Section 2 - White Church Lane to Cambridge Heath Road

Closed 2 Nov 2014

Opened 23 Sep 2014



The Barclays Superhighway 2 (CS2) upgrade proposals include:

Kerb-separated cycle tracks replace some pavement and 35 metres of bus lane on Whitechapel 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 two metres wide, narrowing to approximately 1.5 metres at bus stop bypasses
  • There would be a short section of wand-separated westbound cycle lane approximately 2 metres wide just west of Adler Street


Upgraded junction at Vallance Road/New Road

On Whitechapel Road, the new junction layout would include kerb-separated cycle tracks at junction approaches and:

Separate traffic signal phases for cyclists and left-turning traffic on Whitechapel 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


Deeper Advanced Stop Lines, early releases and other provision for cyclists on Vallance Road and New Road

  • Deeper, 7.5-metre Advanced Stop Lines would allow cyclists to wait ahead of traffic
  • An early release 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


For a larger version of this map click here


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


Parking and loading changes

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


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 reduce the bus lane hours of operation from Monday-Saturday, 7am-10am and Monday-Saturday 4pm-7pm to Monday-Saturday, 4pm-7pm between Vallance Road and Cambridge Heath Road to facilitate parking and loading for Whitechapel market from 7am to 10am

We would combine the following bus stops:

  • Eastbound Osborn Street (D) and Fieldgate Street (M). The new combined bus stop would be 30 metres east of where Osborn Street (D) is now
  • Westbound Osborn Street (G) and Fieldgate Street (K). The new Osborn Street (G) bus stop would be 70 metres east of where it is now
  • Westbound Whitechapel Station (C) and Royal London Hospital (A). The new Royal London Hospital (A) stop would be 45 metres east of where it is now


Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations changes

We would relocate two Barclays Cycle Hire docking hire stations to accommodate the cycle track. Please see the map for the docking stations we would relocate. The new locations have yet to be confirmed

Pedestrian crossing changes

We would make these changes to pedestrian crossings:

  • Convert the crossing next to Fieldgate Street from staggered to straight across
  • Relocate the crossing east at Vallance Road/New Road 20 metres east
  • Crossrail would add a temporary straight-across crossing to coincide with the opening of the temporary station entrance at Court Street
  • The pedestrian crossing at Whitechapel Station would be removed and replaced by parking and loading facilities until the new Whitechapel station entrance opens. This crossing would replace the Court Street crossing
  • We would remove some of the central reservation between Vallance Road and Cambridge Heath Road


One tree removed

We would have to remove one smaller tree to accommodate the cycle lane. Where possible, we would replace trees

Impact of the proposals on Whitechapel Market

We are working closely with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to understand the needs of Whitechapel market traders. Our proposals would not reduce the market trading area and we would aim to minimise the impact of the proposals on the operation of the market

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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