The Oyster Effect
Cycle Orbital uses and adds to the existing Sustrans National Cycle Network, but has a specific advantage: it exploits the fact that off-peak rail travel is free or low-cost to TfL Freedom Pass, Oyster and season ticket holders.
With that weak economic friction, you are liberated to devise a trip that does not have to return to the start point, anywhere around the capital - and liberated from the use of a car. It will open up a range of new excursions for urban cyclists in particular.
Cycle Orbital research began back in 2015. Since then some important improvements in connectivity have come to fruition (some - notably Crossrail - have not). A new London Bridge station and track layout at both ends has transformed the north-south Thameslink service, and the Overground service and network has both expanded and improved immeasurably. Electrification of the GWR suburban service and new rolling stock on a number of routes are other examples of an improving railway system at the start of 2020.
Timetabling, post Covid