Revised proposals for the East-West Cycle Superhighway at Northumberland Avenue / Victoria Embankment

Closed 29 Mar 2015

Opened 9 Feb 2015

Overview

Update - 4 June 2015

We received 663 responses to the consultation, of which 74% supported or partially supported our proposals.

After considering all responses, we intend to proceed with the scheme as set out in the consultation documents. Additionally commuter coach services will be able to use the existing tour bus stop at Westminster Pier. We also intend to allow commuter coaches to serve the Banqueting House stop on Whitehall as an alternative, subject to discussions with Westminster City Council. This would provide another nearby option for services affected by the removal of bus and coach stop Y on Victoria Embankment.

We plan to start construction work around the Victoria Embankment / Northumberland Avenue junction in July 2015, with completion for the East-West route planned for spring 2016.

Click here for the Victoria Embankment / Northumberland Avenue Response to Consultation report (PDF)

We continue to consider responses for the Hyde Park, St. James’s Park and the Green Park and Lancaster Gate consultations, and we expect to issue an update in summer 2015.

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Following the September 2014 consultation on the East-West Cycle Superhighway, and the decision of the TfL Board to proceed with the overall scheme, we are inviting comments on revised proposals for the section of the route at Victoria Embankment / Northumberland Avenue.

Feedback from the September 2014 consultation included concerns about the traffic impact of the scheme. In response to this and following further investigations, we have made changes to the designs for the Northumberland Avenue junction that would improve its operation and reduce the impact on general traffic. This is part of a package of measures designed to reduce the journey time impact of the East-West Cycle Superhighway (please see tfl.gov.uk/cycle-east-west for more details). The proposals also include changes to the road layout and local bus operations.
 

The new proposals at Victoria Embankment / Northumberland Avenue include

  • Proposed changes to local coach and tour bus operations. To keep traffic moving more freely on Victoria Embankment, southbound bus stop Y on Victoria Embankment near Northumberland Avenue would be removed. We are investigating options for relocating this stop
  • Banning the right turn from Northumberland Avenue into Victoria Embankment for all vehicles except cycles from the cycle track to keep traffic moving more freely
  • Removing the pedestrian crossing on Victoria Embankment south of Northumberland Avenue (under Hungerford Bridge) to keep traffic moving more freely
  • Proposed changes to parking and loading on Victoria Embankment
     

Elements of the previous proposals that would remain

  • Segregated two-way cycle track would replace two traffic lanes on Victoria Embankment
  • Advisory cycle lane would replace one eastbound traffic lane on Northumberland Avenue at the junction with Victoria Embankment
  • Pedestrian island and signalised cycle crossing would replace one southbound traffic lane on Victoria Embankment south of Northumberland Avenue
     

Benefits of the scheme compared to previous proposals

Removing the right turn, pedestrian crossing and bus/coach stop would help traffic to flow more freely on Victoria Embankment. This would reduce the journey time impacts of the proposals for general traffic compared to the previous proposals (see below for further details).
 

Details of the revised proposals

Removed bus and coach stop

  • To allow southbound traffic to flow more freely on Victoria Embankment towards the busy Northumberland Avenue junction, southbound bus stop Y on Victoria Embankment near Northumberland Avenue would be removed
  • Our latest analysis shows this would reduce the journey time impacts of the proposals for general traffic on the East-West Cycle Superhighway compared with the previous proposal
  • Bus and coach stop Y is currently used by TfL bus route N550 to Trafalgar Square, Big Bus Tours, The Original Tour, coach routes 771 and 772 to Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard and Linslade and any coaches which terminate at Victoria or Vauxhall
  • These services would use other stops on Victoria Embankment between Bridge Street and Horse Guards Avenue and on Northumberland Avenue
  • We will continue to investigate options for relocating this stop
     

Banned right turn from Northumberland Avenue into Victoria Embankment (except cycles from the cycle track)

  • Banning the right turn from Northumberland Avenue into Victoria Embankment for all vehicles except cyclists on the cycle track would help keep traffic moving more freely by allowing southbound traffic on Victoria Embankment to pass through the junction at the same time as traffic turning left out of Northumberland Avenue
  • Our latest analysis shows this would reduce the journey time impacts of the proposals for general traffic on the East-West Cycle Superhighway compared with the previous proposal
  • Our latest traffic counts show a maximum of 101 vehicles per hour turning right from Northumberland Avenue into Victoria Embankment in the morning and evening peaks (excluding cycles), compared to a maximum of 603 vehicles per hour turning left from Victoria Embankment into Northumberland Avenue in the morning and evening peaks (excluding cycles)
     

East-West Cycle Superhighway - Victoria Embankment / Northumberland Avenue map (PDF)
 

Removing the pedestrian crossing on Victoria Embankment north of Northumberland Avenue

  • Removing the pedestrian crossing on Victoria Embankment north of Northumberland Avenue (under Hungerford Bridge) would help keep traffic flowing more freely through the eastern section of the junction
  • Alternative pedestrian crossings are available either side of the junction - approximately 40 metres south of the junction and approximately 65 metres north (outside Embankment station). These would remain in place
  • Our latest analysis shows this would reduce the journey time impacts of the proposals for general traffic compared with the previous proposal
     

