North-South Cycle Superhighway Section 4b – New Bridge Street

Closed 9 Nov 2014

Opened 3 Sep 2014


Proposals include:

Segregated two-way cycle track replaces one southbound and partially one northbound traffic lane on New Bridge Street

  • The cycle track would be at carriageway level on the western side of New Bridge Street
  • The track would be 4 metres wide allowing space for two-way cycling and overtaking
  • No coloured surfacing would be used
  • The track would be separated from other traffic by a segregating island between 0.5 and 7 metres wide
  • Cycle parking would be provided on the segregating island.


’Two-stage turn’ and improved pedestrian facilities at Ludgate Circus

  • Cyclists would proceed with ahead traffic to maximise green time, while turning traffic would be held back for safety reasons
  • A ‘two-stage turn’ for cyclists would be provided for cyclists waiting to turn onto Ludgate Hill
  • Improvements for pedestrians including new pedestrian crossings and footway widening.


Southbound bus stop relocated

  • Southbound bus stop K (Queen Victoria Street) on New Bridge Street would be relocated to south of the junction with Pilgrim Street from its current position south of the junction with Apothecary Street.  This would provide more space for general traffic to pass buses at the bus stop
  • Bus stop K is currently served by TfL bus routes 45, 63, N63 and N89.


Changes to parking and loading

  • Existing loading and disabled bays would be relocated from adjacent to the eastern footway to adjacent to the segregating island
  • To accommodate the bus stop relocation the loading bay south of Pilgrim Street would be relocated and shortened
  • Motorcycle parking relocated to the segregating island
  • North of Ludgate Circus the existing loading and disabled bay would be removed to provide an additional traffic lane to improve junction capacity
  • All single red lines would be replaced by double red lines (no stopping at any time).


Changes to Bridewell Place

  • Bridewell Place converted to two-way operation (currently one-way eastbound only)
  • This would improve access following the proposed closure of Tudor Street to general traffic.


Urban realm improvements

  • Potential for additional tree planting (subject to investigation)
  • A reduction in street clutter.


What the proposed segregated two-way cycle track and pedestrian improvements at Ludgate Circus would look like

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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