Section 2 - Farringdon Street (between Holborn Viaduct and Charterhouse Street)

Closed 20 Mar 2016

Opened 8 Feb 2016


We consulted on the alignment of the North-South Cycle Superhighway between Elephant & Castle and King’s Cross in autumn 2014. The section between Elephant & Castle and Stonecutter Street is now under construction. This consultation describes the detailed proposals for the route north of Stonecutter Street.

Northbound and southbound stepped cycle track replace northbound bus lane on Farringdon Street under Holborn Viaduct

  • The stepped cycle tracks would be on the western and eastern sides of Farringdon Street between Stonecutter Street and Charterhouse Street
  • The tracks would be minimum of 2.5m wide allowing space for cyclists to overtake.

Northbound segregated cycle track and southbound mandatory cycle lane replace one northbound bus lane on Farringdon Street

  • The cycle facilities would be minimum of 1.5m wide
  • Northbound cyclists would be segregated from other traffic by a segregation island between 0.5 and 2.5m wide
  • Gaps in the segregation would enable access to and from the proposed Central London Grid (CLG) via West Smithfield (not part of this consultation)
  • Northbound cyclists proceed with ahead traffic at the junction with Charterhouse Street to maximise green time while turning traffic is held back
  • Early releases for cyclists at all arms at Charterhouse Street junction
  • Use of colour at West Smithfield junction and Charterhouse Street junction to highlight the presence of cyclists to other traffic.

New bus stop bypasses

  • Northbound bus stop HS (Snow Hill) and southbound bus stop HT (Snow Hill) on Farringdon Street would have a bypass for cyclists
  • Cyclists would be directed behind each bus stop on a 1.5 metres cycle track.  Bus passengers would access a waiting area by crossing the cycle track using a raised marked crossing point. The waiting area would be a minimum of 2.5 metres wide. Raised delineators either side of the cycle track indicate where it is flush with the footway
  • The southbound footway would be narrowed by 1.2 metres outside Smithfield Market to accommodate the new bus stop bypass. Usable footway width would be maintained owing to the bus shelter being relocated to the island
  • Bus stop bypasses are used elsewhere in London, the UK and Europe. A video showing how bus stop bypasses operate is available here
  • Bus stops HS and HT are currently used by bus routes 17, 45, 63, N63.

An artist's impression of North-South Cycle Superhighway on Farringdon Street, looking southbound from Farringdon station

Changes to parking and loading restrictions

  • All single red lines would be replaced by double red lines (no stopping at any time)
  • The taxi, loading and disabled bays on the western side and centre of the road would be relocated to the segregation island
  • The existing loading / disabled bay on the eastern side would be removed due to a lack of space for suitable relocation. Kerbside activity surveys show that this is not well used.

Changes to West Smithfield junction

  • The footway would be widened and the location of the existing island altered
  • The junction approach would be raised to footway level to reduce the speed of vehicles and to give pedestrians a level crossing point.

Early release for cyclists

  • Early release signals would be provided for cyclists on all arms at the Charterhouse Street junction. A video showing how an early release operates is available here.

‘Two-stage turn’ facilities at the Charterhouse Street junction

  • A ‘two-stage turn’ would be provided for cyclists wanting to turn right onto Charterhouse Street. A video showing how a two-stage right turn operates is available here.

New straight across signalised pedestrian crossings on all arms at Charterhouse Street junction

  • Four new straight across signalised pedestrian crossings at Charterhouse Street junction.

Banned right turns onto Charterhouse Street (west) from Farringdon Road (north)

  • Banned right turn for southbound vehicles onto Charterhouse Street (west). Our latest traffic counts show that up to 104 vehicles per hour make this movement at the busiest times. Alternative routes for westbound traffic include Roseberry Avenue, Charterhouse Street/West Smithfield or Fleet Street.

Urban realm and pedestrian improvements

  • Reduced street clutter
  • Widening pavements at three of four corners at Charterhouse Street and at West Smithfield.

Click here for a larger version of the above map (PDF)

Please click here for a table showing predicted changes to journey times on routes through the proposed scheme area.

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