Proposed banned left turn from Tower Bridge Road into Abbey Street

Closed 14 Nov 2012

Opened 19 Oct 2012

Results Updated 21 Dec 2012

The majority of respondents supported banning the turn as soon as possible. There were no comments to prevent TfL from proceeding with the proposal. TfL has therefore decided to ban the left turn.

TfL is planning further improvements for cyclists and pedestrians at this junction. We will consult on our proposals in early 2013.



Transport for London (TfL) is working with interested parties - including cycling and road safety organisations - to review and improve cycling provision at major junctions across London. Please see for more information.

Why We Are Consulting

As part of this work we are developing proposals to improve safety at the junction of Tower Bridge Road and Abbey Street.

What we’re proposing and why

We are proposing to ban the left turn from Tower Bridge Road into Abbey Street to reduce the potential for conflict between cyclists and left-turning vehicles. Traffic counts show that fewer than 4 vehicles per hour make this turn at peak time.

We intend to ban the left turn towards the end of December 2012 and will advertise the changes to the Traffic Order in November.

Other planned changes at the Tower Bridge Road/Abbey Street junction

We are also developing proposals for more substantial improvements for cyclists and pedestrians at this junction, including improved pedestrian crossing facilities. More information will be available early next year, once these proposals have been developed further.

Earlier this year we marked-out Advanced Stop Lines (ASLs) in green and put blind spot safety mirrors on the signals at the junction so cyclists are more visible to vehicles turning.

Please click here to view map for further information on the proposals.

Have your say

Please give us your views by completing the online consultation form below by  14 November 2012.


  • Southwark


  • Public
  • Stakeholders
  • Local residents


  • Junction Improvements