East-West Cycle Superhighway Section 11: Victoria Embankment / Westminster Bridge

Closed 9 Nov 2014

Opened 3 Sep 2014

Overview

 

Section 11 – Victoria Embankment / Westminster Bridge

Proposals include:

  • Wider footway and segregated two-way cycle track replaces two southbound and one northbound traffic lanes on Victoria Embankment
  • Segregated two-way cycle track replaces traffic lanes and bus feeder lane on Bridge Street
  • Segregated one-way cycle feeder lane and wider footway replace one westbound traffic lane and short sections of bus lane in both directions on Westminster Bridge
  • Dedicated crossings and traffic light phases for cyclists
  • No left turn from Victoria Embankment into Westminster Bridge and no right turn from Westminster Bridge into Victoria Embankment
  • New tour bus stop bypass for cyclists
  • Changes to parking and loading on Victoria Embankment

 

 

For a larger version of this map click here

 

Wider footway and segregated two-way cycle track replaces two southbound and one northbound traffic lanes on Victoria Embankment

  • The cycle track would be at carriageway level on the eastern (river) side of the road and would be 4 metres wide
  • The track would be separated from other traffic by a kerbed island between 2.9 and 6.6 metres wide
  • The footway on the eastern side would be extended by up to 6.5 metres to provide more space for pedestrians
  • The pedestrian island on Victoria Embankment would be extended from between 5.6 and 7.2 metres to between 7.8 and 9.8 metres wide to provide more space for pedestrians
  • No coloured surfacing would be used

 

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

For a larger version of this visualisation please click here

 

Segregated two-way cycle track replaces traffic lanes and bus feeder lane on Bridge Street

  • The cycle track would be at carriageway level on the southern side of the road, passing around the existing security barrier. The track would be 4 metres wide
  • The track would be separated from other traffic by a kerbed island between 0.5 and 1.5 metres wide
  • No coloured surfacing would be used
  • The proposals would mean one less traffic lane in each direction
  • We would need to remove the existing 52 metre bus feeder lane at the junction with Parliament Square to make room for the cycle track

 

Segregated one-way cycle feeder lane and wider footway replace one westbound traffic lane and short sections of bus lane in both directions on Westminster Bridge

  • The westbound cycle track would be at carriageway level on the southern side of the road and would be between 2.2 and 3.6 metres wide
  • It would be separated from other traffic by a kerbed island between 0.9 and 1.7 metres wide
  • The pedestrian refuge island would be widened from 1.8 metres to 3.4 metres to provide more space for pedestrians
  • The changes would require the existing east and westbound bus lanes on Westminster Bridge to be shortened by 66 and 60 metres respectively.
  • Proposals for further cycling infrastructure improvements on Westminster Bridge will be consulted on as part of the Better Junctions scheme at Westminster Bridge Road. Our wish is for segregation for cyclists on the bridge, subject to this being feasible.

 

Dedicated crossings and traffic light phases for cyclists

  • A dedicated signal phase would allow cyclists to cross to and from Victoria Embankment and Bridge Street whilst other traffic is held on a red light.
  • A dedicated signal phase would allow cyclists to join and leave the East West Cycle Superhighway from Westminster Bridge whilst other traffic is held on a red light.

 

No left turn from Victoria Embankment into Westminster Bridge and no right turn from Westminster Bridge into Victoria Embankment

  • We are proposing to ban these movements in order to accommodate a separately-signalled cycle track whilst still allowing the junction to operate effectively
  • A separately-signalled cycle track would increase the number of traffic light stages required at the junction, meaning people would need to wait longer at red lights. Banning the turns would help mitigate the impact and reduce queuing
  • Our latest traffic counts show a maximum of 185 vehicles per hour turning left onto Westminster Bridge and 199 vehicles per hour turning right onto Victoria Embankment (excluding cycles)

 

New tour bus stop bypass for cyclists

  • The relocated southbound tour bus stop serving Westminster Pier would have a bypass for cyclists
  • Cyclists would continue behind the bus stop on a carriageway-level cycle track 4 metres wide. Crossing points would be provided on the cycle track to allow bus passengers to conveniently access the wide waiting area (between 3.5 and 4.3 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.
  • Westminster Pier tour bus stop is currently used by Big Bus Tours [Red, Blue] and The Original Tour [T1, T3]

 

Changes to parking and loading on Victoria Embankment:

  • New coach parking would be provided to the north of Derby Gate (riverside)
  • The riverside loading bay north of Derby Gate would be moved 35 metres east of its current location,  shortened from 20 metres to 15 metres, and moved next to the segregating island

 

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.

 

Future proposals for improved cycling provision on Westminster Bridge

Proposals for cycling infrastructure improvements on Westminster Bridge will be consulted on as part of the Better Junctions scheme at Westminster Bridge Road. Our wish is for segregation for cyclists on the bridge, subject to this being feasible.

 

Go to previous section

Go to next section

 

 

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

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

Interests

  • Cycling