East-West Cycle Superhighway Section 6: Victoria Embankment / Temple Place (east)

Closed 9 Nov 2014

Opened 3 Sep 2014

Overview

 

Section 6 – Victoria Embankment / Temple Place (east)

Proposals include:

  • Segregated two-way cycle track replaces one eastbound traffic lane
  • Cycle connection with Temple Place (east)
  • Barclays Cycle Hire docking station relocated from Temple Avenue
  • Bus and coach stop bypasses for cyclists
  • Bus and coach stops moved
  • Changes to parking and loading on Victoria Embankment and Temple Place (east)

 

 

 

 

 

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Segregated two-way cycle track replaces one eastbound traffic lane

  • The cycle track would be at carriageway level and would be between 3.4 and 4.1 metres wide
  • It would be separated from other traffic by a kerbed island between 2.5 and 3 metres wide (narrowing at the junction)
  • No coloured surfacing would be used

 

Cycle connection with Temple Place (east)

  • A 3 metre gap in the segregating island would allow cyclists exiting Temple Place to join the East West cycle track
  • Cyclists would exit Temple Place under signal control from an Advanced Stop Line, and then wait in a marked waiting area for a safe opportunity to join the cycle track
  • The footway at the junction of Temple Place (east) would be extended to provide more space for pedestrians

 

Barclays Cycle Hire docking station relocated from Temple Avenue

  • The docking station would be moved to the segregating island in order to accommodate the proposed road layout changes at Temple Avenue
  • The segregating island would be 3 metres wide to allow enough space to safely use the hire bikes
  • The new position of this docking station would provide good access to and from the new two-way cycle track

 

Bus and coach stop bypasses for cyclists

  • Westbound bus and coach stops on Victoria Embankment would have bypasses for cyclists
  • Cyclists would continue behind the stop on a carriageway level, 3.5 metre wide, cycle track
  • Bus passengers would access a waiting area by crossing the cycle track using a raised, marked crossing point. The waiting area would be 3 metres wide
  • 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.
  • Bus and coach stop W is currently used by TfL bus route N550 to Trafalgar Square and coach routes 771, 772 to Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard and Linslade, and any coaches which terminate at Victoria or Vauxhall
  • The bus and coach stop serving Temple Avenue is currently used by TfL bus route N550 to Trafalgar Square and as an alighting point for coaches terminating at Embankment, Victoria or Vauxhall

 

Bus and coach stops moved

  • The westbound bus and coach stop W that serves Temple station would be relocated about 60 metres to the east in order to make room for a relocated loading bay on the segregating island
  • The eastbound bus and coach stop N that serves Temple station would be moved about 100 metres to the west (to Section 7) to help the Temple Place (east) junction function effectively and to ensure clear visibility of the traffic lights when a bus is at the stop
  • Bus and coach stop N is currently used by TfL bus route N550 towards Bank, coach routes: 731, 734, 735, 736, 737, 741, 761, 762, 763, 764, 769, 770, 771, 772, 780, 781, 784, 786, 788, 790, 799, and services operated by The Kings Ferry

 

Changes to parking and loading and Temple Place (east)

  • The new cycle track and resulting reduction in traffic lanes would mean one loading / disabled parking bay and one loading bay on Victoria Embankment (riverside) would need to be removed
  • The riverside loading bay currently located east of Temple Place (east) would be removed to keep the carriageway free for general traffic and allow room for the relocated bus and coach stop. The nearest dedicated loading facility would be 100 metres to the east (see Section 5).
  • The riverside loading bay currently located just west of Temple Place (east) would be removed to keep the carriageway free for general traffic. There would not be enough room on the segregating island to accommodate the bay there. The nearest dedicated loading facility would be 60 metres to the west (see Section 7).
  • We will continue discussions with City of Westminster to identify suitable relocations where possible

 

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.

 

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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