier for ordinary families to get to work and get to school.

– The letter from Team GB cyclists