London Cycle Hire Scheme expanding west to Wandsworth, Lambeth, and Hammersmith

The Barclays Cycle Hire scheme is due to expand westwards to Wandsworth, Hammersmith & Fulham, Lambeth and Kensington & Chelsea by 2013.

Additional funding of £25 million is being provided by Barclays, and the Westfield shopping centre is also paying for the scheme to reach its Shepherds Bush shopping centre by spring 2012.

Approximately 12 new docking stations will connect the existing Cycle Hire zone in Kensington to Westfield White City, with around six docking stations being installed at the site.

Cyclists have been calling for an expansion of the scheme since it was launched a year ago, as well as dramatic improvements in street conditions for the tens of thousands of Cycle Hire users.

More than 6 million journeys have been made so far on the bikes.

The Cycle Hire scheme is already due to be extended to the whole of Tower Hamlets and parts of Islington and Hackney by mid-2012.

Transport for London says that 2000 new cycles and 4200 extra docking points will be installed across the existing and new hire zones when the second phase of expansion is complete.