Southwark Cathedral sits immediately south of the City at London Bridge. This location was particularly important for centuries as the bridge was the only land approach to London from the south. There has been a church at the site since at least AD 606. Southwark Cathedral is the oldest cathedral church building in London.
The Dean of Southwark is the Very Revd Andrew Nunn, and he recently sent a statement to TfL about the ‘Crossrail for Bikes’ scheme:
On behalf of the Cathedral I would like to give my support to the proposed North-South Super Highway for cycles from Farringdon to the Elephant and Castle. As a member of the Cycle Hire Scheme (as are others at the Cathedral, clergy and laity) I have valued the cycle routes that have been instituted and I also know how vulnerable I feel where such designated space has not been provided.
There has much been done in recent years to encourage cycling in London and safe cycling at that. The development of new routes is something that we would want to give encouragement to, especially where they pass through the Diocese of Southwark. The benefits are many, environmental as well as personal, and I hope that the plans meet with approval.