Section 3 – Bessborough Gardens / Millbank

Closed 14 Sep 2014

Opened 9 Jul 2014

Overview

 

Proposals include:

  • Segregated two-way cycle track replaces traffic lane
  • Banned left turn from Bessborough Gardens onto Millbank (except cycles)
  • Shared area to help cyclists turn onto and from CS5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Segregated two-way cycle track replaces traffic lane

  • The cycle track would be between 3.6 and 4.6 metres wide
  • The cycle track would be at carriageway level and separated from general traffic by a kerb at least 0.5 metres wide
  • Blue cycle surfacing would be used
  • The central reservation would be adjusted in order to provide three southeast-bound traffic lanes approaching the Millbank junction
  • The existing flowerbed on the south side of the Vauxhall Bridge/Millbank junction would be made smaller in order to make space for an extra left turn traffic lane at the junction
  • Our scheme and network traffic impact analysis shows that the completed scheme would mean longer journeys at busy times for most motorists and bus passengers in the area. We would work to mitigate the impact as much as possible, including continuing to invest in our already-sophisticated traffic management systems, and looking to reduce delays to buses by improving journey times at other locations on the same routes.

 

Banned left turn from Bessborough Gardens onto Millbank (except cycles)
  • Banning the turn would allow cyclists on CS5 to move across the junction at the same time as straight-ahead and right-turning motorists from Bessborough Gardens.
  • Not banning the turn would increase waiting times and queues for all users of the junction, as an extra traffic light stage would be needed to let cyclists cross separately from motorists.
  • Our latest traffic counts** show that 46 vehicles per hour make this turn in the morning rush hour, with 60 per hour in the evening rush hour. Over a 12 hour survey an average of 62 vehicles per hour make this turn, with a maximum of 74 vehicles per hour recorded at any time
  • We expect that some local journeys would use alternative routes via John Islip Street before accessing Millbank via Ponsonby Terrace or Ponsonby Place. We also expect re-routing via other local alternatives such as Rochester Row and Victoria Street.
  • We expect that vehicles making longer journeys would continue their journeys by travelling over Vauxhall Bridge before turning left onto Albert Embankment.

 

The map below shows the potential alternative routes for motorists affected by the proposed banned left turn from Bessborough Gardens into Millbank.

 

Shared area to help cyclists turn onto and from CS5

  • Cyclists wanting to access Grosvenor Road could use the shared area to join the Advanced Stop Line on Millbank
  • Cyclists turning right from Millbank could use the shared area to access the cycle track on Vauxhall Bridge. Those turning left could use it to bypass the traffic lights

**traffic count data from April 2014 and May 2014

 

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