Greenway footpath, London

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The Greenway at Stratford Marsh

The Greenway is a 7-kilometre (4.3 mi) long[1] footpath[2] and bike freeway[3] in London, mostly in the London Borough of Newham, on the embankment containing the Joseph Bazalgette[4] Northern Outfall Sewer.


Greenway footpath, London
Victoria Park
East Cross Route  A12 
Fish Island
Hackney Wick London Overground 600m
River Lea  
Tower Hamlets
Newham boundary
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
East Anglia Main Line
Pudding Mill Lane DLR station Docklands Light Railway 200m
City Mill River
Waterworks River
Stratford High Street  A118 
Abbey Mills Pumping Station
Abbey Creek
Abbey Road DLR station Docklands Light Railway 200m
Canning Road
Jubilee line & DLR lines
Manor Road  A1011 
West Ham Jubilee Line National Rail Docklands Light Railway District Line Hammersmith & City Line 250m
Essex Thameside & District lines
Plaistow District Line Hammersmith & City Line 400m
Memorial Recreation Ground
Upper Road
Balaam Street  B116 
Barking Road  A124 
Prince Regent Lane  A112 
Newham University Hospital
Boundary Lane
Newham Way  A13  BSicon BICYCLE.svg CS3 LCN13
Beckton DLR station Docklands Light Railway 600m
Royal Docks Road  A1020  BSicon BICYCLE.svg NCR13

The western end of the Greenway is Victoria Park, London (London Borough of Tower Hamlets). The route runs alongside Wick Lane, under the East Cross Route to Fish Island.[5] It then crosses the River Lea into Newham, continuing to Stratford and West Ham.[6] The eastern end is at Royal Docks Road in Beckton.[7]

The Capital Ring Walk (section 14) follows the Greenway for most of its distance, and forms part 4[8] of the 2012 Jubilee Greenway[9]

The western half of the Greenway embankment is roughly at house eaves height giving a view over the surrounding flat area (see gallery pictures). Between Stratford High Street and Beckton the route is flat. There is a renewed tarmac surface along its full length, with grass kept short on either side and bushes/trees on the embankment sides. The tarmac area is the width of a narrow two way road allowing easy passing of pedestrians and cyclists, with approx the same width of grass on either side.[10]

In mid-2018, Transport for London designated the section of the Greenway between the A13 and A118 as Quietway 22.[11]

A similar path called the Ridgeway covers the Southern Outfall Sewer.


London Greenway Sign with logo

Work has taken place to resurface and renovate the route—especially around the Olympic Park.[12][13]

A community group was set up in 2016 for Greenway users,[14][15] and Newham Council began piloting better lighting,[16] with a view to opening the Greenway 24 hours a day.[1] Greenway Users have subsequently set up a Greenway Action Group to improve the recording of incidents by logging crimes on the pathway.[17]

The renovation of the Greenway was finished in July 2019, after the completion of major water supply works by Thames Water along the western half and the opening of the bridges over the Waterworks River and the City Mill River.[18]

The View Tube,[19] made from recycled shipping containers, is a viewing platform on the Greenway incorporating the Container Café.[20]


The older alternative name for the route is Sewerbank, with the name Greenway introduced after a renovation in the mid-1990s.[1]

In 1931 Gandhi visited London for a period of 3 months for talks on the future of India, he based himself at Kingsley Hall in Bromley-by-Bow. His host there, the Christian Socialist Muriel Lester described his long early morning walks, beginning before sunrise, and which often took in the Sewerbank through Stratford to Plaistow. Gandhi enjoyed the elevated view the bank offered, and on these walks he would always gather a collection of well-wishers eager to speak to him.[21]



  1. ^ a b c "The Newham Greenway: London's Answer To New York's High Line". Londonist. 26 April 2016.
  2. ^ Young, Nick (February 2017). "Weekend Walks: The Greenway (Beckton To Hackney)". Londonist. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  3. ^ "The Greenway and canalside Olympic tour - Britain's best bike rides". The Guardian. 5 May 2012.
  5. ^ "PDF of Greenway section of Jubilee Walkway" (PDF). Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  6. ^ "The Northern Outfall Sewer east of Stratford. - Leisure, health and housing - Port Cities". Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  7. ^ "The Greenway: Stratford to Beckton". Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Victoria Park to Stokes Road - Transport for London". Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Jubilee Greenway - Transport for London". Government of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  10. ^ Shepheard, Paul. "East London's Greenway by Adams & Sutherland Architects". BDOnline. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  11. ^ Cyclist, Hackney (14 January 2019). "Hackney cyclist: The Greenway is now Quietway 22".
  12. ^ Engel, Matthew (2 January 2010). "Dispatch from Fish Island". Financial Times. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  13. ^ Hill, Dave (7 December 2012). "A green way past the transforming Olympic park". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  14. ^ Richard, Author (7 February 2016). "A Greenway Users Group". Easternism.
  15. ^ "Greenway Users" – via Facebook.
  16. ^ "London's cycle network overhaul has come to a standstill Environment The Guardian". 25 February 2019. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  17. ^ "Crime Log". 8 March 2020.
  18. ^ "diamond geezer". Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  19. ^ "View Tube". Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  20. ^ "The Greenway and canalside Olympic tour | Britain's best bike rides". The Guardian. 5 May 2012. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  21. ^ Gandhi's host at Kinsley Hall, Muriel Lester, described these walks in her account of his 3 month stay with her Lester, Muriel (1932). "Entertaining Gandhi - Muriel Lester - Google Books". Retrieved 28 May 2020.

Coordinates: 51°31′19″N 0°02′58″E / 51.52194°N 0.04944°E / 51.52194; 0.04944