TfL unveils cycle superhighway plans

10/07/2014
Highways Reporters

Transport for London (TfL) has unveiled plans for the capital’s first segregated cycle superhighway.

Thousands of cyclists will no longer have to use the Vauxhall gyratory, one of the most threatening in London, under plans published today (10 July 2014).

A continuous two-way and separated east-west track will be built from Kennington Oval to Pimlico, through the gyratory and across Vauxhall Bridge, breaking one of the most significant barriers to cycling in the capital.

There will also be substantially more space for pedestrians, with around one square kilometre of new footway. The scheme also creates space for new protected north-south routes through the gyratory, the first of which will be installed later in 2015.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "In my Cycling Vision I promised that the worst and most dangerous junctions would be made safe for cyclists. Vauxhall is the first. In the same week London hosted the Tour de France, I am perhaps even more excited by this scheme, which will help ordinary cyclists every day for years to come."

The new segregated track will be part of Cycle Superhighway 5 from Belgrave Square to New Cross. It will also link to back-street "Quietway" cycle routes at both ends, allowing cyclists from a wide area of south London to reach large parts of Westminster, the West End and central London entirely on traffic-free or low-traffic routes. These links will also make it possible for cyclists to avoid another of London's most difficult gyratories, Victoria.

Public consultation opens today on the plans and they will be open for comments until 14 September. Subject to responses, work to deliver the scheme could begin in Winter 2014.

Currently, cyclists make up almost a quarter of rush-hour traffic through Vauxhall, with around 3,000 cyclists using Vauxhall Bridge in the rush hours alone. Despite this, it can be intimidating for cyclists, requiring multiple manoeuvres in the middle of often fast-moving traffic. Making Vauxhall more cycle-friendly is vital to open up cycling to more people in south London.

Leon Daniels, managing director of surface transport at Transport for London (TfL), said: "These proposed radical changes would provide a safe and direct route to people travelling through Vauxhall on bicycle, whether they are commuting, exercising or just enjoying being on two-wheels. We have worked hard to come up with a scheme to improve facilities for both pedestrians and cyclists throughout this busy area and we would welcome any comments from local residents or road users on these ambitious, but deliverable plans."

The scheme is entirely separate from the longer-term ambitions to reshape the whole of Vauxhall, but will be incorporated into those plans when they are published later. The consultation will also ask for opinions on three route options between Pimlico and Belgravia, which have been developed by Westminster City Council:

Option one: cyclists in both directions travel using contra-flow cycle lanes on Belgrave Road, Eccleston Street and Belgrave Place

Option two: northbound cyclists travel on Belgrave Road, Eccleston Street and Belgrave Place while southbound cyclists would travel on Lyall Street, Elizabeth Street and St George's Drive. Segregated tracks and new traffic signals will be built to separate cyclists from coaches near Victoria and Bulleid Way coach stations

Option three: as option two, but southbound cyclists turn right from Lyall Street into Ebury Street, then use Cundy Street, Ebury Square, Ebury Bridge, Sutherland Street and Lupus Street.

The new Vauxhall track would require the removal of two sections of general traffic lane, and a short section of bus lane, to create the improved conditions for cyclists.
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