Proposed changes to parking and loading on Victoria Embankment

  • The motorcycle parking on the western side of Victoria Embankment south of Northumberland Avenue would be relocated to the island between the cycle track and the carriageway. The new bay would be the same size as the existing bay (35 metres)
  • The riverside loading bay south of Northumberland Avenue would be extended from 11 metres to 15 metres and inset into the segregating island. Operating hours would be reduced, with no loading between 7am – 10am and 4pm – 7pm
  • A new 20 metre inset loading bay would be provided north of bus stop Y. This would also operate with no loading between 7am – 10am and 4pm – 7pm
  • We are extending the time during which vehicles are allowed to stop and load in these loading bays from 20 minutes to 40 minutes
     

No changes are planned to the following elements of the original proposals

Segregated two-way cycle track replaces traffic lanes on Victoria Embankment

  • The cycle track would be at carriageway level on the eastern side of the road and would be between 3.2 and 4.3 metres wide
  • The cycle track would be separated from other traffic by a kerbed island between 1.2 and 3 metres wide
  • No coloured surfacing would be used
  • This would replace two traffic lanes (one southbound and one northbound) on Victoria Embankment
     

Advisory cycle lane replaces one eastbound traffic lane at Northumberland Avenue junction

  • The cycle lane would be advisory across the entrance to Embankment Place, but separated from other traffic by a kerbed island 1.2 metres wide at the junction with Victoria Embankment
  • The lane would be between 1.5 and 2 metres wide
  • No coloured surfacing would be used
  • The footway on the south eastern corner would be reduced by 3.8 metres in order to retain the left-turning traffic lane into Northumberland Avenue.
    A minimum footway width of 4.4 metres would remain
     

Pedestrian island and signalised cycle crossing replaces one southbound traffic lane on Victoria Embankment south of Northumberland Avenue

  • The pedestrian island would be 3 metres wide to provide a large enough waiting area for pedestrians using the signalised crossings across the cycle track and Victoria Embankment
  • Dedicated traffic lights for cycles would allow cyclists to cross the Northumberland Avenue junction to join and leave the East-West Cycle Superhighway while other traffic is held
     

Thames Tideway Tunnel

We are working with the Thames Tideway Tunnel project team to ensure that the proposed design and construction programmes would be coordinated.
 

Impact of these proposals on traffic capacity and pedestrian crossing times

The overall proposal for the East-West Cycle Superhighway 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 slightly longer waits for pedestrians at some signalised crossings. However the changes included in this consultation, along with other design changes would help reduce the overall time impacts of the proposals for general traffic. Motorists would be affected by a new traffic restriction at this junction, and would need to find an alternative route to travel westbound on Victoria Embankment from Northumberland Avenue.

TfL is developing wider traffic management plans for central London to help reduce the traffic impacts of this proposed 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 predicted journey time impacts through the scheme area for different road users
 

Public exhibitions

We will be holding the following public exhibitions, where you can view the proposals, speak to members of the project team and ask questions. You can also speak to staff about these proposals at consultation events for other sections of the route (see below)
 

Hyde Park, outdoors at the junction between West Carriage Drive and
North Carriage Drive*

  • Wednesday 18 February, 0730-1000


*The location of this event was changed to the junction of West Carriage Drive and Rotten Row in order to accommodate the HGV transporting the marquee. However, due to an error, the information was not updated. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.
 

Lancaster London Hotel, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY

  • Monday 23 February, 1600-2000


Apsley Gate, Hyde Park, near Hyde Park Corner Underground station

  • Tuesday 3 March, 1100-1400
     

St. James’s Church, Sussex Gardens, W2 3UD

  • Sunday 8 March, 1200-1500
     

Wellington Arch, Hyde Park corner roundabout, W1J 7JZ

  • Tuesday 10 March, 0730-0930
     

Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 1 Birdcage Walk, SW1H 9JJ

  • Tuesday 17 March, 1600-2000
     

Lancaster London Hotel, Lancaster Terrace, W2 2TY

  • Thursday 26 March, 1600-2000
     


Further consultation on other sections of East-West Cycle Superhighway

We also are inviting comments on proposals for improved cycling provision in Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park, and on revised proposals for the section of the route at Lancaster Gate. Please see tfl.gov.uk/east-west-consult for details, including further public exhibitions in these areas.

All of the above consultations close on Sunday 29 March 2015.
 

Contact us

You can also request paper copies of plans and a response form, copies in Braille, large text or another language by emailing consultations@tfl.gov.uk, writing to FREEPOST TFL CONSULTATIONS, or calling 0343 222 1155*.

*Service and network charges may apply

 

Areas

  • Westminster

Audiences

  • Public
  • Stakeholders
  • Local residents
  • Local businesses
  • Schools
  • London Boroughs
  • Coach Operators
  • Taxi trade
  • Transport for London
  • Taxi customers and other stakeholders

Interests

  • Cycling