East-West Cycle Superhighway Section 10: Victoria Embankment / Horse Guards Road

Closed 9 Nov 2014

Opened 3 Sep 2014

Overview

 

Section 10 – Victoria Embankment / Horse Guards Avenue

Proposals include:

  • Segregated two-way cycle track replaces traffic lanes on Victoria Embankment
  • Mandatory cycle lane and new signalised pedestrian crossing replaces one southbound traffic lane at the junction of Horse Guards Avenue/ Victoria Embankment
  • No left turn from Victoria Embankment into Horse Guards Avenue (except cycles and buses on diversion)
  • Signalised cycle crossing connection to and from Horse Guards Avenue
  • New tour bus stand bypasses for cyclists
  • Barclays Cycle Hire docking station moved to segregating island
  • Proposed changes to parking and loading on Victoria Embankment

 

 

 

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Segregated two-way cycle track replaces traffic lanes on Victoria Embankment

  • The cycle track would be at carriageway level on the southern side of the road and would be between 3.5 metres and 4 metres wide
  • The cycle track would be separated from other traffic by a kerbed island at least 3 metres wide
  • No coloured surfacing would be used

 

Visualisation of proposed segregated two-way cycle track on Victoria Embankment

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Mandatory cycle lane and new signalised pedestrian crossing replaces one southbound traffic lane at the junction of Horse Guards Avenue/ Victoria Embankment

  • Mandatory cycle lanes would be introduced on both sides of Horse Guards Avenue
  • The cycle lanes would replace one southbound traffic lane on the approach to Victoria Embankment
  • Dedicated traffic lights for cycles would allow cyclists to cross the Horse Guards Avenue junction while other traffic is held back (see below)
  • A new Advanced Stop Line (ASL) and mandatory cycle lane would replace one traffic lane at the junction with Parliament Street
  • The lanes would be between 1.7 metres and 2 metres wide
  • Removing a southbound traffic lane would also allow us to introduce a new signalised pedestrian crossing over Horse Guards Avenue
  • No coloured surfacing would be used

 

No left turn from Victoria Embankment into Horse Guards Avenue (except cycles and buses on diversion)

  • The introduction of the cycle track would reduce the available carriageway space, meaning the turning circle of left turning vehicles from Victoria Embankment could no longer be accommodated
  • Banning the left turn would also enable the introduction of a new signalised pedestrian crossing on Horse Guards Avenue
  • Our latest traffic counts show a maximum of 24 vehicles per hour making the left turn (excluding cycles)

 

Signalised cycle crossing connection to and from Horse Guards Avenue

  • Dedicated traffic lights for cycles would allow cyclists to enter or leave Horse Guards Avenue while other traffic is held back
  • A waiting pocket would be provided within the segregated cycle track on Victoria Embankment for cyclists wanting to join or leave the East-West Cycle Superhighway

 

New tour bus stand bypasses for cyclists

  • The westbound tour bus stand at Westminster Pier would have a bypass for cyclists
  • Cyclists would continue behind the tour bus stand on a carriageway-level cycle track
  • Crossing points would be provided on the cycle track to allow tour bus passengers to conveniently access the waiting area
  • Bus stop bypasses are used elsewhere in London, the UK and Europe. They were recently introduced on Barclays Cycle Superhighway Route 2 between Bow and Stratford. A video showing how bus stop bypasses operate is available here
  • Westminster Pier Tour bus stand is currently used by Big Bus Tours

 

Barclays Cycle Hire docking station moved to segregating island

  • The Barclays Cycle Hire docking station slightly north of Horse Guards Avenue junction (landside) would be moved to the new segregating island opposite the existing location to provide easy access to and from the new two-way cycle track
  • The segregating island would be 3 metres wide and would provide enough space to safely use the hire bikes

 

Proposed changes to parking and loading on Victoria Embankment

  • All single red lines on Victoria Embankment would be replaced by double red lines (no stopping at any time)
  • The coach parking to the east of Horse Guards Avenue junction on the riverside would be removed to accommodate a right turn westbound traffic lane at the junction
  • Coach parking would be provided to the west of Horse Guards Avenue
  • Coach bays along Victoria Embankment would be consolidated to one location towards the junction with Bridge Street. The number of coach bays in this section would be increased to accommodate some of the bays removed elsewhere on Victoria Embankment
  • TfL is continuing to work with coach operators and City of Westminster to identify alternative sites

 

Please click here for an overview of proposed changes to parking and loading on Victoria Embankment. TfL has undertaken studies to understand the use of any facilities proposed for removal or relocation, and is consulting directly with affected businesses and residents.

 

Thames Tideway Tunnel

We are working with the Thames Tideway Tunnel project team to ensure that the proposed design and construction programmes for both schemes would be coordinated

 

Impact of these proposals on traffic capacity and pedestrian crossing times

Our latest analysis shows the proposals would mean longer journey times for motorists and bus, coach and taxi passengers along most of the route, both during construction and once complete. There would also be longer journey times for users of many of the roads approaching the proposed route and longer waits for pedestrians at some signalised crossings.

 TfL is developing wider traffic management plans for central London to help reduce the traffic impacts of this scheme and others, including those proposed by London local authorities and developers. This will include investing in advanced traffic signal technology to allow us to better manage traffic depending on differing conditions at any given time. There will also be customer information to enable road users to make informed journey choices and campaigns to encourage road users to check before they travel.

Please click here for a summary of the benefits and impacts for other road users on routes through the proposed scheme area, including predicted changes to journey times.

 

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