Mayor of London considers expanding Cycle Hire scheme to Greenwich

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has said he is considering expanding the Santander Cycle Hire scheme to Greenwich, in response to lobbying from Greenwich Conservative councillors and London Assembly Member Andrew Boff. Questioned on the campaign at Mayor's Question Time today (Wednesday 17th), Johnson agreed with Mr Boff that Greenwich would be a good place to expand the scheme, adding that 45 docking stations would be needed.

Councillor Matt Clare, Greenwich Conservatives' transport spokesperson, has been pressing City Hall to expand the scheme to the borough and in recent months has been meeting with Assembly Members to secure support for the idea. South East London has so far been omitted from the scheme, which has seen almost 40 million journeys since its launch in 2010.

Councillor Matt Clare said: "You only have to look at a map of this excellent scheme to see South East London residents have yet to feel the full benefit - and with a large cycling community, Greenwich would be an ideal borough for new docking stations. More importantly, the scheme would encourage the uptake of cycling and help reduce pressure on our overcrowded public transport system. We will continue to make the case for Cycle Hire to come to Greenwich and are taking great encouragement from the Mayor's comments today."

Andrew Boff, Leader of GLA Conservatives on the London Assembly, added: "The Cycle Hire scheme has been an enormous success, and it's right that residents from across London receive the benefit. Expanding the scheme to Greenwich is the logical next step."

In February the Mayor of London, Transport for London and Santander announced a seven-year partnership to grow and develop Cycle Hire, initially run in partnership with Barclays, in a £43.75 million deal, the largest public sector sponsorship in the world. The scheme is the second largest in the Western world, with 40 million journeys over the last five years. Usage rose by a quarter last year and is now at a record high, with more than 10 million journeys made in 2014.