East-West Cycle Superhighway Section 3: (Lambeth Hill – Arthur Street)

Closed 9 Nov 2014

Opened 3 Sep 2014

Overview

 

Section 3 - Upper Thames Street (Lambeth Hill – Arthur Street)

Proposals include:

  • Segregated two-way cycle track replaces one eastbound traffic lane
  • No right turn into Swan Lane from Upper Thames Street (except cycles)
  • Dedicated traffic lights for cyclists travelling along Upper Thames Street at Arthur Street
  • Changes to footway widths
  • New coach stop bypass for cyclists underneath Cannon Street station
  • New mandatory cycle lane, ‘early start’ facility for cyclists and new pedestrian crossing replace one northbound traffic lane on Southwark Bridge Road
  • New crossing area for cyclists wanting to access Cousin Lane
  • Extended right-turn pocket for vehicles wanting to access Bell Wharf Lane

 

 

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Segregated two-way cycle track replaces one eastbound traffic lane

  • The cycle track would be at carriageway level on the northern side of the road and would be between 3 and 4 metres wide
  • The track would be separated from other traffic by a kerbed island at least 0.7 metres wide
  • No coloured surfacing would be used

 

No right turn into Swan Lane from Upper Thames Street (except cycles)

  • The introduction of the cycle track would reduce the available carriageway space and it would not be possible to provide a right-turn pocket for traffic. If the right turn was not banned, vehicles wanting to turn would block eastbound traffic, resulting in increased queuing on Upper and Lower Thames Street.
  • Cyclists turning right or left from Upper Thames Street onto Swan Lane would wait at a signalised turning area on Arthur Street
  • Our latest traffic counts show a maximum of 80 vehicles per hour making this movement (excluding cycles)

 

Dedicated traffic lights for cyclists travelling along Upper Thames Street at Arthur Street

  • Dedicated traffic lights for cycles would allow cyclists to travel along Upper Thames Street while left-turning traffic is held back

 

Changes to footway widths

  • We would need to narrow the footway in places on both sides of Upper Thames Street to make room for the new cycle track. A minimum width of 2.5 metres would be retained

 

New coach stop bypass for cyclists

  • Eastbound coach stop 47 (underneath Cannon Street station) would have a bypass for cyclists
  • Cyclists would be directed behind the coach stop on a 2.7 metre wide carriageway-level cycle track.  Coach passengers would access a waiting area by crossing the cycle track using a raised marked crossing point
  • Bus/ coach 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
  • Coach stop 47 is currently used by commuter coach routes 731, 734, 735, 736, 737, 761, 762, 763, 764, 769, 770, 781, 784 and 799

 

New mandatory cycle lane, ‘early start’ facility for cyclists and new pedestrian crossing replace one northbound traffic lane on Southwark Bridge Road

  • The cycle lane would be between 1.9 metres and 2.5 metres wide and would feed in to the ‘early start’ facility
  • ‘Early start’ signals would allow northbound cyclists to wait ahead of other traffic at the junction before moving away a few seconds earlier, significantly reducing the chances of conflict between cyclists and turning vehicles
  • An 18 metre area would be provided for cyclists to wait ahead of other traffic
  •  ‘Early-start’ signals are used at Bow roundabout. Monitoring has shown them to be effective at addressing the left-turn conflict that they were designed to address. A video demonstrating their operation is available here
  • A new signalised pedestrian crossing would be introduced across Queen Street Place

 

Other proposals include:

  • New crossing area for cyclists wanting to access Cousin Lane
  • Extended right-turn pocket for vehicles wanting to access Bell Wharf Lane

 

Bank Station Capacity Upgrade works affecting Arthur Street 2015 - 2021

  • TfL is proposing to substantially upgrade the capacity of Bank station from 2016 and will apply for permission in September 2014. This work would require the closure of Arthur Street for the duration of the project. Works to upgrade the station are proposed from 2016 to 2021 with advanced utilities works starting in 2015.  Please click here for more information
  • An interim design for the East-West Cycle Superhighway would be provided to maintain a segregated two-way cycle track whilst the Bank Station Capacity Upgrade (BSCU) works are ongoing. However, the cycle route proposals included in this consultation are for our final scheme, which would be built after the BSCU works have finished
  • We are working with the BSCU 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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Audiences

  • Public
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  • Local residents
  • Local businesses
  • Schools
  • London Boroughs
  • Coach Operators
  • Taxi trade
  • Transport for London

Interests

  • Cycling