Section 5 - Westfield Way to Merchant Street

Closed 2 Nov 2014

Opened 23 Sep 2014

Overview

 

The Barclays Cycle Superhighway 2 (CS2) upgrade proposals include:

Kerb-separated cycle tracks and wand-separated cycle lanes replace some pavement on Mile End Road and Bow Road

  • The cycle track would mainly be at carriageway level, though it would be raised at some points to avoid removing trees
  • The cycle track would be approximately 2 metres wide, narrowing to approximately 1.5 metres at bus stop bypasses
  • Where the road is too narrow to accommodate a kerb-separated cycle track, we would create a wand-separated cycle lane that would be approximately 2 metres wide

 

Upgraded junction at Burdett Road/Grove Road that would ban the right turns from Mile End Road into Burdett Road and from Burdett Road into Mile End Road for motorists

We would build a new junction layout that would include kerb-separated cycle tracks at junction approaches on Mile End Road and:

Separate traffic signal phases for cyclists and left-turning traffic on Mile End Road

  • When cyclists have a green signal, left-turning traffic would be held at red. Cyclists would then be held at a red signal while traffic is turning left
  • This would avoid one of the most common causes of cyclist deaths and injuries – conflict between straight-ahead cyclists and left-turning traffic

 


For a larger version of this map click here

 

Deeper Advanced Stop Lines, early releases and mandatory cycle lanes for cyclists on Grove Road and Burdett Road

  • Deeper, 7.5 metre Advanced Stop Lines would allow cyclists to wait ahead of traffic at the junction approach
  • Early releases would give cyclists arriving at a red signal for all traffic their own green signal before traffic and buses to allow them to move more safely through the junction. When traffic has a green signal, cyclists would proceed with traffic. This design is subject to Department for Transport approval
  • We would provide mandatory cycle lanes

 

A two-stage right turn facility for all right-turning cyclists

  • We would provide a two-stage right turn facility to allow cyclists to turn right more safely
  • Right-turning cyclists would wait in a marked waiting area on the road to the left of the cycle lane until they receive a green signal to cross the junction. This would remove the need for right-turning cyclists to move across lanes of traffic
  • This design is subject to Department for Transport approval.

 

Other changes to the road layout including banned turns

We would:

  • Ban the right turn from Mile End Road into Burdett Road for motorists to accommodate the cycle track. Our latest traffic counts show a maximum of 232 vehicles an hour making the right turn excluding cycles, but including a maximum of 3 HGVs
  • Ban the right turn from Burdett Road into Mile End Road for motorists to accommodate the cycle track. Our latest traffic counts show a maximum of 215 vehicles an hour making the right turn excluding cycles, but including a maximum of 3 buses or coaches
  • Increase the footway area on Grove Road and Burdett Road
  • Widen the central island on Burdett Road for pedestrians

 

Parking and loading changes

  • All loading bays would become loading bay bypasses for cyclists
  • Please see the detailed map above for proposed changes to parking and loading in this section, including proposed changes to hours of operation

 

Right turn pocket into Merchant Street removed

We would remove the right turn pocket into Merchant Street to accommodate the cycle track

 

Bus stop changes

  • Bus stops on the route would become bus stop bypasses. The cycle route would continue behind the stop. Bus passengers would access a 2.5 metre wide waiting area by crossing the cycle track using a raised, marked crossing point. 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
  • We would relocate eastbound bus stop Mile End Station (C) 40m east and westbound bus stop Regent’s Canal (E) 20m west of where they are now

 

Pedestrian crossing changes

We would:

  • move the pedestrian crossing next to Westfield Way 10 metres east of where it is now
  • move the pedestrian crossing outside Mile End station 15 metres west of where it is now
  • change the pedestrian crossing west of Coborn Road from staggered to straight across

 

One tree removed

  • We would remove one larger tree to make room for the cycle track. Where possible, we would replace trees

 

Barclays Cycle Hire docking station changes

  • We would move the Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations from locations shown on the map to make room for the cycle track. We have yet to confirm the new locations

 

Taxi bay changes

  • We would relocate a taxi bay 10 metres east to a new position east of Maplin Street and extend it from 10 metres to 17 metres

 

Traffic capacity and pedestrian crossing time impacts

  • 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 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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Areas

  • Tower Hamlets

Audiences

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

Interests

  • Cycling